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The PowerPoint Ezine - 03

By: Geetesh Bajaj

Date Created:
Last Updated: March 2nd 2009


Product Showcase



Issue 03

Welcome to a new issue of the PowerPoint Ezine - a look at what's new, expected and established in the world of PowerPoint.

We begin by looking back at a time not so long ago - yet forgotten! It's about an initiative to collect all information possible to create a PowerPoint Memorabilia collection. Then we explore a great new impending PowerPoint add-in - the Image Importer Wizard. Next there's a spotlight on Austin Myer's new multimedia treatise for PowerPoint users. Finally, there will be a 'Goodies' section with every issue - this time there are free Marbled Backgrounds!

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PowerPoint Memorabilia Project

PowerPoint version 1 made its debut in September 1987 - it was developed initially for the Apple Macintosh platform. In May 1990, Microsoft released PowerPoint 2 for Windows - the first Windows version.

Across deadlines and milestones - the PowerPoint juggernaut rolled on. The current PowerPoint version for Windows is PowerPoint 2000. For Mac users, there's the new PowerPoint on the block - PowerPoint 2001. And there's a newer version for Windows undergoing its development cycles. It's a great time to look back fondly at past versions.

I'm sure many of you are longtime PowerPoint users and have many memories slashed away somewhere in a part of your brain, on a piece of paper, or elsewhere. Those memories are important.

Indezine is launching the PowerPoint Memorabilia Project - which will strive to collect input from all of you. Such input will result in a web page at Indezine - designed like a walk down memory lane.

Several such projects are planned - these include a screen saver, a chronology, sample presentations, an art gallery, and more... 

Every mail can help. Every contribution will be credited. I'll post more information in the next issue of this ezine.

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Image Importer Wizard

On the anvil of release anytime now, the Image Importer Wizard (hereafter, IIW) is a  result of Shyam Pillai's initiative and insight.

As the name suggests, IIW imports visual formats like JPG, BMP, et al into a PowerPoint presentation. I'm sure that sounds like a very basic description - but what makes this add-in special is the amount of customization and automation it provides in the entire importing process.

The interface is a series of five screens in a wizard style - not unlike PowerPoint's own auto content wizard.

Initial screens allow you to choose input into a single or multiple slides and to decide scaling, resize and positional aspects. Many of these settings can be saved for future use.

IIW also allows you to search a folder with/without spanning sub folders for graphic files. Graphic imports handled include JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIF, WMF, EMF and EPS - not as wide a range as PowerPoint allows, but sufficient indeed to cover all bases.

You can further refine such searches to only choose images you can select - for final import into a new or existing PowerPoint presentation. The entire process is painless and intuitive.

Watch out for more details!

Shyam Pillai is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP renowned for his expertise in combining PowerPoint with VBA programming. His site is an excellent resource and a 'must-visit' for anyone interested in PowerPoint VBA programming:

http://officetips.homepage.com/

Shyam has permitted me to allow a direct email contact here, so you can send an email to:

[email protected]

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PowerPoint And Multimedia

Austin Myers has written his long awaited multimedia treatise for PowerPoint users. The tutorial makes a great reading material - and is penned in a lucid, informal style. It covers multimedia players, codecs, initialization files, great tips, ideas and more...

It is available online at more than one place, including the Indezine site. The URL:

http://www.indezine.com/.../ppmultimedia.html

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Marbled Backgrounds

Years ago, I remember spilling paints on a tub of water -making patterns with the paint - hoping the designs thus created do not disintegrate! And finally, passing a sheet of white paper underneath to capture the design on the medium.

I tried to emulate the patterns on a virtual canvas this time - and the results are a series of 10 exclusive PowerPoint backgrounds - free to download - for all of you.

http://www.indezine.com/stuff/indezine01.zip

 

These are free to use as you please, but read more details in a document which is part of the downloaded archive.

I hope to provide new freebies with every subsequent issue of the PowerPoint Ezine. Do let me know about how you used them - or any other experience you would like to share!

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