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The PowerPoint Ezine - 36

By: Geetesh Bajaj

Date Created: January 26th, 2004
Last Updated: March 2nd 2009

Product Showcase


It's Christmas Again!
The Richard Bretschneider Interview
Focus on Apreso
Quick News
New Year's Presentation Resolutions
SuperSaver 6 Offer

It's Christmas Again!

Let's get started with the best things again! All subscribers of this ezine get the BEST PowerPoint things in life. CrystalGraphics, who make the PowerPlugs range of PowerPoint add-ins are providing a free copy of PowerPlugs Transitions LE to you exclusively as a reader of this ezine. I repeat, this free product is available nowhere else, not even from their own published site! So, what are you waiting for - here you go...

There's more! TechSmith is giving away three (3) free copies of their new SnagIt 7 screen capture product! All you need to do is make sure that you are a subscriber of this ezine and you'll be automatically eligible to be entered into a draw - the names of three lucky winners will be announced in the next issue. You might want to read how SnagIt's Product Marketing Manager uses his own product...

You knew there was more! Dave Paradi, presentation guru who runs the Communicate Using Technology site is providing two (2) copies of his e-book on PowerPoint 2002 - The 20% You Really Need To Know About PowerPoint 2002. If you subscribe to this ezine, you'll be automatically eligible to be entered into a draw - the names of two lucky winners will be announced in the next issue. Dave has authored three amazing articles for - in the last article he discussed a survey that shows How to Stop Annoying Audiences With Bad PowerPoint...

There's still more! Image Express from Hemera is providing US$20 off their annual subscription rate of US$99.95 - so you have access to 350,000 pieces of clipart for only US$79.95 - these include vector images, stock photos, Photo-Objects and raster illustrations. Also, Hemera Image Express just added 10,000 new images. To take advantage of this offer, follow these steps:

  1. If you are a new customer of Hemera Image Express, please click here and follow the registration link. If you are a current customer of Hemera Image Express, please enter your e-mail address and password to log in.
  2. Once you are registered or logged in, please enter promotional code IE00101 when prompted.
  3. Continue through the check out process.

There are even more goodies! I've stacked them to be announced only in the next issue! And some goodies are only provided to subscribers!


The Richard Bretschneider Interview

Richard BretschneiderRichard Bretschneider is ten year Microsoft veteran, having joined the company in 1993 to work on PowerPoint IV for Windows and the Macintosh.

In this interview, Richard discusses the new PowerPoint 2003 and looks beyond.

Geetesh: Tell us something about the new PowerPoint Viewer?

Richard: It's amazing how simple folks think the viewer must be. It's just PowerPoint with a few features removed, right? No, not really. We have to make sure it is manageable in size, and works in all the scenarios. A big effort is made to make sure the viewer works off non-writable media (CDs for example) and requires no setup! That last bit means a lot, because standard PowerPoint relies on tons of resources that are installed along with Office. It's a tricky development task. It's pretty amazing in the end, that you can just slip this CD into a brand new PC with nothing but Windows on it and you launch right into a full-fidelity presentation - so seamless we're actually afraid people won't notice how terrific that all is! Making it look simple is a big job, and the Viewer team certainly rose to the occasion here.

Geetesh: Many users ask for a way to save presentations to a video format or saving directly to DVD? Is Microsoft aware of this and what's being done on this front?

Richard: You know we can't directly comment on new unannounced features, and this is no exception. Saving to a video format is a very popular feature on the Macintosh version of PowerPoint (which is developed by friends of ours who share our building!) It is a high runner on the Wish list, and we're very aware of the utility of this type of export format. I think I have to leave it at that.

Read the complete interview here...


Focus on Apreso

Online rich media (ORM) continues to emanate from PowerPoint. And then comes Apreso, the name of the product that I am exploring. Predictably, Apreso uses PowerPoint as its source. Unpredictably though, Apreso manages to do so much more at the same time that it almost threatens to create a new presentation workflow. If that got you interested, let's proceed and discover the nuances of this amazing PowerPoint add-in.

Apreso is from Anystream, a company based in Sterling, Virginia, United States that was founded in 2000 by Geoff Allen, who's the President and CEO.

Anystream is traditionally involved with creating software that automates the process of encoding and transcoding media for demanding broadcast and production environments. Anystream's Agility software is used by BskyB, CNet, CNN, Fox News,, NFL Films, and several others.

In April 2003, Anystream launched Agility Presenter for PowerPoint, an add-in that plugs into PowerPoint so that presentations can be converted to streaming media with one click. In November that year, Anystream relaunched Agility Presenter as Apreso - simultaneously it launched the Apreso presentation hosting service.

Read the full review here...


Quick News

Read the PowerPoint Blog here... The PowerPoint Blog now includes the Atom syndication service so that you can use a Atom compatible newsreader to read all postings.

Registrations for the PowerPoint Live program are now open. Find more about this event that's going to be held at San Diego from October 10 to 13, 2004 at the new look PowerPoint Live 2004 site... In addition, Rick Altman also announced a series of mini-seminars across several US cities - look here...

Impatica announced the release of their Impatica add-in product for PowerPoint that creates streaming content using Java technology for Mac OS X. Impatica already creates a Windows version of this popular product. More info...

Users of Microsoft's Office System products released in October can expect the first service pack for the software in late June. More info...

Microsoft MVP Jim Gordon announced the new version of InsertPicturePPTX, a PowerPoint add-in that works on the Mac. As Jim adds "The ability to do a bulk import has been added. The bulk import feature works in PowerPoint 2001 only. The bulk import feature will import a hundred 72-dpi pics into a presentation in just a few seconds." More info...

Echo Swinford's PowerPoint Autorun CD tutorial for versions PowerPoint 97 through 2003 is now mirrored at Indezine. Look here...

