by Geetesh Bajaj, May 17th 2011

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Geetesh BajajThank you for the amazing response to the last newsletter. When you receive this issue, I'll already be on vacation in Bali, Indonesia. Hopefully, I'll be able to share some pictures with all of you in the next issue.

We have another giveaway this time -- our sponsor is giving away five copies of Plaid Patterns, their newest series of PowerPoint templates.

And yes, there's plenty of other content -- do look below, and even in the sidebar on the right of this new look newsletter to find more stuff to explore!

Ppted Plaid Patterns Giveaway

Ppted is giving away five copies of their Plaid Patterns collection of PowerPoint templates. To win, all you need to do is fill in this form. This giveaway ends on May 22nd.

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The winners of the Ppted Houndstooth giveaway we announced in the last issue are - Don DeWitt, Heather Hale, Angela Taylor, Marian Gils-McLeod, Marty Berlinger also do check out the feedback we received for the giveaway -- thanks to all of you for your kind words.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Rulers, Gridlines and Guides

Rulers, gridlines, and guides are among the least used options in PowerPoint that so many users ignore. Yet they are among the finest tools that will help you create consistent looking slides with pleasing layouts -- make friends with these amazing tools and you will never regret the decision. Want to know them better? Then just go ahead to any of these tutorials we have put up for you.

Rulers in PowerPoint 2010
Gridlines in PowerPoint 2010
Guides in PowerPoint 2010
Adding More Guides in PowerPoint 2010
Snap to Grid Settings in PowerPoint 2010
Working with Snap to Grid in PowerPoint 2010
Working with Guides in PowerPoint 2010
Smart Guides in PowerPoint 2010

Views in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

For our readers who use PowerPoint on the Mac, here is a set of tutorials that explore all the views that PowerPoint 2011 for Mac provides -- learn about manipulating and changing views so that you can create better presentations in less time! Here you go:

Views in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Normal View in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Notes Page View in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Slide Sorter View in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Slide Master View in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Slide Show View in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Presenter View in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Ribbon Hero 2: The Indezine Review

Ribbon HeroRibbon Hero 2 is an interactive game for Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007 for Windows (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and now OneNote) designed to help you boost your knowledge and skills in using Office applications. Ribbon Hero 2 is the new version of the game and is upgraded with new animations, multiple levels, upside-down Clippy, and a ton of useful Office features.

Read the Indezine review of Microsoft's free Ribbon Hero 2.

PowerPoint Errors after Update

Do your presentations or templates show an error while opening recently using PowerPoint 2002 and 2003? Do you see blank boxes where your text or picture placeholders used to be? It looks like Microsoft pushed through some updates without testing them extensively -- any presentation or template that includes a picture background now shows this error -- what you need to do is remove this update, or apply a hotfix. More info at:

PowerPoint 2002: Remove and Disable Update 2464617
PowerPoint 2003: Remove and Disable Update 2464588

Conversations and Interviews

Here is a list of recent conversations -- read what these personalities have to say about their books, products, surveys, and sites:

Duarte Diagrams: Conversation with Nancy Duarte -- Nancy DuarteNancy Duarte has been a Principal of Duarte Design since 1990. Her firm is in the heart of the Silicon Valley and the client list is loaded with Fortune 500 companies. Her passion for business communications that are clear, meaningful and attractive has opened doors for her in a business world full of cluttered and complex visual communications. In this conversation, Nancy discusses the several diagrams that Duarte is creating as part of the Duarte Diagrams initiative. Read the conversation here.

PowerPoint Presentations: An Opinion by Bob McMillan -- Bob McMillanThis is a guest blog post by Bob McMillan. After running for the United States Senate in 1988 and winning editorial "praise" from "The New York Times", Bob McMillan was named by President George Bush to the Board of the Panama Canal Commission and confirmed by the United States Senate for the post on November 19, 1989. On October 27, 1993, he was elected Chairman of the Commission's Board of Directors -- in this role, he needs to present very often, and this guest post is an opinion from his experience with these presentations.Read this guest post here.

Recover Corrupt PowerPoint Presentations: Conversation with Paul Pruitt -- Paul PruittPaul Pruitt graduated with a degree in science before he got interested in computers. He has served professionally in the IT sphere since 1996, and works extensively trying to recover data from corrupt files. Since 2002, his S2 Services Data site has evolved into a comprehensive information source on free resources and freeware links that help users recover data lost to file corruptions, file deletions, failing disks and lost passwords. In this conversation, Paul discusses how he ventured into file recovery services, and what PowerPoint users can do to keep their presentation files secure and uncorrupted. Read the conversation here.

Brainshark Quick Response Codes: Conversation with Andy Zimmerman -- Andy ZimmermanAndy Zimmerman is the vice president of product marketing for Brainshark, Inc., overseeing the company’s marketing strategy, content and partners. Brainshark’s cloud-based software enables users to create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone – and then share and track their content. In this conversation, Andy discusses Brainshark’s new QR code capabilities, and how to apply QR codes effectively with Brainshark. Read the conversation here.

YawnBuster Connect: Conversation with Seema Chaudhary -- Seema ChaudharySeema Chaudhary helped establish the US headquarters of Harbinger Group in Redmond; created innovative and effective marketing campaigns to launch several products in the international market; and developed crucial long-lasting relationships with prominent and influential experts in the e-Learning industry. In this conversation, Seema discusses YawnBuster Connect, a new audience response system that works within PowerPoint. Read the conversation here.

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