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03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 20, 2017

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen, author of charting and data visualization books talks about her new Chart Chooser Cards, that she created with Gavin McMahon. We have already featured Gavin in a similar conversation. We also look at Spring visually and as a theme. Explore and download spring themed PowerPoint goodies. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can explore simple spell checks and


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 13, 2017

We begin our series exploring all fonts that have been included with Microsoft Office installations. The first feature of this series looks at Agency FB. We then explore changes at Pickit, an online vendor of clip media with an investment from Microsoft. For those of you who are not aware, Pickit provides free images that you can insert in your PowerPoint slides. In the Tutorials section,


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: March 7, 2017

First of all, we get you a conversation with Steven Blom of Sendsteps, who explains "When attending a conference, meeting or presentation, however, you'll experience that most people do not feel the freedom to speak up." We then bring you Scott Schwertly of Ethos3, who talks about his groundbreaking, new book called What’s Your Presentation Persona? And then we explore how INSCALE from Germany


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 28, 2017

We start with something unusual: how you can draw a petal shape in PowerPoint. This result is very easy to achieve, and yet not so obvious. We also provide a video tutorial on creating a petal shape in PowerPoint. We then bring you a review of Wondershare Filmora, a new video editing program. You can also learn how to identify the version and license of the PowerPoint instance installed on your


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 21, 2017

We bring you night sky backgrounds that are starlit -- discover 5 backgrounds in amazing colors. We then interview Gavin McMahon who talks about his new Chart Chooser Cards he created with Dr. Stephanie D. H. Evergreen. We wind up the Identify Font Types series by showing how you can do so in Microsoft Windows 7. We also show you how you can create Word Clouds for PowerPoint using Word Cloud


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 14, 2017

In an exclusive post, Jon Heathcote talks about the need to use roadmaps on PowerPoint slides. We also explore how you can identify font types in Microsoft Windows 8--we already have similar tutorials for other Windows versions. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about drawing all types of lines: Straight, Curved, Freeform, and Scribbles. Finally, do not miss the new press


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: February 7, 2017

We feature an amazing tutorial from Duarte that looks at working with grids. We then explore alternative ways to work with fonts that are not available on all systems. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about Shape Effects, such as 3-D Rotation Options and 3-D Depth. We also explore Super Themes, Duplicating Slides, and PowerPoint Program Options. Finally, do not miss the


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 31, 2017

We begin by exploring Rooster Shapes, in time for the Chinese New Year--and you can also use these Rooster shapes for other reasons. Ethos3, a leading presentation design house shares a case study about making financial slides. And Kurt Dupont talks about an amazing new option that lets you add text to speech features in PowerPoint! In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 24, 2017

We begin by exploring Morph, a transition in PowerPoint that is more than a mere "transition." In coming weeks, we have planned to bring you more Morph-specific content. In an exclusive conversation, Chad Jardine talks about GoReact, a "game film for presenters." In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about Shape Effects, such as Glows and Soft Edges. Finally, do not miss the


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 17, 2017

We first bring you a complete synopsis of Nancy Duarte's amazing keynote at the Presentation Summit. Next, we feature Jon Schwabish in an interview, where he talks about his new book that's already receiving rave reviews. The book is named Better Presentations. We then explore a fascinating service called Beamium that lets you share your PowerPoint slides in a unique way. We also explore how you


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 10, 2017

We first bring you Jan Ole Kjellesvig of YAY Images, who talks about their amazing add-in for PowerPoint that lets you search for pictures objectively. Did you know that they have a TextSpace feature that shows pictures that can work best with superimposed text? We then feature Pooja Jaisingh, who talks about her new course on LinkedIn Learning called Captivate 9 Advanced Techniques. In the


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: January 3, 2017

In this first issue of the year, we look at two amazing PowerPoint transition effects. Curtains is one of those effects that can be horribly misused, and yet can be effective if used with prior thought. Fade, on the other hand, is one of those all-weather transition effects that can be utilized on any slide. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about the Reset option for


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: December 27, 2016

Rob Dysell of Pickit features in an exclusive conversation, in which he talks about Pickit's Talk Like a Rosling collection that comprises content inspired by the Rosling family. Rishabh Pugalia explains how you can create a pop-up effect with pictures within PowerPoint. We also bring you Gear Graphics for PowerPoint. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about saving PDFs (


