The PowerPoint Ezine - 47
By: Geetesh Bajaj
Date Created: August
Last Updated: March 2nd 2009
It has been almost a month since you received the last ezine issue - and there's been so much happening here behind the scenes. Most of that involved making this ezine less formal.
What makes me so confident about the fact that you will love the new format and contents even more?
Simple - all changes are based on user feedback! I've heard so much from all of you - and wish to thank you all personally for taking out the time to write to me. Change and improvement are ongoing processes - so please continue to send me the feedback. Thank you once again - this is for YOU.
Giveaways for Everyone
First, let me announce that Tommy Powell of Neuxpower is giving away two copies of NXPowerLite, their PowerPoint file-size squeezing product - and Betsy Weber of TechSmith has assured two more copies of their award winning SnagIt screen capture tool that integrates so well with PowerPoint. In addition, I'm giving away two copies of my Texture Triumph collection of PowerPoint templates. Before you know, you might receive a mail asking you to claim a prize - do get back soon since I don't accept claims that take more than 24 hours to get back to me!
Last month's winner for the Digital Dots collection of PowerPoint templates is Andris Avots - congratulations!
Special Offer for PowerPoint Live and PowerPlugs
If you want to meet me in person, I'm going to be there at PowerPoint Live at the Help Center. If you would like to get a $75 discount for the event, use promo code IND75 - the event will be held from October 10 to 13 in San Diego, CA.
Speaking of promo codes, Nicole Ha of CrystalGraphics has allowed me to share this amazing offer with you all: Get a copy of the PowerPlugs suite of seven PowerPoint add-ins as part of the SuperSaver Combo 7. The product is priced at US$399 which itself is a special offer valid until August 31st. You can get a further $200 off to order the product for only $199!!!! To avail this special price, just enter the word "SUPER7" in the marketing code box (on the first CrystalGraphics shopping cart page). Then click on the <Proceed to checkout> button to see your savings.
You Can Bank On Your Voice
A good way to begin this issue is to tell you the name of the book I'm reading now. It's Rodney Saulsberry's "You Can Bank On Your Voice". Rodney, who is one of the best voice-over artists in the United States, shares his top secrets about how almost anyone can benefit from improving their voice. Read what Rodney says about the book and about using voice-overs in PowerPoint presentations in this Indezine exclusive interview....
Rodney sent me an autographed copy of his book - if you want your own autographed copy, be sure to order it from his web site...
Rodney agrees that Online Rich Media (ORM) is definitely the next big thing for the voice-over and the presentations industry. That brings me to Articulate, a product that heralds the second generation of ORM tools.
Articulate Presenter is an ORM tool that uses PowerPoint content as its source. After converting all nuances of a typical PowerPoint presentation to a faithful Flash output, it packages the rich media in a highly customized interface that is normally equipped with narration. You'll find my full review of Articulate here....
If you don't want to read the whole review, here's my final verdict: All put together, Articulate is the perfect balanced solution you'll find that provides a ROI on both the price and performance fronts. It is the next generation of PowerPoint sourced online rich media.
Watch out for an exclusive interview with Adam Schwartz, President of Articulate - and if you have any questions for him, send it to me in the next two days...
Another product that I have been working with is Digital Anarchy's Backdrop Designer. Regina Cachuela from Digital Anarchy sent me a copy even before the product was actually released and I'm already addicted.
Backdrop Designer is not a standalone program - it is a Photoshop plug-in that plugs into Photoshop and many other image editors. What makes Backdrop Designer very interesting for PowerPoint users is the fact that it provides you with an almost unexhaustible source of attractive backgrounds to use in your PowerPoint presentations.
I must mention that Backdrop Designer is a cross-platform product that works on both Windows and the Mac.
The Vitaliy Kuznetsov Interview
One more product that is cross-platform is actually PowerPoint. Many users are not aware that PowerPoint originated as a Mac product - in fact there was no Windows version until version 3.
I was provided the opportunity to interview the PowerPoint:mac Program Manager Vitaliy Kuznetsov. Be sure to read this interview where Vitaliy discusses everything about using PowerPoint in a cross-platform scenario. In fact, Vitaliy even provides you with some guidelines to ensure that you don't run into problems.
I would like to thank April Dalke and Jessica Sommer of Microsoft for facilitating this interview.
Until Next Time
This brings me to the end of this ezine issue.
Until next time - have a nice day. And keep the feedback coming...
During the preparation of this issue of the PowerPoint Ezine, I received assistance, content or feedback from Adam Schwartz, April Dalke, Betsy Weber, Jessica Sommer, Kathy Jacobs, Nicole Ha, Regina Cachuela, Rick Altman, Rodney Saulsberry,Tommy Powell and Vitaliy Kuznetsov (all in alphabetical order). I would like to use this platform to thank them for their help.