by Geetesh Bajaj, August 21st 2012
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PowerPoint at 25

Geetesh Bajaj PowerPoint celebrated its 25th birthday last month, and in a special world exclusive we have Robert Gaskins, the founder of PowerPoint reminisce about how PowerPoint might have been named Presenter if someone else did not trademark that name. And in a curious turn of events, one of the commentors of his post owns up to trademarking the Presenter name. Post 25 years, the world is a small place!
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!

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PowerPoint at 25: Conversation with Robert Gaskins

Robert Gaskins 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

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: 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

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

Duncan Peberdy 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

Steve Rindsberg 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.
Read the conversation here.

Jamie Garroch Jamie Garroch, 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.
Read the conversation here.

People Chain Silhouettes for PowerPoint -- 01

People Chain Silhouettes for PowerPoint    People Chain Silhouettes for PowerPoint
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.

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