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Insert Shapes in PowerPoint - Shapes can often be combined to create more complex shapes -- for instance you can place circles of various sizes one on top of the other to create something that looks like a target. Similarly you can create seemingly complicated arrangements of shapes quite easily to create something that illustrates a concept or idea so much better than just bulleted text. To create any such graphic content, you need to start by inserting common shapes -- fortunately PowerPoint makes it easy to do so. To insert a shape in your PowerPoint 2010 slide, follow these steps.

Change Slide Layout - A typical PowerPoint presentation comprises a bunch of slides and I like to think of these slides as akin to a blank canvas -- you add your content to the slides in much the same way as you use brushes to create strokes of paint to color a canvas. However unlike canvas, PowerPoint does not like to provide you a non-structured freedom -- and this can be good in many ways. Primarily, PowerPoint categorizes each slide type into one of its prescribed layouts -- examples of such layouts include the Title layout, the Title and Content layout, the Title Only layout, the Blank layout, and several more layouts. Learn how you can change the slide layout in PowerPoint 2010.

Compare Presentations in PowerPoint - Since PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft removed the feature that let you compare your presentation with another one -- that was great if you had send your presentation to a colleague and he or she made changes you were not aware of. You can however place both presentations side by side and compare individual slides -- not too great a workaround, but it does allow you to compare the slides. Learn how you can view presentation slides, side by side in PowerPoint 2010.

Insert Video Clips from the Clip Art Pane Into PowerPoint 2010 - The Clip Art task pane typically offers illustrations, drawings, sounds, and pictures but it also provides a small selection of video clips (including Animated GIFs), which can be inserted in your presentation. To insert a video clip from the Microsoft Clip Art collection, follow these steps. Learn more here.

Insert Videos (Movie Clips) - PowerPoint 2010 inserts videos in the same way as you would in previous versions -- but by default, it embeds the videos as part of the presentation file. This of course can balloon the file size -- and you can still link the video or movie clip rather than embedding it by following the alternative options explained in this tutorial. Learn how you can insert (embed or link) videos in PowerPoint 2010.

Insert Online Videos (Movie Clips) - While PowerPoint 2010 can work with more video formats than previous versions, you can now easily also add a video clip from an online video site such as YouTube or even a slide sharing site like SlideShare, authorSTREAM, or SlideBoom. The actual process is easy -- follow these steps to get started. Learn more about inserting YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2010.

Insert Flash as a Movie - In a previous tutorial, I showed you how you could insert a Flash movie (a SWF file) into your PowerPoint slide. In addition, PowerPoint 2010 provides another way to insert Flash movies -- this is much more intuitive and simpler, but the resulting Flash movies will play only within PowerPoint 2010 -- older versions including PowerPoint 2007 will not support playback of movies inserted using this process. Learn how you can insert Flash as a movie/video clip in PowerPoint 2010.

Insert Flash Movies - In PowerPoint 2010, there are two ways in which you can add a Flash movie to a PowerPoint slide -- inserting it as a normal movie through the Insert tab works as long as all recipients of your presentation use PowerPoint 2010. If any of them use PowerPoint 2007 or 2003, you should use the procedure explained on this page. Learn how you can insert a Flash movie in PowerPoint 2010 using the Developer tab.

Enable The Developer Tab in the Ribbon - The Developer tab in PowerPoint 2010 has options that let you work with VBA content and macros -- in addition, you also use this tab of the Ribbon to access options that allow you to insert Flash movies through an ActiveX control in PowerPoint 2010. By default, this tab is not visible and has to be turned on. Follow these steps to make the Developer tab visible. Learn how you can enable the Developer tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2010.

TechSmith Snagit for Mac: The Indezine Review

TechSmith Snagit is one of the most amazing programs -- all these years, TechSmith has made successive versions of Snagit available to Windows users, and now finally Snagit comes to the Mac. A screen capture application that does much more, Snagit lets you capture almost anything on the computer screen, edits to the screenshots by scaling, adding callouts, applying effects, etc. Finally, it also provides many options to share the screenshots.

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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Import Outlines in PowerPoint - Creating outlines for PowerPoint in various external applications lets you stay away from distractions in PowerPoint-land -- once you have the outlines done, it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint. While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how to import outlines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Learn how you can import outlines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Creating PowerPoint Outlines in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac - Typically, there are three common ways in which you can create slides in PowerPoint. All these three ways can be combined with each other but it is best to start with creating an outline for your presentation in another program. Mac users can create outlines in TextEdit -- in addition you can use Microsoft Word as well. In this tutorial, I'll show how you can use Word 2011 for Mac to create an outline for a PowerPoint presentation. Learn more here.

Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes - I have already covered the concept of differences between text placeholders and text boxes using PowerPoint 2008 on Mac. Now we will explore the same within PowerPoint 2011 in Mac. Let us start with these thoughts: Aren't text boxes and text placeholders the same? Are they really different? And why should I bother even if they are different? All these are valid questions, and the answers to them form one of the most important foundations in learning to create more structured presentations in PowerPoint. Learn about differences in text placeholders and text boxes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Scott SchwertlyHook Conference: Conversation with Scott Schwertly - Scott Schwertly calls himself a storyteller -- he owns and operates Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique. Alongside his talented employees, he continues to provide professional presentation design and training for national and international clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies like Google and Pepsi to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki. He is also the author of How to Be a Presentation God. In this interview, Scott discusses Hook, a presentation conference that he is organizing in Nashville in March 2011. Read the conversation here.

Steve HardsColorSlammer: Conversation with Steve Hards - Steve Hards has always been interested in creating and providing additional resources that can help you create better PowerPoint slides. After creating Opazity, an add-in that lets you obscure a selected object Steve has now released ColorSlammer, a new add-in that lets you fill in intermediate shapes with color values. In this discussion, Steve discusses ColorSlammer. Read the conversation here

Rick AltmanPresentation Summit, Looking Back and Beyond: Conversation with Rick Altman - Rick Altman, a presentation consultant based out of Pleasanton, CA, USA is well known as the host of the annual Presentation Summit and has a strong sense of the needs of the presentation community. In this conversation, Rick discusses the just concluded Presentation Summit held in San Diego, and the next conference in this series to be held in Austin in September 2011. Read the conversation here.

Glenna ShawDynamic Content Transitions in PowerPoint 2010: Conversation with Glenna Shaw - Glenna Shaw is an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for PowerPoint -- she runs the PowerPoint Magic site that has plenty of tutorials and downloads. In this conversation, Glenna discusses the new dynamic content transitions in PowerPoint 2010 (and PowerPoint 2011 for Mac), and how they can be effectively used to add interest. Read the conversation here.

David TynerKinetiCast: Conversation with David Tyner - David Tyner is director of sales and partner at KinetiCast Inc. His background is in operations and sales. He has been a perennial president's club performer and writes the KinetiCast sponsored Sales Salve blog. In this conversation, David discusses how PowerPoint users can benefit from KinetiCast. Read the conversation here.

Distinctionís 2010 Annual Presentation Impact Survey: Conversation with Jim Endicott

Jim EndicottJim Endicott is an internationally-recognized consultant, designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation messaging, design and delivery. In this conversation, Jim discusses the just-launched 2010 Annual Presentation Impact Survey (make sure you participate!) being conducted by his company, Distinction Communication, Inc.

Read the conversation here...

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