Just received a mail from the folks at Neuxpower with the good news that their NXPowerLite product is now PowerPoint 2003 compatible. The new 1.53 version is available as a free upgrade for existing customers. For those of who don't know, NXPowerLite optimizes file sizes of PowerPoint presentations. Learn more...

Corel announced that the new version 12 of CorelDRAW will publish designs for use in your office productivity suite to enhance text documents by adding graphics published directly from CorelDRAW Graphics Suite to Microsoft Office or WordPerfect Office. More info...

"With PowerPoint, our fourth-grade students are doing electronic presentations, creating and deleting slides". "Next semester, Timperley has more projects in store for her kids. They may be doing a PowerPoint music video." - read more about how computing is making a difference...

AcuLearn has announced a new version of its plug-in for PowerPoint. Users can enhance presentations with live video and audio and deliver presentations live or on-demand. Learn more...

Olympus introduced the small, light and easy to use VP-1 Data Projector at CES 2004 in Las Vegas. Learn more at the Olympus site...

Until January 19th, PowerFinish is providing 7 volumes of PowerPoint templates, PowerDesign Sets and presentation backgrounds for $199.99 rather than the regular rate of $620! Look here for their product sale items...

Accordent Technologies released Version 2 of PresenterONE - this new version includes support For RealAudio 10 And RealVideo 10. You'll find more info at the Accordent site... Also, read this press release at the Streaming Media, Inc. site...

Peter McClard of CaptureWorks informed me about the release of version 1.1 of PointCapture that adds a great new interface that includes drop-down menu choices to make more interactive searches. PointCapture allows you to search a specific PowerPoint presentation or slide buried in your computer folders, using powerful data and text filtering and search tools. More info at the PointCapture site...
Also read the Indezine review...



PowerDesign Sets - a selection of coordinated PowerPoint templates that go further than normal templates. PowerDesign Sets provide you with the flexibility of variations within a particular design - thus 50 sets can be output as 900 design possibilities!!! More info and FREE sample PowerPoint templates here...

Learn more about advertisement and sponsorship opportunities at Indezine.

New Year's Presentation Resolutions

Here are some great thoughts from Claudyne Wilder of Wilder Presentations, Boston, MA, USA. Thank you, Claudyne for allowing me to include these here:

To start off the New Year, I decided to give you my ten presentation resolutions for next year, not necessarily in order of priority. I challenge you to make your own resolutions and send them to me. Next year we can discuss how we did.

  1. Length of talk: For an hour talk, only prepare enough to talk 40 minutes. Have some extra hidden slides in case the audience does not ask many questions.

  2. Knowing the audience: For a small group always ask the names of the people, their positions, and what content might interest them the most.

  3. Clear contract: When I am asked to give a free talk for a group, make sure the contract is clear. How long do you want me to talk? What the audience will be told about the talk? Will my talk start on time and be expected to end on time?

  4. Watching my video: I promise to watch a video of one of my talks. I will watch and listen to my words, then turn off the volume and watch my nonverbal behaviors.

  5. One new program: I will try using some PowerPoint add-ons and/or another presentation software program besides PowerPoint.

  6. Enjoying the audience: My first priority will be to enjoy my talk and connection to the audience. Enjoy their liking that I show them slides about their business. Enjoy their liking that I change my mini-workshop when they want to go in another direction.

  7. Modeling a talk: I will spend time in my seminars modeling a participant's talk so he or she can truly see the best way to present some of the content.

  8. Applying Argentine Tango concepts: I will practice finding ways to keep the connection with the audience at every moment, just as is necessary in Tango to have a superb dance.

  9. Sleep enough: I will sleep enough so that I can enjoy my audience. I will resist the desire to stay up late.

  10. Hydrate myself: I will drink at least eight glasses of PH alkaline water a day so that I am not fatigued from dehydration.


SuperSaver 6 Offer

CrystalGraphics is also offering all ezine subscribers an extra discount of US$100 for their PowerPlugs: SuperSaver 6 suite of PowerPoint add-ins that includes:

  • PowerPlugs: FlashReady
  • PowerPlugs: Transitions, volumes I, II, III & IV
  • PowerPlugs: Charts
  • PowerPlugs: Templates I
  • PowerPlugs: 3D Titles I & II
  • PowerPictures BONUS — Pick any 25 Presentation/Web-quality images(Over 20,000 to choose from)

Separately, these products sell for over $830. But, because you are an ezine subscriber, you automatically qualify to get the low price of just $199. That’s a savings of over 3/4! Since this is an exclusive “insiders” offer only, you won’t see it mentioned anywhere else. Here's how you can proceed:

  1. Go here...
  2. Simply enter the word "SUPER6" in the marketing code box on the first CrystalGraphics shopping cart page when you place your SuperSaver 6 order on-line.
  3. That’s it!

This exclusive offer is good until January 31 only.


Events & Seminars

Winning Presentations Seminar
January 15 and 16; February 19 and 20, 2004, Boston, USA
Claudyne Wilder, Wilder Presentations

Presentations / Training 2004 Conference & Expo
March 1 to 3, 2003, Atlanta, USA
VNU Expositions

PowerPoint Live
October 10 to 13, 2004, San Diego, California, USA
Rick Altman, R Altman Digital Consulting



During the preparation of this issue of the PowerPoint Ezine, I received assistance, content or feedback from Betsy Weber, Claudyne Wilder, Darian Germain, Dave Paradi, Echo Swinford, Glen Millar, Jim Gordon, Mickey Stevens, Nicole Ha, Paul Lafreniere, Peter McClard, Richard Bretschneider, Rick Altman, Steve Rindsberg and Tommy Powell (all in alphabetical order). I would like to use this platform to thank them for their help.


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