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Christmas Clip Arts for PowerPoint

December 09, 2011

Christmas Clip Arts for PowerPoint

These Christmas themes clip arts for PowerPoint are all silhouettes that are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides. These have been provided in both black and white colors -- both variations are contained within two separate sample presentations that you can download. Copy the graphics of your choice from the downloaded presentations, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slides. You can also paste them into a Word document, an Excel worksheet, or any other program. Within PowerPoint, all these silhouette graphics can be customized with Shape Styles.

Download these free Christmas clip art graphics here.

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Add Trigger for Sound and Movie Actions

December 09, 2011

Slides with interactivity work great in scenarios where the presentation in question is not linear in which slides advance one after the other at set timings. Also, the person or audience for whom these slides are intended must be aware that some interactivity has been placed on these slides so that they can go ahead and click on some slide objects to cause an action to happen. This is especially true for trigger animations in which you have to click one object to result in an action happening for another object. Taking the concept of trigger animations further, you can make a click on a PowerPoint shape (or even an Action Button) to cause the sound or video clip on the slide to play, pause, resume, or stop.

Learn how to trigger sound and movie actions in PowerPoint 2007.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Nudge and Move Shapes

December 08, 2011

When we talk about move and nudge in this tutorial, we do not mean just selecting a shape and dragging it somewhere else on the slide, although we discuss that too! Nudging a shape or any other slide object is essentially moving it just a wee bit using the arrow keys on your keyboard rather than the mouse. Move is different in that it is more of a super-nudge, and you can use the mouse to move rather than just nudge with keyboard keys. PowerPoint provides more than one way to nudge or move any selected shape or slide object.

Learn how to nudge and move shapes in PowerPoint 2011.

PPTools Resize: The Indezine Review

December 07, 2011

PPTools Resize

With wide-screen equipped projectors and displays -- and the unending amount of sizes required for digital signage, it seems like the PowerPoint slide's typical 4:3 resolution is no longer sufficient. And many times, you have to change your slide size from one to another after it has been created! Yes, PowerPoint does have an option to resize your slides but that feature does have a "take-it-or-leave-it" approach, what with you ending up with slides where pictures and other slide objects can get elongated or squished. Fortunately, our review product PPTools Resize is a much more gentler solution that hand holds you all the way, and ends up with more predictable results.

Read the Indezine review of PPTools Resize.

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Movie Actions

December 07, 2011

Although PowerPoint classifies Movie Actions as an animation type, these are not strictly animations. Yet, since you access them through the Custom Animation task pane, we have included this tutorial in our Animations section. In simple terms, a Movie Action is something that causes an event for any inserted movie clip -- these are simple events such as Play, Pause, Resume, and Stop. By providing complete control over these actions within the Custom Animation task pane, PowerPoint empowers you to make these events interact with other animations, including Triggers..

Learn about Movie Actions in PowerPoint 2007.

Indezine News

December 06, 2011

Geetesh Bajaj

Depending upon where in the world you live, winter can be the best or worst time of the year. Managing winter in sub-zero temperatures can still be enjoyable but long spells of cold weather can make one gloomy. On the other hand, for us here in tropical India winter signifies the absence of hot afternoons -- but we never get to see any snow -- in fact there are many people here who have never seen snow all their life although we have the highest snow covered mountains in the world in this country! Winter is also a festive time -- reminding everyone of Christmas and the New Year -- in the following days, we plan to release plenty of content around both these events.

We have plenty of new content in this issue -- topping the list of new content is an article on how you can get a free or cheaper copy of PowerPoint (and the rest of Office) with Microsoft's blessings.

Read the newsletter here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Group, Ungroup, and Regroup Shapes

December 06, 2011

Many times, you want to animate several slide objects -- rather than select each of them individually and then animate them, you can select them all together as a group and animate them. You may also want to rotate a few shapes placed next to each other to a certain angle -- at times like these, you'll be happy to know that grouping, ungrouping, and regrouping shapes makes it simpler and quicker to do these tasks.

Learn how to group, ungroup, and regroup shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Do You Get in Your Own Way?: by Claudyne Wilder

December 05, 2011

Claudyne Wilder

What happens when you get in your own way as you present? You dilute the message, distracting both the audience and yourself. You lose the intent and focus of the talk. Here are some ideas on how not to get in your own way. Walking from one specific spot to another is fine, but beware of shuffling from foot to foot - it's distracting to your audience. If you're not sure you're a shuffler, then stand on a piece of paper. People who shuffle usually rock from side to side moving their feet ever so slightly or rock back and forth. You will hear the paper noise as you move from one foot to the other. Do, however, plan to walk to and stand in several places. Just be sure you don't block your audience's view of the screen.

