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PowerPoint at 25
We also look at the new PowerPoint 2013 from a developer perspective this week. Don't worry -- there are no
programming techniques or code for you to decipher -- instead we look at the new options that Microsoft has
provided to developers so that they can find better ways to manipulate Themes, guides, and so much more. And then
they will create these cool add-ins for you to make your work easier!
PowerPoint at 25: Conversation with Robert Gaskins
invented PowerPoint, drawing on ten years of interdisciplinary graduate study at Berkeley
and five years as manager of computer science research for an international telecommunications R&D laboratory
in Silicon Valley. Gaskins managed the design and development of PowerPoint as a startup where it attracted the
first venture capital investment ever made by Apple Computer. It was released for Macintosh in April 1987; soon after,
it became the first significant acquisition ever made by Microsoft, who set up a new business unit in Silicon Valley
to develop it further. Gaskins headed this new Microsoft group for another five years, completing versions of the
PowerPoint product through the explosive initial growth of Microsoft Windows and the creation of the Microsoft
Office bundle. In this conversation, Robert discusses how PowerPoint evolved, and how it was named.
Read this exclusive conversation with Robert Gaskins
Create Organic Boxes in PowerPoint
You may call them squares or rectangles, or if you are Metro-inspired, you may call them tiles.
For reasons of simplicity, let us just call them boxes. It does not matter what you call them,
but most presenters use these boxes so often in their slides. It's easy to understand why these boxes
are so popular -- they can be added to your slides with one click, and you can type any text right inside them.
Learn how to create organic looking boxes in PowerPoint
iSpring Converter: The Indezine Review
iSpring Converter is a PowerPoint add-in that converts your existing PowerPoint slides into interactive
HTML5 content suitable for viewing on iOS devices like the iPad. This conversion attempts to preserve all
movements in PowerPoint such as animations and transition effects including complicated 3D transitions and
trigger animations. In addition, the conversion also supports embedded audio and video, and retains all
PowerPoint styles, keeping the original PowerPoint look in HTML5. The converted output can be viewed easily
in most contemporary browsers without additional plug-ins. Also your presentations are optimized for viewing
on iPads and other mobile devices.
Read the Indezine review of iSpring Converter
Conversations and Guest Posts
Avoid Death by Clip Art: by Gavin Wedell
Do you use clip art images in your presentations, or do you stay away from them just because you read
somewhere that clip art may make your slides look unprofessional? Of course, that’s true –- but certainly
not all the time, as we shall explore in this article. As you shall see, all clip art is not created equal,
and there can be several benefits in using the right kind of clip art. Adding clip art is a great way to help
your audience comprehend and process the important points of your presentation. However, if you use clip art poorly,
it can do far more harm than good. Let's see how it can be dangerous, and how to use clip art properly. So what not
to do when using clip art? Let's take an example of poorly used clip art in a time management presentation.
Read more here
Communicate, Collaborate, Educate using PowerPoint: Conversation with Duncan Peberdy
has a wide experience of the AV industry gained over many years working with
manufacturers, distributors and resellers, focusing on technology that improves meetings and meeting spaces.
In 2009 Duncan pitched Brilliant Meetings to Prentice Hall, and co-authored with his business partner a definitive
guide to improving meetings that has now been translated into four additional languages. (French, Chinese,
Italian, and Arabic). In this conversation, Duncan talks about his new Communicate, Collaborate,
Educate using PowerPoint ebook.
Read this conversation here
PowerPoint 2013 for Developers
In this conversation, PowerPoint MVP Steve Rindsberg
has been associated with PowerPoint since the
product originated more than two decades ago. Steve discusses what the upcoming PowerPoint
2013 offers developers, and about the rumours that apps will replace add-ins soon.
the conversation here
, CEO of GMARK Ltd. uses PowerPoint as a programming environment to create
custom programming procedures and PowerPoint add-ins. He adds thoughts to Steve's conversation, and offers his
opinion on the same two questions.
the conversation here
People Chain Silhouettes for PowerPoint -- 01
People Chain silhouettes are ready made graphics of people holding hands.
These can be used in various presenting scenarios, such as when you need to create slides that relate to sociology,
people of the world, population, team work, collaboration, etc. These are simple graphics, yet can provide
amazing results when utilized with creativity.. Once you have downloaded the sample presentation,
all you have to do is copy the silhouette graphics and paste them in your slides.
Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Fonts and Indent Markers
Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Animations
Getting your PowerPoint tasks done quicker is just one of the benefits you will gain by using keyboard shortcuts.
Are you aware of all PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts? Want to check if your favorites have been included in this e-book, or if there are a few that can help you perform
your PowerPoint tasks quicker and better? Or if you don't use keyboard shortcuts, do you want to get started?
This 56 page PDF e-book downloads quick, costs you just $1, and is a valuable resource.
The PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts E-Book
covers the last three Windows versions of PowerPoint: PowerPoint 2010, 2007, and 2003.
And now, the e-book has already been updated for the new PowerPoint 2013 Consumer Preview.