by Geetesh Bajaj, February 28th 2012
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Pictures, Thousands of Words, and Smiles
In the last issue, we discussed about pictures and how you can use them effectively. Talking about pictures, there's a favorite saying: A picture is worth a thousand words. While that can be true often, it can also be untrue in a surprisingly large number of scenarios. I discuss more about when a picture is not worth a thousand words in a blog post released last week -- and mentioned later in this newsletter.
Now that we are looking at presenting myths, let me ask you all about a smile. A smile is a very common emotion that works wonders as long as it is flashed for an instant. What do you think about smiles that last for an hour or more -- do such smiling people get on your nerves? I encountered something of this sort -- and will share my story with you in a blog post releasing tomorrow -- and for sure, I'll bring up this story in next week's issue of this newsletter!
We continue with plenty of new content in this issue -- scroll down to find more.
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Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words?
A picture is worth a thousand words -- we've all heard that a thousand times and more. Frankly speaking, that observation may not be true all the time! So what are those scenarios when this is not true? Actually, there are so many scenarios that I had to share an entire list with you!
Read more here
This presentation contains two slides – each slide has two oval shapes that contain a slide background fill. Once animated, the background section that shows through in the ovals continues to move within the slide area creating a very different animation effect. Simultaneously, the rest of the background fades out so that the area within the ovals is highlighted. The background picture was sourced from Microsoft’s Office.com site. Download and use this slide for your own presentations
Motion Path and Animated Background
We set a section of Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers as the slide background –- and then we added several shapes with a slide background fill to create this slide. You can change the background to any other picture, and these animations will still work! Once animated, the background section that shows through in the shapes continues to move within the slide area creating a very different animation effect. Simultaneously, the rest of the background fades out so that the area within the shapes is highlighted. Download and use this slide for your own presentations.
PowerPoint Add-in Review: Doodleslide
It's always good to be different -- and canned slides with Calibri or Arial text over those same template or Theme backgrounds can look so monotonous! Doodleslide is a PowerPoint add-in that enables you to add a human touch by inserting hand-drawn images and organic looking slide templates. The Doodleslide add-in consists a library of around 350 high-resolution doodle images with transparent backgrounds. These are divided into 25 categories. In addition, it also comprises over 50 slide templates that match the look of the doodles. Both these elements: the doodles and the slide templates can be accessed by two buttons that are integrated into the Insert tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint.
Read the Indezine review of Doodleslide
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