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PDF Converter Elite: The Indezine Review

March 9, 2012

PDF Converter Elite: The Indezine Review

PDF Converter Elite is an application that enables you to do two types of PDF related tasks. First of all, it can create PDFs from any file on your computer. More importantly though, and something that we will explore in this review is the second ability that PDF Converter Elite has up its sleeve – it can convert existing PDFs into popular Microsoft Office file formats such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Publisher, HTML and more. In this review we'll explore how you can convert a PDF to a PowerPoint presentation.

Learn about PDF Converter Elite, a PDF creation and converter product that also enables you to convert a PDF file back into a PowerPoint presentation.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Drawing a Parabola

March 9, 2012

You have already learned about the line drawing tools such as line, curve, freeform, and scribble. With these line tools, you can draw almost anything in PowerPoint that you normally would draw in a high-end illustration program. In this tutorial, let us explore how to draw a parabola in PowerPoint 2011 using the Curve drawing tool. First of all, what is a parabola? Technically, it is a conic section -- but to make it easier for you, we'll ask you to visualize the McDonald's logo with just one conic section rather than two.

Learn how to draw a parabola in PowerPoint 2011.

How Audiences See -- Follow the Action: by Jerry Weissman

March 8, 2012

Does this large, illuminated letter look familiar? It should. The style has been around ever since medieval times to mark the beginning of a new document. It has continued on into modern publishing where an enlarged first letter marks the beginning of chapters in books and the beginnings of articles in magazines and newspapers. Now it becomes a factor in how we view computer screens. EyeTrackShop, an eponymous Swedish start-up company, does exactly what its name says: track eye movements to, as their slogan puts it, "identify where people look, for how long and in what order."

Read more in this guest post by Jerry Weissman.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Enable Trusted Certificates

March 8, 2012

Now that you know how you can create a self-signed digital certificate outside PowerPoint, you will soon discover that these certificates are not trusted. This means that you can send these non-trusted certificates only to known people who are confident that the sender is the actual originator (or author) of the document. However, you can provide the recipients a certain level of confidence by converting these to trusted certificates. In this tutorial you'll learn to stamp a self-signed certificate as trusted within PowerPoint.

Learn how to enable trusted certificates in PowerPoint 2010.

Slide Executive xPoint Desktop: The Indezine Review

March 7, 2012

Slide Executive xPoint Desktop: The Indezine Review

Slide Executive xPoint (hereafter xPoint) is a PowerPoint add-in that searches and inserts slides and images from your computer, company cloud, and from the web, straight into your PowerPoint presentations. It installs as a tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint providing access to a local and/or a central slide library in the cloud. For single users, xPoint provides desktop slide search and management tools. For multiple users in a company, xPoint provides the ability to search and browse slides/presentations -- this increases the use of approved slides and also brings consistency to all company presentations. Furthermore xPoint includes free search and insertion of slides and images from the internet. In this review, we are exploring the desktop edition of xPoint.

Learn about Slide Executive xPoint, a PowerPoint add-in that lets you index your PowerPoint presentations, and then re-use them.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Target Diagram

March 7, 2012

PowerPoint provides a large collection of ready-made shapes that you can easily insert in your PowerPoint slides. You can go ahead and add multiple shapes on the same slide and then flip, rotate, reorder, or group them as required, or combine them to create your own new diagrams and designs. These combined shapes help create more involved diagrams such as a target diagram -- in this tutorial we'll show you how simple it is to create a target by placing circles of succeeding smaller sizes one on top of the other.

Learn how to draw a target diagram with multiple circles in PowerPoint 2011.

Indezine News Released

March 6, 2012

Geetesh Bajaj

During the last issue, we discussed about how a smile can be a liability to a speaker, especially if he smiles all through a long presentation. Read our Thin Smiles, Thinner Audiences story this time to learn more. Yet, that does not mean that you should not smile -- a smile is a very useful part of your personality, and a great asset when it is sincere and genuine. And when you smile, your slides need to smile too. Yes, slides have emotions -- they can cry, they can smile. They can be grumpy, dirty, and confused -- or they can be organized, efficient, and clean! In the next few issues, we will explore slide emotions and see how the right emotive slide can make a difference to your presentation.

Read the newsletter here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Creating Digital Certificates Outside PowerPoint

March 6, 2012

We have already explored how you can create a basic digital signature right within PowerPoint 2010 -- and how you can sign your presentation. Each signature is contained inside a digital certificate. Digital certificates, also known as digital IDs can either be self-signed (as explained in our Acquire or Create a Digital Signature in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial) or issued by Certificate Authority within an organization. Although PowerPoint lets you create a certificate, it does not let you create multiple certificates -- to do that, you can create a digital certificate outside PowerPoint.

