by Geetesh Bajaj, June 28th 2011

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Geetesh BajajIt's two weeks since you received the last newsletter, and time for the next issue.

We have no giveaway this time -- but we do announce the names of the winners from the previous giveaway. 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!

The winners of the Ppted Americana giveaway we announced in the issue before the last one are Chris Gamec, Cliff McPherson, Jim Squires, Patti Tucker, and Elizabeth Torres -- congratulations to all of you. Also do check out the feedback we received for the giveaway -- thanks to all of you for your kind words.

Conversations and Interviews

Sex or PowerPoint? Conversation with Heidi Jackman

Heidi JackmanHeidi Jackman is the CMO of SlideRocket. Heidi is a senior Marketing professional with twenty years' experience in high technology marketing, e-commerce and product management. Heidi was most recently at Intuit and is recognized as one of the primary thought leaders for the online world, she created Intuit's first "Web Center of Excellence" and played an integral role in implementing Intuit's "web first" strategy. In this interview, Heidi discusses the findings of an independent survey that claims a quarter of Americans would rather give up sex than sit through a PowerPoint.

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Beyond Bullet Points 3rd Edition: Conversation with Cliff Atkinson

Cliff AtkinsonCliff Atkinson is an acclaimed writer, popular keynote speaker, and an independent consultant to leading attorneys and Fortune 500 companies. He designed the presentations that helped persuade a jury to award a $253 million verdict to the plaintiff in the nation's first Vioxx trial in 2005, which Fortune magazine called "frighteningly powerful." Cliff's bestselling book Beyond Bullet Points was named a Best Book of 2007 by the editors of, and it expands on a communications approach he has taught at many of the country's top law firms, government agencies, business schools and corporations. In this interview, Cliff discusses the release of the third edition of this book, Beyond Bullet Points.

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MightyMeeting: Conversation with Dmitri Tcherevik

Dmitri TcherevikDmitri Tcherevik is the CEO and founder of MightyMeeting, a mobile collaboration and social sharing company. Prior to starting MightyMeeting, Dmitri was the CTO at FatWire, the largest independent web experience management company. FatWire acquired Infostoria, an Enterprise 2.0 company that Dmitri started after he left Computer Associates, where he was responsible for technology strategy and a number of innovative products and initiatives. In this interview, Dmitri discusses MightyMeeting, and how end users can benefit from this mobile meeting platform.

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Brandon Hall Award for iSpring: Conversation with Yury Uskov

Yury UskovYury Uskov is a founder and CEO of iSpring Solutions Inc., an innovative software company focused on providing professional e-Learning authoring tools based on PowerPoint. iSpring is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. In this conversation, Yury discusses iSpring being the recipient of the the Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Award.

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Learn PowerPoint 2010: Connectors

ConnectorsWe have a mixed bag of PowerPoint 2010 tutorials this time -- we continue our series on using connectors to link shapes on your slides -- to show relationships and linkages. Once you already create your connectors, you will certainly want to learn how you can detach, re-attach, and delete connectors. In addition sometimes connectors just get in the way, overlapping other shapes -- and the resulting slides don't look professional -- if that situation sounds familiar, you will love this tutorial that shows how you can reroute connectors.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Organization Charts

Organization ChartsAlthough newer versions of PowerPoint categorize organization charts as SmartArt graphics, there are typical, peculiar issues that relate to organization charts -- these issues have no relation to other SmartArt variants. You first learn how you can insert an organization chart -- then go ahead and learn how you can add new shapes to your existing organization charts. Finally you can change the way subordinate shapes anchor to the top level shapes by changing the layout of organization charts.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Parabolas and Hyperbolas

Organization ChartsMany of us don't realize that under its hood, PowerPoint is also a complete illustration program -- it may not be as powerful as some other drawing programs, but when you need to create a quick shape, then PowerPoint is all you need -- and although it's not that obvious, Word shares most of these drawing tools as well! So do you want to start by drawing some parabolas and hyperbolas in PowerPoint? Don't know what a parabola or hyperbola is? No worries -- you learn that too!

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Continuing our series on PowerPoint 2011 for Mac -- here are tons of new tutorial pages:

File Formats in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
File Types that can be Opened in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Drawing a Perfect Circle in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

PowerPoint Presentation Gallery in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Compare Presentations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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