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by Geetesh Bajaj, November 6th 2008

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This is a special issue of Indezine News that will discuss only motion path animations in PowerPoint. Many subscribers have often asked for special issues of this type -- if there's a topic you want to suggest for a special issue, do send feedback.

Motion Path Animations for PowerPoint

Motion path animations in PowerPoint can illustrate a process, show how a piece of machinery works, or just work with poetic abandon! In this newsletter you'll find a compilation of all the content on motion path animations available on the Indezine site along with quick tips from the pros.

Geetesh BajajGeetesh Bajaj teaches you motion path animations -- choose a tutorial page below:

Motion Path Animations -- Getting Started -- Select the object that you want to animate -- you can select any object on a slide although animation works best on text and shapes. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint 2007 (2002 and 2003 should work too).

Motion Path Animations -- Drawing Custom Paths -- Now I'll show you how you can use PowerPoint's drawing tools to create your own motion path.....-- choose the Draw Custom Path option so that you end up with four path (line) drawing options -- I'll explain each of these 4 line drawing options individually.

Motion Path Animations -- Reversing Motion Paths -- One of the simplest motion path tricks is using the reverse motion path option. This is very helpful if you want an object to animate using a motion path, and then animate again from the end of the motion path to the beginning.

Motion Path Animations -- Open and Close Motion Paths -- So how is the concept of open and closed paths relevant to motion path animations in PowerPoint? This may not be terribly obvious but any animation that plays on a closed motion path gets back to the original starting point of the animation -- thus the starting and ending points of such an animation are the same.

Motion Path Animations -- Lock and Unlock Motion Paths -- You won't have to tackle locking and unlocking motion paths too often but it's good to know more about these options since the way this works is not too intuitive.

Read Geetesh's review of Motion Path Tools , a free PowerPoint add in from Shyam Pillai that makes it easy for you to manipulate motion paths.

Julie TerbergJulie Terberg discusses motion paths

Adding animation to an object in Microsoft PowerPoint is simple: select an object, choose Add Effect (from the Custom Animation Task Pane), select one of the pro-gram’s many preset effects and you’re done. But what if you’re looking to put a little spin on things, literally? To make visuals really move you need to understand PowerPoint’s motion paths effects and how to combine them with other effects for dynamic results.

Read Julie's article here

motion paths sample presentationDownload this sample presentation containing motion paths from the Indezine presentation bank.



Tips from the Pros

Glenna ShawIf you animate shapes with multiple sequential motion paths, you'll find that its' not too easy to line them up and "connect" them end to end. If you turn off Snap to Grid and turn on Snap objects to other objects options, then the ends of the motion paths snap right together when you move them near each other. And if the start point accidentally gets moved off center of your object, all you have to do is move it a little bit and it'll go right back to the center of the object. This works for both locked and unlocked motion paths.

-- Glenna Shaw
Microsoft PowerPoint MVP

Julie TerbergAdd to Glenna's tip:

Motion paths will snap to intersecting guides, too. This works great for accurate positioning.

-- Julie Terberg
Microsoft PowerPoint MVP

Geetesh BajajPowerPoint for Mac users cannot add motion path animations since this feature is not available on PowerPoint for Mac. However, users of PowerPoint 2004 and 2008 for Mac can still view the motion path animations when they play presentations created in PowerPoint 2002, 2003, and 2007 for Windows.

-- Geetesh Bajaj
Microsoft PowerPoint MVP

Flow Demo PowerPoint MVP John Wilson shows how you can use motion path animations to simulate the flow of an object through a path. Learn here...



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