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Presenter Impossible: Conversation with Marco Montemagno

April 18, 2012

Marco Montemagno

For more than 10 years, Marco "Monty" Montemagno has dedicated his career to informing people about the opportunities offered by the Internet and technology by incorporating unconventional presentation tactics into his presentations. This includes ping-pong tables brought onto the stage, giving out rings to marry the Internet and handing out tennis balls to the audience to throw onto the stage, among others. In this conversation, Marco discusses quirky ways of presenting, and his secrets to pulling off a successful presentation.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Recolor Picture

April 18, 2012

Once you insert a picture on your PowerPoint slide, you can make several visual changes to it. You have already learned how to apply corrections to the inserted picture. In this tutorial let us explore the Recolor option for the pictures. Follow these steps to learn more. Open your presentation, and navigate to the required slide. Insert a picture, or if you already have a picture on your slide just select it and double click to activate the Format Picture tab on the Ribbon.

Learn how to recolor pictures in PowerPoint 2011.

Indezine News Released

April 17, 2012

Geetesh Bajaj

As presentation training gets more commonplace, you see more presenters who do everything by the book – and some of them do take this quite far. One of the worrying trends is too much practice – I have seen presenters who rehearse everything – from their body movement to their talk, and I suspect some of them even rehearse when they should smile and cough! Contrary to what you may read in the books, too much practice for your presentation is not necessarily a good thing. Yes, it's great to practice your slides – try speaking what you want to say during the time that each slide is being shown – but you must stop after a while, and let your natural personality take over.

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Learn PowerPoint 2010: Motion Path Animations -- Lock and Unlock Motion Paths

April 17, 2012

A motion path is something along which you want animate a slide object in PowerPoint. Locking and unlocking motion paths are not much used options, and that may be because these options are not too well documented or even intuitive. However, it's good to know more about these options since locking and unlocking motion paths can help you create better animations. You have already learned how to add a motion path animation to any slide object by either using a preset motion path or by drawing your own custom motion path. We also explained the concept of reversing paths and opening and closing paths. Now, follow these steps to learn how to access and use the Lock / Unlock options.

Learn how to lock and unlock motion paths in PowerPoint 2010.

Diagrammer: Conversation with Nancy Duarte

April 16, 2012

Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte has been a Principal of Duarte Design since 1990. Her firm is in the heart of the Silicon Valley and the client list is loaded with Fortune 500 companies. Her passion for business communications that are clear, meaningful and attractive has opened doors for her in a business world full of cluttered and complex visual communications. In this conversation, Nancy discusses the new Diagrammer™ initiative.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Picture Corrections

April 16, 2012

When you insert a picture on your PowerPoint slide, there may be situations when you feel that the picture needs some corrections. Maybe the picture is too dark or too bright, and you want to give it an average look -- or sometimes you may want to make some changes to it so that it stands apart. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make corrections to the pictures in terms of its brightness, sharpness and contrast values.

Learn about the Correction option for pictures in PowerPoint 2011.

Master a Five Minute Talk: My Road to Ignite Chicago by Bess Gallanis

April 13, 2012

Bess Gallanis

The person who said 'talk is cheap' never imagined a five-minute presentation. Speaking at a clip of 160 words a minute, five minutes gets you about 800 words. With this kind of verbal economy at play, talk is not cheap. Of all the live presentation events, Ignite is one of the most popular. The love child of Brady Forrest, Bre Pettis and O'Reilly Media, a Silicon Valley technical publisher, Ignite is more like SXSW than TED. The Ignite experience reminded me of Albert Einstein's quote, 'Make everything simple as possible, but no simpler.' A few tips to help you master a five minute talk.

Bess Gallanis tells you more.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Motion Path Animations -- Open and Closed Motion Paths

April 13, 2012

Motion paths may be paths on which slide objects animate, but for all other practical reasons, they are essentially just ordinary paths (or lines) that have curves, points, etc. If you are familiar with the drawing tools in PowerPoint (Line, Curve, Scribble, and Freeform) -- or if you use a graphic illustration program like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW, you know that paths can be either open or closed. A circle is a good example of a closed path, whereas a curve is an open path.

Learn about open and closed Motion paths in PowerPoint 2010.