Learn how to create Digital Certificates outside PowerPoint 2010.

PowerPoint Creative Projects: Conversation with Peggy Duncan

March 5, 2012

Peggy Duncan

Peggy Duncan works with teams and individuals to help them spend less time working but get more done. Peggy travels internationally training on organization, time management, advanced PowerPoint, Word tips, email management with Outlook, do-it-yourself search engine optimization, and getting started with video and YouTube channels. Peggy is an award-winning video blogger at and the author of Just Show Me Which Button to Click! in PowerPoint 2007. In this discussion, Peggy discusses how she uses PowerPoint for creative projects other than just slide design.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Creating Anchor Points for Connectors

March 5, 2012

At the time of attaching a connector to any slide object, you might have noticed that connectors can only be attached to an anchor point that appears on the slide object. Most of the time, the default anchor points may work well for you -- however, in certain scenarios, you may want additional anchor points at a particular location on the slide object. The good news is that you can add new anchor points for slide objects such as shapes and text boxes using the technique explained in this tutorial.

Learn how to create Anchor Points for connectors in PowerPoint 2011.

Animated Slide: Rotated Circles with Background Fill

March 3, 2012

Animated Slide: Rotated Circles with Background Fill

A picture that has 6 friends celebrating – and 6 circles grab each of these friend’s faces to create a rotated circle animation. Predictably, all 6 circles contain a slide background fill so as to grab the content off the slide background. Simultaneously, the rest of the background fades out so that the area within the circles is highlighted. The background picture was sourced from Microsoft’s site. These slides were created in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows and should work well in both PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 for Windows – and in PowerPoint 2008 and 2011 on the Mac.

Download and use this presentation.

Lingo 2: The Indezine Review

March 2, 2012

Lingo 2: The Indezine Review

Although it is easy to change the proofing language for specific text placeholders within a PowerPoint presentation, this can be a monotonous and long task. If you need to change the proofing language of over a hundred slides, you can be assured that this might take away a larger part of your working day. Fortunately, our review product can be a huge help! Lingo 2 is a PowerPoint add-in that changes the proofing language of all slides within a presentation at one go! It searches almost everywhere in your presentation to locate instances of language attributes in the Masters, tables, SmartArt, Notes pages, grouped shapes and text boxes, text placeholders, etc. -- and changes the proofing language.

Learn about Lingo, a PowerPoint add-in which enables changing the proofing language of the presentation’s text content to various languages.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Acquire or Create a Digital Signature

March 2, 2012

You have already explored what a digital signature is, and how a digital signature can be important for use in PowerPoint presentations. To digitally sign a presentation, you need a digital certificate. If you try to digitally sign any presentation without a digital certificate in PowerPoint 2010, you are prompted to acquire or create a digital signature. In this tutorial we will explore how you can both acquire or create a digital signature.

Learn how to acquire or create a digital signature in PowerPoint 2010.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Reroute Connectors

March 1, 2012

You have already learned about the amazing stuff you can do with connectors -- starting from drawing to formatting them. Many times when you draw connectors between slide objects, the connector may use the shortest path between two slide objects -- this might overlap the connector over other shapes, text boxes, or any other object. You might have another reason to use a longer connector between two slide objects as well -- whatever your reason may be, the good news is that you can easily reroute your connectors -- either automatically or manually.

Learn how to reroute connectors automatically, and also how you can use the yellow diamond handles in connectors within PowerPoint 2011.

Thin Smiles, Thinner Audiences!

February 29, 2012

Thin Smiles, Thinner Audiences!

Yesterday evening, our bank invited us to a presentation by one of their insurance consultants -- and that caused me to run into something I have never experienced before in more than a decade of presenting and teaching people how to present! What I encountered was a thin smile -- the presenter had this thin smile plastered on his face right from the start to end of his presentation -- and that lasted for a good hour and half. Fortunately, I had my iPad with me -- so I used it to good advantage to pencil all my thoughts immediately! Later I asked a few friends about what they thought -- and added all their experiences to this blog post.

Learn how a smile can be a liability.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Creating Anchor Points for Connectors

February 29, 2012

While PowerPoint lets you attach a connector to any slide object, these connectors can only be attached to wherever you see an anchor point on the slide object. Most of the time, the location of these anchor points may work well for you -- however, in certain scenarios, you may want additional anchor points at a particular location. The good news is that you can add new anchor points for shapes and text boxes using the technique explained on this page. For text placeholders though, you cannot add new anchor points. If you need more anchor points for pictures, it is suggested that you use any shape as a container for a picture fill, and add anchor points as required for the container shape.

Learn how to create Anchor Points for connectors in PowerPoint 2010.

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