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by Geetesh Bajaj, January 22nd 2009

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Learn PowerPoint 2007: Solid and Picture Fills for Shapes

We start this series on fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2007 by showing you how you can add or edit solid and picture fills. Each tutorial has screen-shots and sample online presentations.

Apple Announces Keynote '09

Apple announced the release of iWork '09 including Keynote '09, the presentation component of the iWork suite. iWork '09 also includes Pages '09 and Numbers '09.

There are plenty of changes in Keynote '09, but the most noticeable of these is the new Magic Move option that allows you to add an across-the-slides animation to a single slide object. To do that, you select Magic Move as the transition between consecutive slides with a repeated slide object that could be a logo, a picture, some text, etc -- and then watch as that object changes location, scale, opacity, and rotation automatically across successive slides.

Read more here...

SlideShare Adds Embedding of YouTube Videos

SlideShare announced the capability to embed YouTube videos within SlideShare uploaded presentations in an open beta. Embeded YouTube videos show up as separate slides inside the SlideShare player. The embedded demo below explains the entire process.

Learn more in this demo...

PowerPoint Design Wish List

I came across this interesting blog post by Andrew Dlugan that's actually an open letter to the PowerPoint programming (development) team. It talks about making some changes to the program, and I do agree with several of them. About those I don't agree with, those are mainly wishes to curtail how the program operates by providing users with less options for transitions, words, and color. That's like debating the intelligence of users, and putting a road block to creativity.

I like the requests that pertain to including Nancy Duarte's book with every copy of PowerPoint. But asking everyone to pay for visuals and give Microsoft a cut -- well, that's a no-no. Lots of PowerPoint users are students, teachers, and churches that cannot afford to pay for every graphic that they use on a slide.

Andrew's opinions form a great starting point -- and the comments on the page prove that! Read more here...

SlideBoom Announces Pro Accounts

SlideBoom, an online presentation viewing and sharing site announced the availability of Pro accounts that add more options than what are available to existing Free accounts.

These extra options include:

  • A personalized Slidelog web page without ads. Can be branded as required.
  • Customizable compact, medium, and advanced players
  • Private Sharing secured with SSL
  • Offline presentation distribution as Flash files and Windows/Mac projectors
  • Control over image compression and audio bitrates
  • Increased upload limit

Read more here...

SmartDraw Announces Version 2009.5 -- More Interoperability with Microsoft Office announced the release of version 2009.5 of SmartDraw. This new release includes updated features and enhancements that allow easier interoperability with Microsoft Office applications:

PowerPoint Animation Support: Users can now add images, animation, and text that is replicated within PowerPoint as native PowerPoint objects when exported from SmartDraw.

Microsoft Project Interoperability: Users can take the tasks, sub-tasks, and dependencies from a smaller SmartDraw-created Gantt chart and export it directly into a larger Microsoft Project chart.

Integrating Excel Spreadsheets: Users can directly import and manipulate Microsoft Excel spreadsheets inside of SmartDraw, which means charts and graphs can be created and changed without exiting the SmartDraw file.

Read more here...

SlideSix: Conversation with Todd Sharp

Todd Sharp

Todd Sharp is the creator of, an online presentation sharing community site. He has been programming in ColdFusion since mid 2004 and blogs regularly about ColdFusion and Ajax at his site cfsilence. Todd provides ColdFusion/Ajax development and consulting services through his company Sharp Interactive, LLC.

In this discussion, Todd discusses his SlideSix site.

Geetesh: Tell us more about SlideSix, and how it evolved.

Todd: Just over a year ago, in December of 2007 I decided to experiment with ColdFusion's dynamic presentation capabilities by integrating them with a well known Java API called Apache POI which allows you to read and extract text and objects from PowerPoint 97/2000/XP files. Using the Java API was extremely simple by leveraging ColdFusion's ability to easily integrate with Java.

I created a few test cases and was very excited about the potential for creating dynamic, Flash based presentations. So through that experimentation the idea for SlideSix was born. Over the next six months I set out to create a presentation sharing community and finally launched it on May 1, 2008.

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powerpoint 2007 makeover kitPowerPoint 2007 Tip

Be aware of copyright laws. In addition, just because you can download a picture or other media from the internet doesn’t mean you have the right to use it in your presentation. Microsoft Office Online offers completely free photos and sound for use in your presentation, but if you frequently need photography or music, look into purchasing stock photo and music CDs or subscription packages.

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

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