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The PowerPoint Ezine - 58

By: Geetesh Bajaj

Date Created: July 8th 2005
Last Updated: March 2nd 2009


Product Showcase



Winners and Giveaways

Indezine Photos is again giving away a new photo for you to use in your presentations - you'll find tons of affordable pictures on the site - do take a look. And here's your free photo...

And now for more goodies - TechSmith is giving away three copies of the new Camtasia Studio 3 - all you need to do is fill in this form. Mention "Camtasia" in the Comments field - the sweepstakes ends on July 15th, 2005.

About the winners of the last ezine's giveaway of Kaleidoscope collection of PowerPoint templates, here are the names. Congratulations to Elizabeth Carrizo, Eduardo Jaime, Kunal Mukherjee and Andrey Zharikov.

Here are some new articles and happenings:

Ppted.com just released their Full Circle collection of PowerPoint templates - the designs are so versatile that you could use them anywhere - take a look here...

    

Rich Chart Builder from Blue Pacific Software can create animated Flash charts from your data - such charts can be published to Flash, PDF or PowerPoint from within the application. Download a trial version here...

Focus on Camtasia 3

Betsy WeberTechSmith just released a new version of Camtasia Studio that's loaded with features and improvements. In this Indezine exclusive interview, Betsy Weber from TechSmith tells you more. Thank you, Betsy.

Geetesh: Tell us about yourself and Camtasia.

Betsy: I lead TechSmith's evangelism program where I collaborate with customers, industry experts, and technologists all over the world. Over the past five years, I have held a variety of positions ranging from Camtasia Product Manager to Training Manager at TechSmith. I have worked on both the development and customer service side of delivering our applications.

People use Camtasia Studio in a variety of different ways ranging from recording and archiving one-time events like a PowerPoint presentation to creating software demonstrations, and online marketing and technical support videos. Essentially, Camtasia Studio records exactly what a user sees on their computer screen, TabletPC, Wacom, or electronic Whiteboard, what they say, and how they interact with software and web applications. This allows a user to share a screen recording online with anyone else to explain visually and vocally how to use an application. Basically, it’s being there without being there. It’s very realistic and it’s on demand so users can watch the video when it’s convenient for them. Camtasia also includes an extensive suite of editing and publishing tools that enables people to easily edit, enhance, and share their videos with their audience.

Camtasia has also been instrumental in sparking the latest blogging trend called screencasting where users imbed a narrated screen recording in their blog. It’s really exciting to see this trend grow and it’s such a natural way to explain and share (via RSS) the latest technology ideas so everyone can be exposed to what individuals are creating instead of just what companies are promoting.

Geetesh: How does Camtasia 3 make things better for PowerPoint users?

Betsy: Camtasia Studio 3 makes life better for PowerPoint users because it enables them to share their whole presentation including all the multimedia elements of a live PowerPoint presentation – animations and voice narration. Being able to record all the technical aspects of the presentation is important, not for technical sake, but because it changes what is actually being presented when it’s not live. In other words, Camtasia records the person, their personality, and their knowledge.

With the addition of PiP in Camtasia Studio 3.0, the presenter can now capture themselves with their presentation, using simply a webcam or a webcam ready digital video camera. It is much more powerful to give the audience a Camtasia Studio recording of their total presentation than send a bunch of slides with little or no speaker notes. The audience misses all the conversation from the presentation.

With Camtasia Studio presenters can publish their presentation on a web site, CD or DVD. Camtasia Studio also makes it easy to burn your PowerPoint presentations to a DVD. With a DVD, you can share your screen recordings and presentations on both computers and televisions. Burning your screen recordings from Camtasia Studio to a DVD is easy to do with additional software available for purchase from third-party software vendors.

Third-party web hosting is available also to Camtasia Studio 3 users. So now all those people who don’t have access to a corporate server can quickly upload their rich PowerPoint presentation and send a link to anyone, anytime, and on demand.

Geetesh: What is your favorite feature in the new release of Camtasia.

Betsy: My favorite feature in Camtasia Studio 3.0 is PiP because it adds even more personality to your videos. The ability to share the entire presentation is so powerful. Now you can give a presentation in London and people in India and California that were unable to attend don’t have to miss out, and for all those who did attend, they can watch it again. Another cool features is something called JPEG Compression which significantly reduces a Flash (SWf) file size so the video loads quicker for both broadband and dial-up viewers.

Note from Geetesh: You can download a trial version of Camtasia Studio 3 from the TechSmith site...

PowerPoint Live Again - over to Rick Altman

Rick AltmanPowerPoint Live is in focus again and we have got hold of the conference host Rick Altman to tell you more about this amazing event. Here are some excerpts - the full interview can be read here...

Geetesh: Tell us about the Help Center....

Rick: Now let's talk about your territory! [Geetesh volunteers his time to work there]

We are confident when we proclaim that the Help Center is the best one-stop source for technical support on the planet. With people like you, Steve Rindsberg, Tom Bunzel, and numerous others, there are rarely questions that go unanswered. And the Help Center practically never closes: from 8:00am until 11:00pm, there are always people in there and the big Now Open sign is always posted.

People bring questions on paper, on media, in their head. They often come to try out the techniques they just learned in a session, to get a script written, to try to understand a concept they don't get...and some just want to sit down and play. It is the ultimate hands-on learning experience.

Geetesh: Okay, I think it's time to change subjects. You refer to a lot of "hanging out," and that leads into a general question about how you retain the attentive and personal nature of the event. To many, that is its strongest selling point.

That's simple: we limit enrollment. If you are the 251st person to register for PowerPoint Live, the best we can do is put you on a waiting list and notify you if anyone cancels. With a group that stays under that number, we can create atmosphere and provide an unusually high degree of personalized attention. A big trade show doesn't need that; neither does a developer conference. But Live is all about end-users, and they need to feel as if we are catering to them 24 by 7.

Note from Geetesh: PowerPoint Live is being held from September 25th to 28th at San Diego this year. Check the PowerPoint Live site for more details.


End Note

More PowerPoint related info on the PowerPoint Blog and PowerPoint Notes. And free PowerPoint templates for all of you....

Until next time - have a nice day. And keep the feedback coming..

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