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November 29, 2011

Geetesh Bajaj

This mailer comes to all of you after Thanksgiving, and while this day is not celebrated all over the world, it does have relevance to the way we all approach our days and lives, wherever in the world we may be. Just in case you missed our Thanksgiving gift to all of you last week, here's your last chance to get our Thanksgiving PowerPoint Kit -- there are no hidden offers, no upgrades or anything else -- this is 100% free! And we haven't stepped back from creating new tutorials as well -- let's just request you to scroll down to find the content. We also start a new series of posts on the hot topic of iPad Presenting.

Read the newsletter here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Default Behaviors for Action Buttons

November 29, 2011

We already showed how you can insert Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2010. Once inserted, you can do so much more with these Action Buttons -- what sets these Action Buttons apart from other shapes is the iconography they contain. For most users, an icon such as a leftwards arrow indicates moving to the previous slide and a rightwards arrow does indicate progressing to the next slide. Another advantage of these icon-equipped Action Buttons is that they are language independent, and can work very well in multi-language and international presentations.

Explore the different types of Action buttons and their default behavior in PowerPoint 2010.

OfficeOne Animations: The Indezine Review

November 28, 2011

OfficeOne Animations

OfficeOne Animations is a PowerPoint add-in that provides over 50 extra animation effects other than what are already provided by PowerPoint. These new animation effects are also available in the same category names as PowerPoint's default animations: Entrance, Emphasis, and Exit. Any of the custom animation effects provided by OfficeOne Animations can be previewed within PowerPoint itself, and also can be played on computers where OfficeOne Animations is not installed. PowerPoint animation options such as timings, repeat, triggers, sound, after animation settings, etc. work in the same way as with any other animation -- and are configurable through PowerPoint's user interface.

Read the review here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Locate PowerPoint

November 28, 2011

You cannot locate PowerPoint 2010 on your computer? Or you are not sure if there are any other versions of PowerPoint on your computer -- maybe an older version? Yes, we know that this can happen, although it does sound a little strange. You may be unable to locate PowerPoint, mainly in scenarios such as these: In an office, where system administrators are responsible for what's installed on your computer -- and they insist that you have PowerPoint on your system -- but you cannot find it! Or perhaps you bought a new desktop or laptop that came with a license for Microsoft Office. Even that's not a sure reason for you to have PowerPoint installed, as we'll explore later in this article. Or maybe you just lost the shortcut that used to launch PowerPoint.

Do you have a version of PowerPoint 2010 installed? Here's how you can find out.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Align Shapes

November 28, 2011

Being great believers in creative freedom, we consider un-required alignment of slide objects (such as shapes) probably as bad a design decision as aligning nothing at all. In the end, every decision to align needs to stem from your creative thoughts -- sometimes it works, and at other times, an unaligned bunch of shapes looks perfectly natural and organic. Also, remember that alignment works with more than just shapes -- and you can also combine shapes with other slide objects and align them all together.

Learn how to align shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

polltogo: Conversation with Ralph Baddour

November 25, 2011

Ralph Baddour

Ralph Baddour is a Canadian engineer, scientist and former biomedical researcher who's given talks at several international conferences. A part-time entrepreneur for the last decade, he has recently left academia and is now working on a several web startup projects, most notably polltogo as co-founder & CTO of Inspirapps Inc. polltogo is a new web-based platform that facilitates mobile interactions with a targeted audience. Although there are many sectors in which polltogo is being used, it is particularly well suited in the context of presentations as it can help a presenter better engage an audience. In this conversation, Ralph discusses polltogo.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Action Buttons

November 25, 2011

Shapes are the building blocks of almost anything you do on your PowerPoint slides -- and PowerPoint provides hundreds of shapes categorized into nine types. Among all the shape types, Action Buttons work a little differently. Action Buttons are essentially rectangular shapes that are used as navigation aids to move between slides -- or even another presentation, document, or a web URL. You insert an Action Button in the same way as you insert any other shape.

