by Geetesh Bajaj, October 11th 2011
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Things Happen Fast
Things seem to move at warp speed these days, and nothing seems surprising in today's world. So much so, that it feels good to pause for a while and do nothing -- and that does not happen in a world surrounded by communications.
It was with thoughts like these that I heard about the death of Steve Jobs. If anyone made a huge difference in how we use computers and other computing devices today, then that had to be Steve. Beyond computing, Steve was an amazing presenter -- in fact Carmine Gallo wrote an entire book about Steve's presentation secrets -- Carmine also wrote Create a Presentation the Steve Jobs Way, an exclusive article for Indezine two years ago, and it is still a great read.
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Conversations and Interviews
SlideShare Moves to HTML5: Conversation with Jonathan Boutelle
Jonathan Boutelle is the CTO of SlideShare, and is a principal at Uzanto Consulting. A software engineer by training, his interests lie at the intersection of technology, business, and user experience. Jonathan is particularly focused on technology that brings the web experience closer to the capabilities of the desktop. In this conversation, Jonathan discusses SlideShare's move from Flash to HTML5 for its presentations and how this move makes SlideShare content more accessible. Read the conversation here.
Annoying PowerPoint Survey Results: Conversation with Dave Paradi
Dave Paradi helps presenters communicate more effectively by using persuasive PowerPoint presentations. He has published over 240 issues of his bi-weekly newsletter, produced more than 70 slide makeover video podcasts and appears in media regularly. Dave recently held his biennial survey on what annoys people about PowerPoint presentations. In this conversation, Dave discusses the results of this survey. Read the conversation here.
KVStudio: Conversation with Michael Kolowich
Michael Kolowich is founder and CEO of KnowledgeVision, which has developed enterprise-grade tools for creating, managing, and distributing synchronized interactive online video presentations for communications, marketing, training, and sales professionals. In this discussion, Michael discusses KVStudio, an online presentation platform. Read the conversation here.
Share PowerPoint Presentations on authorSTREAM: Conversation with Dinesh Awasthi
Dinesh Awasthi is Product Manager for authorSTREAM.com. In addition to developing the strategic product roadmap and implementation of various features on authorSTREAM, he works with the development team and keeps an eye on user feedback to formulate new releases. Dinesh holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications. In this conversation, Dinesh discusses the PowerPoint sharing options on authorSTREAM.com. Read the conversation here.
Download Clip Media from Office.com
There is no dearth of sites providing royalty-free pictures that can be used in your PowerPoint presentations -- but none of these provide the breadth of choices that you can find at the Microsoft Office site (Office.com). Even better, all these pictures are free to all licensed users of Microsoft Office programs such as PowerPoint. Office.com allows you to download various types of clip media, including pictures. Learn how to download Clip Media from Microsoft's Office.com.
Halloween Clip Arts for PowerPoint
These Halloween Clip Arts for PowerPoint are ready to use clip-art graphics that you can use within your PowerPoint presentation slides. These clip art graphics are available in black and white colors -- both variations are contained within two separate sample presentations you can download. Copy the clip art graphics of your choice from the downloaded presentations, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slide, or you can also paste them into a Word document or an Excel worksheet. Download these free Halloween clip art graphics here.
Learn PowerPoint 2010: Chart Templates
If you create a perfect chart that you want to share with others as a template -- or even save it for yourself so that you can use it as a starting point for another chart -- then you will love the option to save chart templates -- these two tutorials should get you up and running:
Saving Chart Templates
Where are PowerPoint's Chart Templates Saved?
Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: SmartArt and Shape Styles
Mac users of PowerPoint can learn more about SmartArt graphics -- and also the cool Shape Styles feature in PowerPoint 2011:
Change Colors of SmartArt
Changing Fill, Line, and Effects for Shapes within SmartArt
Apply SmartArt Styles
Shape Styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn PowerPoint 2003: Masters
PowerPoint 2003 users can learn about all the types of Masters they can use to create consistent looking slides: