by Geetesh Bajaj, July 19th 2011
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Is PowerPoint a Drawing Program?
I continue being amazed with PowerPoint's drawing capabilities. Right under the hood of the slide program is its secret twin, the drawing program!
How does this drawing program compare to heavyweight drawing programs like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW? Before I answer that question, let me give you some small analogies of how people would approach drawing tasks before the advent of the digital age:
- When a commercial artist needed to create a new packaging for a client, he or she used their tools, such as tracing paper, markers, etc.
- When an architect needed to draw a plan, he or she used all their measurement and drawing tools.
- When you wanted to scribble something, you used a piece of paper (you still do that!).
Now let us look at the same scenarios in more contemporary times:
- When the commercial artist moved to doing drawings on a computer, he or she started using Illustrator or CorelDRAW.
- When the architect started using digital plans, he or she started using one of the AutoCAD tools.
- But what do you do when you want to move up to scribbling doodles in the digital age? Simple, you move up to a program you already know to use: PowerPoint!
And at Indezine, we are committed to make that transition easy for you. In the last issue, you must have found links to all those amazing tutorials on using shapes in PowerPoint -- we received tons of great feedback from you!
Working with shapes is the foundation of PowerPoint's drawing abilities. In future issues of this newsletter, and on Indezine.com, you can look forward to all sorts of easy drawing stuff that you can do -- even if you don't draw on paper!
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Learn PowerPoint 2010: Photo Album
The Photo Album option is one of PowerPoint's coolest features that lets you import folders full of pictures to your presentation with a few clicks. It can save you many, many hours of repetitive work -- and it will take you only a few minutes to get started with the Photo Album. Here are a whole series of tutorials on Photo Album:
Create a Photo Album
Editing Your Photo Album
Reorder, Remove, and Edit Photos
Photo Album Picture Layouts
Black and White Options
Apply Themes to Photo Album Presentations
Sample Photo Album presentations
The adage, a picture is worth a thousand words has been heard more than a thousand times, and yet the truth in that statement still holds good, except in one scenario, and that is all about where the visuals actually came from? Many people are quite happy searching for keywords on Google’s image search (and similar search options on Bing and Yahoo!) -- they then copy / paste the visual content they find right into their slides! Of course, that's not the right thing to do.
Read more about picture copyrights
Conversations and Interviews
Brainshark's Android App: Conversation with David Klein
David Klein is product director for Brainshark, Inc., leading the development of new mobile offerings, features and applications. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users 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, David discusses Brainshark’s new application for Android-based smartphones and tablets. Read the conversation here.
Fast Track Tools: Conversation with Ken Revenaugh
In his 20-year career, Ken Revenaugh has always demonstrated a passion for mentoring. As a result, he founded Fast Track Tools, a professional training and coaching company. Using his "Communicate to Win" product, clients learn how to sell their ideas and communicate with impact. In the past, Ken has served in Senior Sales Leadership roles at FedEX, Global Experience Specialist, and Oakwood where he built out the sales operations function, and led transformational change in sales and marketing. In this interview, Ken discusses the Fast Track Tools site and blog. Read the conversation here.
Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Media Browser
The Media Browser is new for PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, and is a central repository of all sorts of media content that you can insert in your slides. Since the Media Browser works in the same way in Office 2011 versions of Excel and Word, the content in these set of tutorials is relevant for those applications too:
Clip Art Tab
Add Your Folder Within The Media Browser
Customize Clip Art Categories within Media Browser
I'll be attending the Presentation Summit this September in Austin, TX -- if you are there, do drop in at the Help Center to say hello. Want to attend? More info at the Presentation Summit site
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Learn PowerPoint: Pictures and Visuals
Learn Microsoft SmartArt Graphics for PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2011 for Mac
2011 All-in-One for Mac for Dummies
Free PowerPoint Templates