Learn how to insert an Action button on a slide in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Duplicate Shapes Using Command+D

November 24, 2011

You learned how to duplicate shapes by dragging them in an earlier tutorial, but while that's a nice way to duplicate two or five shapes, it's not the best way to create ten, twenty, or more copies. We all know that you can press Command+C to copy any shape in PowerPoint to the clipboard, and a resulting Command+V always pastes a copy from the clipboard to the slide -- what many people don't realize is PowerPoint has this almost supernatural keyboard shortcut called Command+D (yes, the D stands for duplicate), and this shortcut does more than just duplicate; in fact it creates a pattern of evenly-spaced and symmetrical shapes!

Learn how to duplicate shapes using the Command+D key combination in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

iPad for Presenter’s View in PowerPoint: Conversation with Rikk Flohr

November 23, 2011

Rikk Flohr

A refugee from 18 years in corporate management and marketing, Rikk Flohr turned his attention inward to his 20-year love affair with photography. He founded his design firm Fleeting Glimpse Images in January 2006 and divides his days between various print and screen design projects, presentation consulting and, of course, photography. He lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota. In this conversation, Rikk discusses using an iPad as a presenting tool.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Insert Sound

November 23, 2011

Sound files of various types such as MP3s, WMAs, or WAVs can be used in PowerPoint 2007. As far as possible, work with a presentation that has been saved at least once; then copy any sound/music file you want to insert to the same folder as the presentation. Open your presentation and navigate to the slide where you want to add a sound.

Learn how to insert sound clips in PowerPoint 2007.

Indezine Thanksgiving PowerPoint Kit

November 22, 2011

Indezine Thanksgiving PowerPoint Kit

Thanksgiving is the time to pause, appreciate what we have, and offer our thanks for all the grace. So we at Indezine did just that -- we want to thank you all for sending us your comments, writing notes to us, and helping us be a better site. Here is our thank you gift for you: the Thanksgiving PowerPoint Kit, a self-contained set of PowerPoint content that provides everything you need to create Thanksgiving themed picture slides -- and share them as video clips, online presentations, scrapbook pages, and more.

Go ahead and download the kit now.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Duplicate Shapes by Dragging

November 22, 2011

Shapes in PowerPoint are very useful in representing design or content -- but when you create a slide that has such a framework, it is common to have several shapes of the same size and other attributes on a slide. Not only does the repetition of shapes cause continuity, but in some ways it can also lead to symmetry.

Learn how to duplicate shapes by dragging them to make copies in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

iPad Presenting 01: First Questions First

November 21, 2011

iPad Presenting

OK, you have an Apple iPad of the original first generation -- or the second one. You need to present in front of a small or large audience sometimes or fairly frequently, and just the thought of doing one of your upcoming presentations using the iPad rather than the regular laptop and the ubiquitous Microsoft PowerPoint (or Apple Keynote) makes your veins pump with faster flowing blood? And for many of us it may not even matter if we still use a laptop or a desktop machine -- or not. Even if we use the iPad along with a laptop, it still is an achievement of some proportions!

Read more here.

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Trigger Animations

November 21, 2011

When you are presenting, you may come across a scenario where you want to click on one slide object to animate some other object. Not only can you cause the click to trigger a typical animation of another slide object, but you can also trigger media events such as playing a sound or video clip. Not surprisingly, these types of animations are called Trigger animations -- since they trigger an action for some other object. Trigger animations work only with On Click animation events applied to the animated object.

Learn how to use trigger animations that occur on the click of some other slide object in PowerPoint 2007.

Thanksgiving Clip Arts for PowerPoint

November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving Clip Arts for PowerPoint

These Thanksgiving 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. Additionally, these Thanksgiving graphics are vector shapes, so you can easily edit them within your Microsoft Office program.

Download these free Thanksgiving clip art graphics here.

Circulate: The Indezine Review

November 18, 2011


Circulate is a new PowerPoint add-in that quickly arranges shapes, pictures, and text into circular and semi-circular paths. You can play around with different path options to create complex patterns, motifs, logos, spirographs, etc. All put together, this does look like a fun add-in that can be very useful at the same time. To use Circulate, you will need PowerPoint 2007 or later versions on Windows.

Read the Indezine review of Circulate.

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