Xara Web Designer MX Premium: The Indezine Review

April 12, 2012

Xara Web Designer MX Premium is a web design program that includes readymade webpage and website templates within the Designs gallery. Just pick any web design with individual web graphics, complete pages, or pre-built multi-page sites. Customize it as you require -- you can customize the web graphics too, or create your own vector graphics, import and edit photos, apply animated effects and animated transitions to the layers and page links in your website. In addition, you can create web-based slide-show style presentations, Flash animations, and text layouts.

Learn about Xara Web Designer MX Premium.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Adjust Picture Options

April 12, 2012

When you insert a picture on your PowerPoint slide, you may want to make some changes to the picture - for example, you may want to change its size, color, adjust its saturation, or apply some styles to it. In this tutorial, we'll introduce you to the Adjust Picture options in PowerPoint 2011. Later, in subsequent tutorials in this series, you will learn more about the individual options in more detail. You can make adjustments to the pictures inserted on slides, as well as to the pictures used as fills for shapes. When you select a picture, the Format Picture tab appears on the Ribbon.

Explore different Adjust Picture Options available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

SlideShark - Box OneCloud Integration: Conversation with David Klein

April 11, 2012

David Klein

David Klein is senior director of product management at Brainshark, Inc., leading the product team in developing innovative business solutions. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone – and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while also dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, David discusses SlideShark, a free iPad app that allows users to properly play PowerPoint presentations on the iPad, and its recent integration with Box.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Motion Path Animations -- Reversing Motion Paths

April 11, 2012

Now that you have learnt how easy it is to add motion paths using presets, and draw your own custom motion paths, it is time that you start getting more familiar with some tricks used with motion path animations. The simplest motion path trick is the reverse motion path option. This option is very helpful if you want an object to animate using a motion path, and then animate again from the end of the motion path to the beginning!

Learn how to reverse a motion path animation in PowerPoint 2010.

Indezine News Released

April 10, 2012

Geetesh Bajaj

In the last issue, we talked about slides that had no bullet points. Let's discuss more about this topic. While many people agree that bullet points can make a slide or even a presenter appear dumb, that's not always the case. If you are using bullet points to show a list, then you should continue doing so -- there's no sense in creating a slide that has a list of recipe ingredients or even a shopping list in a format without lists! For most other slide types, you can look at some other non-bulleted alternatives. Slide purists love the idea of a single picture on each slide with a title -- of course, both the picture and the title should work well with each other. Many other times, you can use SmartArt instead of bulleted lists. Sometimes, a table may work better.

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Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Insert and/or Link Pictures

April 10, 2012

When you insert a picture on your PowerPoint slide, you are doing a task that is frequent and commonplace -- and to you, this may look like an activity that's simple. But behind this simple task, there are options you may not be aware of. You know that a picture located in any of your folders can be inserted on a slide. But, have you wondered about the relation a picture on the slide has with the original picture located in your folder? By default, PowerPoint retains no relation -- even if you delete or move the original picture file you inserted, the copy on your slide will still be retained since PowerPoint saves the picture as a part of the file it creates. However, there are options in PowerPoint that let you maintain the relation between the original picture and the inserted picture -- for example, if you make changes to your original picture, PowerPoint will update its copy on the slide!

Learn about the advanced options available for inserting and/or linking pictures in PowerPoint 2011.

SlideDog: Conversation with Dag Hendrik Lerdal

April 9, 2012

Dag Hendrik Lerdal

Dag Hendrik Lerdal is a 29 year old entrepreneur and Software Engineer with an MSc in Communication Technology living in Trondheim, Norway. After finishing his Master’s degree at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, he co-founded Preseria AS in 2008. The company develops technology and services related to planning, administration, execution and publishing of digital presentations in context of seminars, meetings and conferences. In this conversation, Dag discusses the new SlideDog site.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Motion Path Animations -- Drawing Custom Paths

April 9, 2012

We showed you how you can add a basic Motion Path animation to any PowerPoint slide object. If none of the ready made motion paths suit your needs, or if you cannot easily edit them to the way you want, you can easily create your own motion paths. In this tutorial we'll show you how you can use PowerPoint's drawing tools to create your own motion path.

Learn how to draw a custom path in PowerPoint 2010.

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