The PowerPoint Ezine - 65
By: Geetesh Bajaj
Date Created: March 23rd 2006
Last Updated: March 2nd 2009
It's great to bring you all another issue of this ezine. As winter gives way to spring, or as spring gives way to summer depending upon where in the world you live, time keeps moving ahead. And there's so much to share with all of you - from keeping you informed about all the amazing stuff to providing free templates and giveaways.
Indezine's 15 Million Milestone
Last week was a milestone for Indezine.com - we have had 15 million page views since the site was launched in November 2000. It will take us nowhere that long to reach another landmark - the site receives nearly a million page views each month now! Wow - it makes me feel so happy to share this information with all of you, who made this happen!
Indezine Photos has been relaunched and is now powered by BigStockPhotos - you can now actually get to buy just one picture for $1 or 2 rather than subscribe for an entire month or year. Also, the licensing terms are amazing - your presentations that contain these pictures can be freely distributed and all pictures are model released.
As one customer said - "The prices are great - my clients never complain when I buy photography for their PowerPoint presentations. I would add that the selection is superb!" - check the site now...
Giveaways and More
In the last issue, I announced the ppted giveaway of the Marbled Magic collection of PowerPoint templates - congratulations to the winners who include Becky Wilson, Diana Orlemann, Lee Bailey, Hendrik Vanden Berghe, and J H Springer.
And now for more goodies - ppted is giving away five copies of their Urban Textures collection of PowerPoint templates. To win, all you need to do is fill in this form. Mention "Urban Textures " in the Comments field - the sweepstakes ends on March 28th.
Focus on SnagIt 8
Here's an update on the winners for the Indezine SnagIt contest announced last month - the winners are Daniel Lewis, Ian Moore, and Michael Spicer. To refresh your memory, a free copy of SnagIt 8 was to be be given away to the winners of this contest in which participants had to take as many SnagIt captures they could - one of the winners had 132762 captures!!!! This screenshot shows 25108 captures.
I use SnagIt for all my captures - and I'll have a difficult time creating even one ezine issue without this indispensable program - you can download a free trial of SnagIt from here...
New Content and Happenings
Indezine has negotiated an amazing deal with our friends at Impatica. From now until March 31st, Indezine customers can purchase a license of Impatica for PowerPoint for the incredible price of $149. That's $350 off the regular price!
Business Objects is providing Indezine readers with a special pricing on their Xcelsius Standard charting application that integrates with PowerPoint to allow interactivity. Normally, the product retails for $195, but until March 31st, you can use this link to buy the product for just $99 - that's a saving of $96 off the standard price.
I wanted all Indezine readers to get a feel of the "people pulse" at PowerPoint Live. Being part of each PowerPoint Live event, I could tell you how information, ideas, and inspiration flow from one person to another. Check out these pictures...
InfoComm has a new 10-minute survey that aims to to learn how you compare with your peers, from the work you do and the expertise you have, to the challenges you face. Are you similar to others, or charting your own course? Find more info here...
Color Schemer Studio is an intuitive application that lets you play with all sorts of color combinations - as long as you choose from any of the color choices that this product offers, you can be reasonably sure that your finished color scheme will be based on scientific color principles. It works great with PowerPoint too...
Ray Larabie Interview
Ray Larabie became interested in fonts in the early 70's when his grandmother gave him sheets of Letraset. He became so familiar with typefaces that, by the time he was 17, he could identify hundreds of fonts by name. Ray now heads Larabie Fonts and Typodermic.
Here are some excerpts from an Indezine exclusive interview:
Geetesh: What do you feel about the proper usage of fonts in PowerPoint presentations? Why is this such a neglected area?
Ray: I think most people stick to the fonts that come with their system. PowerPoint presentations shouldn't have a lot of text. All the PowerPoint presentations I've seen were just bullet points outlining what the speaker was saying. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz. I've seen some good presentations where they use engaging stock photos or illustrations with a striking headline in an appropriate font.
For example, if the speaker is talking about foreclosure, instead of a white screen with coma-inducing Arial bullet points, you could show a picture of obviously low-income housing with Foreclosure written in a grunge, rubber stamp or stencil font. (fonts like Dirty Baker's Dozen, So Run Down, Interplanetary Crap).
An unusual display font can help wake people from the dreaded PowerPoint slumber. Presentations can be a powerful sedative and a hard-to-read or interesting font choice is an easy way to wake people up. Using a single hard-to-read heading can encourage people slow down to read it and begin to think. Making people read a lot of text in a display font will wake YOU up . . . because your audience will throw cups of hot coffee in your direction. Be careful: PowerPoint can be DEADLY.
And here's a link to the previous issue of this newsletter...
Until next time - have a great day. And keep the feedback coming..