The PowerPoint Ezine - 13
By: Geetesh Bajaj
Last Updated: March 2nd 2009
Welcome to the first issue of this ezine in the new year. We start by focussing on 'colour' - then proceed to our Quick News section. This is followed by info on some new products and updates: Impatica OnCue, PowerPlugs SuperSaver Combo and Apple Keynote. Finally, we talk about two recent acquisitions and finish with a listing of sites that provide clipart inspired by the world's ancient civilizations.
Focus on Colour
Colour plays a vital role in any presentation. This is not surprising, since both colour and presentations share a common bond and that bond is psychology. Both aim to impress and convey - no wonder psychological perceptions of responses come into play often.
In this issue, I've compiled a list of links that will help you study this fascinating subject in more depth:
Choose The Right Colours for your PowerPoint 2002 Presentation is an article posted on Microsoft's Assistance Center.
Colour Combinations on this site discusses usage of colour along with lots of links to more learning resources.
The International Color Consortium is the force behind the ICC profiles standardization.
Colour professor J L Morton discusses every nuance of colour at her extensive site.
The Tech site makes a splash with colour in a light, entertaining style.
Choose and analyze your favourite colours at the Dewey ColorSystem site.
The Kodak Digital Learning Centre provides a free online course on colour theory.
Squant is a new primary colour - read more about the colour and its controversies.
Wacom has launched its new pressure sensitive tablet called Volito. The product is currently available only in Europe. More info...
Microsoft has announced OneNote, a new Office family program that does much more than just taking down notes. More info...
released a new version of its popular DVD Movie Factory. Version
2 adds several new features like Disc-Direct Authoring and MPEG-Direct Capture.
More info at the Ulead site...
You can buy the product here...
Awesome PowerPoint Backgrounds has announced a hundred new PowerPoint backgrounds - take a look here...
Impatica OnCue Updated
Impatica has updated it's Imaptica OnCue product to version 2.3.7 - the new update is free for existing users and enables import of PowerPoint notes exported from the Impatica for PowerPoint product.
You can request an evaluation copy of Impatica for PowerPoint here...
You'll find more info about Impatica OnCue here...
PowerPlugs SuperSaver Combo 2
CrystalGraphics have launched version 2 of their SuperSaver Combo product. This new collection brings you 4 of their best-selling PowerPlugs titles 8 volumes in all, on 8 CDs. The collection includes:
- PowerPlugs Transitions I, II and III
- PowerPlugs 3D Titles I and II
- PowerPlugs Templates I and II
- PowerPlugs Charts
For a limited time, the entire collection is available at an introductory offer of US$299 translating to a saving of almost 40% off the price of buying the volumes separately. More info...
Macintosh presenters are now spoiled for choice - Apple has released Keynote, a new presentations program.
The new application can import and export PowerPoint, PDF and QuickTime content and offers many features not available in competing programs. More info at the Keynote site...
You can also buy the product here...
Acquisitions & More...
Two new acquisitions (or intentions to acquire) were announced recently by software giants Microsoft and Macromedia.
Microsoft announced its intention to acquire PlaceWare, a collaborative web conferencing platform that enableS businesses to conduct real-time, interactive presentations and meetings over the Internet. More info...
Macromedia has acquired Presedia, a leading provider of online presentation and e-learning solutions for online training, sales, marketing, and corporate communications. Presedia provides tools and technologies to faithfully convert Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to Flash SWFs. More info...
Ancient World Clipart & Information
The ancient world of civilizations can be fascinating - here are a few links to download clipart inspired by the work of ancient people (including some info links):
You'll find lots of links to ancient Egyptian clipart at the UK Technology Education Centre website.
The Celtic or Knot site has Celtic backgrounds, shields and heraldic devices, textures and even Celtic fonts available.
Poison's Icons has Native American designs in the form of icons and clipart.
Maxie's Magnificient Guide has links to several historical clipart sites.
The Discovery magazine site has some clipart depicting ancients worlds.
Exploring Ancient World Cultures has concise info on many world civilizations.
This Listmania page at Amazon.com lists several classic Dover series books with designs from the past.
During the preparation of this issue of the PowerPoint Ezine, I received assistance and feedback from Nicole Ha, Steve Rindsberg and Taj Simmons (all in alphabetical order). I would like to use this platform to thank them for their help.