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01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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 (


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

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


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 27, 2016

How would you like to get professionally designed jigsaw puzzle pieces, that fit perfectly into other puzzle segments? You will love our Jigsaw Graphics for PowerPoint--these are not graphics that you insert into PowerPoint, because you get these as PowerPoint slides! Each puzzle segment is a native PowerPoint shape. We also get you interviews with more Presentation Summit speakers -- this week


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 20, 2016

We begin with a feature about Carmen Taran's keynote at the upcoming Presentation Summit. Make sure you read what she says, even if you won't attend the conference! We also feature Nova Fisher this week who talks about the new Xara Designer Pro X product. In the Tutorials section, we explore Adding New Shapes to SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows--we also explore Changing Colors


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 13, 2016

Humor is an integral part of presenting, and Marshall Chiles, author of Your Presentation is a Joke talks about how can incorporate humor in your presentations. Noted speakers at the upcoming Presentation Summit in Las Vegas talk about their sessions -- we feature Ric Bretschneider this week. Make sure you read what they say, even if you won't attend the conference! We also feature Jerry Weissman


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 6, 2016

Do you want to know why you are not getting new features in PowerPoint? If you are using a Mac, we show you how your must first learn to identify your license type and version. Noted speakers at the upcoming Presentation Summit in Las Vegas talk about their sessions -- we feature Ryan Orcutt and Troy Chollar this week. Make sure you read what they say, even if you won't attend the conference! In


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: August 30, 2016

Rob Bailey of Eyeful Presentations explores the changes at Eyeful, and also how Brexit influences the EU's presentation industry. Celebrated speakers at the upcoming Presentation Summit in Las Vegas talk about their sessions -- we feature Emma Bannister, Heather Ackmann, Jon Schwabish, and Mike Parkinson. Make sure you read what they say, even if you won't attend the conference! We feature


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: August 23, 2016

30 million? Is there a better number for how many people use PowerPoint? How about 1.5 billion? Read more. We also bring you Simon Morton of UK's Eyeful Presentations, who talks about presentation industry issues, standards, and trends. PowerPoint MVP and ex-Microsoftie Ric Bretschneider travels down memory lane, and shares thoughts, smells, and ideas behind the erstwhile AutoContent Wizard. And


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: August 16, 2016

How can you practice your presentation? And right within PowerPoint? Yes, you heard that right -- we show you all it takes to practice within PowerPoint in this podcast. We also explore other topics such as using text or pictures. We also look at ways to use handouts better. Jerry Weissman returns with a post on fireside chats and Franklin D Roosevelt. And celebrated illustrator and author, Nigel


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: August 8, 2016

How do you start creating a new presentation using PowerPoint or another program such as Keynote, Prezi, or something similar? Do you create a storyboard to start with? Learn more in this podcast by Geetesh Bajaj and TJ Walker. Chris Larson, Technical Product Manager of Techsmith Snagit discusses the new Snagit 13. And Rick Altman talks about the new Presentation Summit Cruise, 2017 conference


01/21/2017 10:04 PM

PowerPoint and Presenting News: August 2, 2016

Did you want to zoom in and out of slides to hyperlink and navigate? The new PowerPoint Zoom feature may be what you wanted. We also explore with Dave Barnett and Anneliese Wirth of Microsoft how Office 365 updates are rolled out to subscribers. We then have some knowledge about how you should buy stock photos from clients, from Nancy Duarte. PowerPoint 2016 users can find out how they can


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