Last Updated: February 6th 2010
09/13/2011 08:34 AM
OfficeOne ProTools Color Picker is a PowerPoint add-in (compatible with PowerPoint 2010, 2007, 2003, and 2002) that lets you pick up and apply the colors of lines, fills, effects, etc. to selected shapes and text in your slides. In addition, it also allows you to quickly click on an area of your slide and set that color as the background fill for your slides. Color Picker shows you the color of the pixel directly beneath the cursor on the screen so that you know what exactly you are clicking on.
08/30/2011 09:57 PM
While PowerPoint 2003 and previous versions provided you with an option to recolor your pictures easily, this option was removed in PowerPoint 2007 and also did not make it to the subsequent PowerPoint 2010. This was indeed one of the very cool options in PowerPoint and many long-time users were not too amused with its absence. Yes, if you have a copy of PowerPoint 2003 or an older version installed, you can easily still recolor the pictures in that version -- and then bring that content to any of the newer PowerPoint versions -- but doing that often can be cumbersome and boring -- especially now that PixSwap, a third-party PowerPoint add-in brings back the Recolor option to PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.
11/08/2010 08:57 PM
Steve Hards has always been interested in creating and providing additional resources that can help you create better PowerPoint slides. After creating Opazity, an add-in that lets you obscure a selected object Steve has now released ColorSlammer, a new add-in that lets you fill in intermediate shapes with color values.
04/27/2009 07:43 AM
It's called the Online Color Challenge, and it ascertains how well you see color -- and how well you can differentiate between the various hues of a color as they evolve from one value to another. In its orginal form, this contains four rows of jumbled-up color chips that you need to drag and place so that each color chip is suitably similar to the ones before and after them.
03/16/2009 04:33 AM
ColorSchemer Studio 2.0 is a color oriented application that can be used for creating new color schemes by mixing the color values to create schemes -- all the color schemes are created based on sound color theory principles. ColorSchemer Studio 2.0, is from the company of the same name -- which also creates products like ColorPix, Galleria, etc. You can download a trial version of ColorSchemer Studio 2.0 from their site. They have a Windows version available now, and a Mac version in development -- and also a free online version! For this review, I'm working with the Windows version.
02/06/2009 11:18 PM
Color blindness is some sort of color vision deficiency which results in differences in the way that an affected person sees and distinguishes various colors. It is mostly inherited, but can also be caused due to damage in the eye, nerve, or brain. There is no proven way to change these vision deficiencies. When a color blind user looks at a PowerPoint slide, he or she might view it differently than other people. Even different color blind users may not see the same slide with the same vision -- there are three known varieties of color blind visions.
02/05/2009 01:38 AM
I have already showed you the different outline attributes in PowerPoint 2007. In this tutorial, the outline options series will conclude with this article on gradient lines. Gradient lines are a new feature in PowerPoint 2007
02/04/2009 09:43 PM
I have already explained the basics of outlines in PowerPoint 2007 and changing weight and dash types. In this tutorial we'll learn about adding arrowheads to lines. First things first: arrowheads can only be added to lines within open shapes. Shapes, such as rectangles, circles, etc. are closed shapes. Regular line Shapes, such as straight lines, curves, scribbles, etc. are open shapes.
02/04/2009 01:24 AM
Weight is the thickness attribute of the outline: you can change the weight all the way from a hairline thin line to a chunky thick line. Dash type is the variation between a line without dashes to ones with longer or smaller dashes, or even alternating small and long dashes.
02/03/2009 09:15 PM
We have already covered fills in PowerPoint 2007 and later versions. In the next part of this series of tutorials, we are going to learn about the outlines in PowerPoint 2007. If you moved up to PowerPoint 2007 from an earlier version, you'll find it interesting to know that Microsoft decided to change some terms -- a line is now an outline, and an AutoShape is a shape. Having said that, many interface areas of PowerPoint 2007 still use the term "line" -- so we'll use both line and outline interchangeably.