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: December 20, 2016

Kurt Dupont of PresentationPoint explains how their add-in DataPoint generates dynamic slides from a database. Additionally, he talks about a new feature integrating Bluetooth buttons. And then we have Tucker Hatfield, a long-time Program Manager at Microsoft who shares some hitherto untold stories about PowerPoint's amazing Background Removal tool. We also feature celebrated author, Steve Bustin


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: December 13, 2016

PowerPoint can only embed TrueType fonts. And the newer fonts are all OpenType. But how do you identify these fonts? Learn more in our Identify Font File Types in PowerPoint tutorial. Fifteen years ago, Neuxpower released NXPowerLite, the first PowerPoint compression tool that reduced file sizes. In the ensuing years, NXPowerLite has evolved and reinvented itself. Mike Power, the founder and


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: December 6, 2016

Visual cliché is an area that deserves more attention, and we bring you a new installment of our PowerPoint Cliché series. This time we explore pictures with Stacks of Coins. We also look at one of PowerPoint's weak areas; it has never complained about a missing font and substitutes any fonts not found with no logic explained. Worse, there's no way to identify a substituted font. We explore how


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 29, 2016

We feature Nancy Duarte's Q&A for Presentation Guild members. We then hear Vinay Mohan of Slideteam, who shares some amazing tips that he explained as part of Ellen Finkelstein's Outstanding Presentations webinar series. Maurizio La Cava of MLC-Design talks about his new book, Lean Presentation Design. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users can learn about inserting pictures. PowerPoint


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 21, 2016

We bring you two inspired options for Thanksgiving. The first is a self-contained Thanksgiving PowerPoint Kit that provides everything you need to create picture slides in PowerPoint. We also bring you Thanksgiving Clip Arts for PowerPoint. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about Picture Corrections, Changing Pictures, Artistic Effects, Changing Colors of Pictures, and


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 15, 2016

The foundations of design are to be found in various concepts, and Color is one of the most important of those concepts. We look at Color from the perspective of a PowerPoint user, and bring you tutorials on the RGB and HSL color models. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about inserting pictures from Facebook and OneDrive, inserting screenshots, recoloring picture


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 8, 2016

Techsmith's new Camtasia 9 is an amazing upgrade, and who can explain the new features better than the people who create this program. Jake Pechtel is the Strategy Lead for Camtasia, and he explains how these features can make a huge difference. We also feature Kurt Dupont of PresentationPoint. He talks about VideoPoint, their new add-in that lets you show videocam content within your PowerPoint


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: November 1, 2016

Don't you want to save time with keyboard shortcuts? We updated our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences ebook for PowerPoint 2016. We also revisit our article that talks about updates to Office 365 applications. In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about inserting pictures. PowerPoint 2010 users can learn about Advanced Program Options, adding and renaming Ribbon


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: October 25, 2016

Do you want to be part of a new presentation industry body? Learn more about the Presentation Guild in an exclusive interview with Echo Swinford. We also bring you some in-depth tutorials that discuss using fonts in PowerPoint. First, we look at whether a particular font can be embedded within PowerPoint. Then we look at safe fonts, and finally we explore four alternatives to safe fonts. In the


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: October 18, 2016

Presenters always want a way to record their presentations—at least the slides and their narrative if not their body language.Jake Pechtel of Techsmith explains how you can achieve this objective using Camtasia. Nancy Duarte speaks about her upcoming keynote at the Presentation Summit. She also explains how she prioritizes what needs to be done. If you missed the recently concluded Outstanding


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: October 11, 2016

Widescreen slides are becoming the norm, and it is getting difficult to decide which slide proportions you should use for your next presentation, especially if you have no control over the projection environment. We explore this area in our Should You Create Widescreen Slides article. We also get you another foundation-level article--about differences between bitmaps and vector graphics. In the


03/26/2017 02:08 AM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: October 4, 2016

Being interviewed is a pleasant change from doing the interview, especially when this was done by none other than TJ Walker. So if you want to know more about Indezine, and the way I work, you can hear TJ's special podcast that we feature this week. We also have Sunni Brown, the famous doodler in world talking about her upcoming keynote session at the Presentation Summit later this month. Do read


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