Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2013 - Position Previews
Explore the new faded position previews for Motion Path animations in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Path animations determine the route (path) and the direction in which the animated slide object
moves across or around on the slide. When you
motion path animation to an object, you see the path as a dotted line with two arrow heads, as
shown in Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Motion path animation applied to a shape
Additionally, PowerPoint 2013 sports the new faded preview of the animated slide object at the end point of the motion path, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1. The benefit of this faded preview of the end position is that you know exactly where the slide object will stop once the animation concludes. It's even more useful if you have multiple animated objects on a slide.
These previews typically show at the end of the animation path -- but if your Motion Path is locked
from the animation (or if you drag the Motion Path away), then you will also see an animation begin
preview. Look at Figure 2, below where you can see that the animated object is placed a
little apart, and selecting the Motion Path clearly shows both beginning and end position previews.
Figure 2: Motion Path shows both beginning and end position previews
This is a new feature introduced within PowerPoint 2013. And if you are working with both PowerPoint 2013 and 2010, here are some points to remember:
- When a presentation with Motion Path animation added within PowerPoint 2013 is opened within
PowerPoint 2010, you cannot see the faded preview of the animated slide object's preview at the end of
the motion path, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: No faded preview of the animated slide object's end position in PowerPoint 2010
- If you add a motion path animation to a slide object in PowerPoint 2010 and then open it in PowerPoint 2013, it will show a faded preview of the animated slide object at the motion path’s end point.
Do remember thought that even in PowerPoint 2013, you can only see position previews of Motion Path
animations where starting and/or end point of the motion path are away from the position of the slide
object. For closed paths, the beginning and end points of the motion path overlap the position of the
slide object -- thus you will find no end preview, as shown in Figure 4, where we have
applied the Loops Motion Path preset. We cannot see the faded preview because the Loop
motion path animation has same starting and end point positions, as that of the slide object.
Figure 4: Loop motion path animation
Even if you drag the closed motion path away from the slide object to which it has been applied, it will show you just a single position preview at the starting (and end) point of the motion path.
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