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01/18/2017 12:19 PM

PowerPoint Transitions: Morph

Few, if any transition effects have generated a buzz like Morph! Morph technically may be a mere transition, but it adds capabilities to PowerPoint that redefines the way you work with slides altogether. Explore the Morph transition effect in PowerPoint.

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

GoReact: Conversation with Chad Jardine

Chad Jardine is Head of Marketing at GoReact. He also teaches Marketing and Finance in the business schools of Utah Valley University and University of Utah. He is the co-author of Pillars of Inflection: Seven Fundamental Strategies for Explosive Company Growth He tweets at @ChadJardine and occasionally blogs about marketing on Medium. In this conversation, Chad talks about GoReact. Geetesh:

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

Beamium: The Smarter Way of Sharing PowerPoint Presentations

This is a promoted post. A lot of work goes into creating slides with PowerPoint. But what happens with your presentations after creating them? Sometimes they are used for presentations at events, some other time you simply share the documents as marketing white papers. Mostly, there is not much information which you receive after sharing the document, and only a fractional number of the viewers

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

YAY Images Add-in for PowerPoint: Conversation with Jan Ole Kjellesvig

Jan Ole Kjellesvig is COO and one of the founders of YAY Images, one of Europe’s leading stock photo agencies. YAY is built on a strong technological platform, and focuses on innovative ways to distribute content worldwide, both directly and through strategic partnerships. In 2014 they launched the new image licensing model called “streaming”, which has caught the attention of the industry. Jan

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 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 (

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

Create a Pop-out Effect in PowerPoint

Do you always struggle to make people focus on your presentations? Maybe you’re not a Photoshop pro who can spice up the images by using fancy layers and filters. Has it ever occurred to you that you can add the same Pop-out effect right in your PowerPoint presentation? Let’s see how we can create a Remove Background effect or the Pop-out effect. It can be used if you have many images in your

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

Background Removal in PowerPoint: Conversation with Tucker Hatfield

Tucker Hatfield has been working as a Program Manager at Microsoft for 18 years and the last ten of them have been in Office. He’s worked on Cropping, Background Removal, Artistic Effects, Co-authoring, and Comments. He’s currently working primarily on Pen and Ink improvements for Office, including the recent Ink Editor feature. When work and family allows, he indulges his love for photography

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

New feature for DataPoint and Bluetooth Buttons in PowerPoint

Let me show our latest project where we use PowerPoint to streamline a waiting queue. There is a company with helpdesks, and they want to have some privacy when they are helping customers. So, that is why they have a waiting area and a large monitor that is showing the availability of the desks. A green or red traffic light is shown to visualize the status of each desk individually. On the

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

A Journey with NXPowerLite: Conversation with Mike Power

Mike Power is the founder and Managing Director of Neuxpower, a software solutions company based in the UK. Neuxpower custom-builds both stand-alone applications and add-ins that enhance existing software such as Microsoft Office. Their commercially-available file optimization software NXPowerLite compresses PDF, Microsoft Office and JPEG files simply and effectively by up to 90%, making them

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

Identify Font File Types in PowerPoint

Have you heard that all fonts are not the same? Did you know that only TrueType fonts can be embedded in PowerPoint, and that too only on Windows versions of PowerPoint? And what are the other font file types? On this page, we will explore these topics. Learn how you can identify font file types.

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

Find Substituted Fonts in PowerPoint

The situation is familiar: you or someone else uses a non-standard font (not a PowerPoint safe font) in your presentation. You then open this same presentation on another computer, and PowerPoint uses another font to display the same text. Why does it do so? The reason is simple enough: the font originally used is not available on the other system. The end user has no idea that PowerPoint

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

Clichés: Stack of Coins Pictures

Let’s admit that coins can look beautiful, especially if they are golden! Add an interesting light source and a stack of gold coins does appear warm and secure. However, what was once interesting can soon become boring; and then you may no longer like pictures that contain neat stacks of properly arranged coins. Are coins synonymous with wealth? Are there other, better options?

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

Lean Presentation Design: Conversation with Maurizio La Cava

Maurizio La Cava is a digital entrepreneur, marketer, blogger, public speaker, presentation design guru and Founder at MLC-Design. He is also author of Lean Presentation Design, top rated freelancer at Upwork.com, an official member of the Talent Private Cloud at Upwork.com and Elance.com, and Professor at European Institute of Design in Milan. His favourite quote is "Time is free but it's

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

Outstanding Presentations 2016: Conversation with Vinay Mohan

An entrepreneur at heart, Vinay Mohan completed his MBA from The Ohio State University and co-founded Slideteam.net. Having made numerous PowerPoint presentations in B-school and earlier, he realized that there is no good one-stop PowerPoint resource on the web, where professionals can get excellent quality pre-designed slides. Realizing that there is an opportunity to service this market, he

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 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

01/18/2017 12:19 PM

PresentationPoint VideoPoint: Conversation with Kurt Dupont

Kurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After three years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport - this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as

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