Read more in this post by Claudyne Wilder.

Learn PowerPoint 2007: Sound Actions

December 05, 2011

Although PowerPoint classifies Sound Actions as an animation type, it is not strictly an animation. Yet, since you access them through the Custom Animation task pane, we have included this tutorial in our Animations section. In simple terms, a Sound Action is something that causes an event for any inserted sound clip -- these are simple events such as Play, Pause, Resume, and Stop. By providing complete control over these actions within the Custom Animation task pane, PowerPoint empowers you to make these events interact with other animations, including Triggers.

Learn about Sound Actions in PowerPoint 2007.

Are You a Bold Speaker?: Guest Post by Sandra Schrift

December 02, 2011

Sandra Schrift

I have been booking and coaching professional speakers since 1982. And here is what I have observed. The best speakers do not fill the air with a lot of words -- they make the space for their audience to tell them what they need to know. The best speakers ask, "What do you need to really hear from me to give you what you came to hear?"

Sandra Schrift shares more thoughts about bold speakers.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Distribute Shapes

December 02, 2011

Distributing shapes is a simple concept that can make so much difference to the symmetry of your slides -- it means that the space between consecutive shapes (or any other slide objects) should be the equal so that they all appear evenly spaced out. If a fair amount of your time is spent in creating and editing PowerPoint slides, you know how important it is to keep all your slides looking consistent with shapes that are evenly positioned and equally spaced. The Distribute option is a great way to position shapes equidistant from each other, either on a horizontal or vertical plane.

Learn how to distribute shapes on a slide in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Book Review: How to Give a Great Presentation by Nick Morgan

December 01, 2011

Book Review: How to Give a Great Presentation

There is a new trend with ebooks -- they are getting smaller all the time! Typically ebooks were just electronic versions of regular books that had a hundred pages or more and needed more than a day or two to read, especially if you had other full time work to take care of. Now, ebook authors have realized that it's no longer necessary to take a concept that fits into 16 pages, and extend it to an entire book -- so you get ebooks that are direct in their approach, get straight to the point -- and you learn something new within an hour! Nick Morgan's new book, How to Give a Great Presentation fits the description in the preceding paragraph. It is compact, and direct in its tone.

Read more here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Hyperlinks for Action Buttons

December 01, 2011

After learning how you can insert Action Buttons and what the default behavior for each Action Button is, let us now move on to more detailed techniques on working with Action Buttons. Each Action Button has a default action associated -- this typically is a hyperlink to some other slide in your presentation. You can change this link, or even add another link such as a link to your web site, another document, and more.

Explore options to add and edit hyperlinks from Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2010.

Air Display: Conversation with Dave Howell

November 30, 2011

Dave Howell

Dave Howell is the founder of Avatron Software, the mobile app developer that created Air Sharing, Print Sharing, and Air Display. Before starting Avatron, Dave was a senior engineering manager at Apple, where he worked on the Pro Apps and Productivity Apps teams. Dave has Computer Science and Music degrees from Case Western Reserve University and a Cornell MBA. In this conversation, Dave discusses using their Air Display product to use an iPad as a presenting tool.

Read the conversation here.

Free PowerPoint from Microsoft?

November 30, 2011

We all realize that nothing is really free in today's world, yet we all look for free stuff all the time. Well, maybe we were partially wrong when we said "nothing is free", because you can get a free, or at least a cheaper copy of PowerPoint and Microsoft Office. When we say free or cheap, we do not refer to bootlegged copies -- but genuine, original software. Here are some options for you to get a free or cheaper copy of PowerPoint.

Learn how you can acquire a free or cheaper PowerPoint copy from Microsoft

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Align Shapes to the Center of the Slide

November 30, 2011

You have learned to align shapes in PowerPoint 2011 -- for alignment to work at all you need to have multiple shapes or other slide objects selected so that they can align to each other. However, you may want to align just one shape (or even a group of shapes) to the exact center of the slide. Fortunately, that is as easy to achieve as well.

Learn how align a shape to the center of a slide in PowerPoint 2011.

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