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by Geetesh Bajaj, December 8th 2008

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Anoto penPresenter: Conversation with Ebba Åsly Fåhraeus

Ebba Åsly FåhraeusEbba Åsly Fåhraeus is VP of Sales Markeing Forms at Anoto, a leader of digital pen & paper technology. Anoto was founded in 1999 and is the pioneering leader of digital pen & paper technology, based in Lund, Sweden. Anoto technology optimizes paper-based processes by rapidly and reliably converting handwritten information from business forms into digital documents.

In this discussion, Ebba discusses the use of Anoto technology for PowerPoint usage.

Geetesh: Tell us about the Anoto product line-up, and which of the Anoto products work best with PowerPoint.

Ebba: Anoto is the pioneering leader of digital pen & paper technology. Anoto technology optimizes paper-based processes by rapidly and reliably converting handwritten information from business forms into digital documents. By far the most exciting product offered by Anoto is a PowerPoint® add-in called Anoto penPresenter. It utilizes the Anoto digital pen and Bluetooth® technology, enabling real-time collaboration during presentations. Users can make notes or sketch on their printed PowerPoint® slides using an Anoto Digital Pen and instantly see them appear on their computer, projector, monitor or flat screen LCD screen. The slide can then be saved, printed or e-mailed.

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Christmas: New PowerPoint Template Set From Ppted

Ppted released a new PowerPoint template set -- this one is called Christmas. Not only do you get five great template designs, you also get the actual backgrounds so that you can use the same designs elsewhere. In this collection, you also get wide screen templates and backgrounds, and ten transparent PNGs you can use in your presentations -- at no extra cost.


Transparent PNGs

None of the templates at are free -- these are all designer templates. I just wanted to say that because lots of readers write in to say that their Indezine passwords don't let them download all the Ppted templates for free!

Design Science Releases MathType 6.5 for Windows

Design Science announced the new 6.5 release of MathType for Windows -- starting from this release, Design Science is positioning MathType as a universal editor for mathematical notation. There are no new PowerPoint specific features, but here's a list of the updates, provided by Bob Mathews of Design Science:

Equations Everywhere and Anywhere: Up until now, MathType has been thought of mostly as a tool that works with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. But it has always been much more than that. You can label graphs with equations, create equation images for websites, blogs, wikis, export equations to TeX or MathML, and much more. See Works With .. to see our MathType Interoperability Registry which lists the many, many applications and websites MathType works with.

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Chart Pattern Fills Add-in: Conversation with Andy Pope

Andy Pope Andy Pope works in London, UK, developing in-house reporting systems. He uses VBA to automate Excel and PowerPoint. In his spare time, he frequents various Excel forums and maintains his own website on Excel charting. His contributions to the Excel community have resulted in him being awarded as Microsoft Excel MVP since 2004.

In this discussion, Andy discusses the Chart Pattern Fills add-in for Excel 2007.

Geetesh: Tell us more about your Chart Pattern Fills add-in for Excel 2007, and what motivated you to create this add-in.

Andy: I developed the add-in in response to posts by users who need the pattern fills feature that was depreciated in Excel 2007. Apparently pattern fills are heavily used by those in academia. I was aware that actually only the user interface for the feature had been removed so I went about reconstructing the Patterns dialog. I enjoyed the challenge of creating a dialog that would dynamically reflect the users color choices, rather than just using static images.

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Point, Click & Wow!: Conversation with Claudyne Wilder

Claudyne WilderClaudyne Wilder is an acclaimed speaker, coach, published author and creator of two seminars: Winning Presentations Seminar and Creating PowerPoint Presentations That Get Your Point Across. She trains executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals in the world's leading companies on how to coherently and passionately present their messages and share their stories. She brings a unique and invigorating perspective to her work from her years of studying the Argentine Tango.

She discusses her book: Point, Click & Wow in this Indezine exclusive interview.

Geetesh: What did you add to your new book and why did you add it?

Point, Click & WowClaudyne: I am frequently asked to coach managers who I’m told just can’t speak to senior staff with enough authority and credibility. I added a chapter called “Demonstrate Executive Presence.” This chapter tells you the differences you need to be aware of when speaking to executives. This information is based on my own coaching of clients who spend their days speaking to executives, as well as quotes from executives sharing what they’d like from presenters. The comments by these executives will motivate my readers to focus on the presentation skill set they need in order to convince upper management . I also included the five paths to persuasion from the book The 5 Paths to Persuasion: The Art of Selling Your Message by Gary Williams and Robert Miller. I share their information on what is the best way to present to each particular path, plus provide ideas about the slides that each type prefers.

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Templates on Indezine

Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year

powerpoint 2007 makeover kitPowerPoint 2007 Tip

It’s easy to use shortcut keys like Crtl+E to center text rather than accessing the option on the Ribbon or the mini toolbar. Learn these shortcut keys, and your productivity will soar. Also, you can press Crtl+L to left justify and Crtl+R to right justify text.

This tip is from my new book, PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit which I co-authored with Echo Swinford -- check the book now!

And here are some excerpts...

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