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Handmade Slides: Full Slide Textures

October 22, 2012

Handmade Slides: Full Slide Textures

These full screen textured pictures cover the entire slide area and are not meant to be seamless, tiling, or repeating. These organic pictures have been made available in both 4:3 (standard) and 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratios. Just add them to individual slides as required, or even better -- add them to the Slide Master. Typically, any picture you add has no transparency in PowerPoint but that omission is easily rectified by adding the picture as a fill for a large rectangle that covers the entire slide.

Download and use these textures to make your slides.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Pattern Fill for Text

October 22, 2012

Pattern Fill for Text in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery offers you with various text fill options like solid color fill, picture fill, gradient fill, texture fill etc. Additionally, another fill option is available for your text -- this is the pattern fill, and we will show you where you can find this option. Just like any other text fill, the appearance of text filled with a pattern depends upon certain factors like the type of pattern, colors used to create the pattern, and also the size of text, etc.

Learn how to add a pattern fill to the selected text in PowerPoint 2010.

Handmade Slides: Scribble Custom Textures

October 20, 2012

Handmade Slides: Scribble Custom Textures

These scribble custom textures may appear like normal diagonal lines, but they are more than just diagonal or even lines. Look closer and you'll see that all lines are not straight like drawn with a ruler -- rather they are organic and textured -- almost like you scribbling lines with a pencil!

Download these scribbled lines and use them as texture fills for your shape or text to end up with awesome results.

D1gits: Conversation with Charlie Caper and Erik Rosales

October 19, 2012

Charlie Caper

Charlie Caper is a magician, performer and creator. He won Sweden’s Got Talent 2009, and is the only magician to ever win this TV format in any of the 25 countries it's aired. He won a Silver Medal at the Last World Championship of Magic in 2009.

Erik Rosales

Erik Rosales is a multi-talented man with a huge interest and expertise in all kinds of technology and how to use it on stage. He is also the front man of incredible Swedish music sensation Sirqus Alfon, with whom he recently created the ambitious, inventive and amazing SATV show. In this conversation, Charlie and Erik discuss alternatives to slide-led presentations, such as their presentation for the city of Stockholm.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Customize the Bullet Size and Color

October 19, 2012

Customize the Bullet Size and Color in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Even though you can always change bullet styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, there may be occasions when you don't want to really change one bullet style to another -- but want to alter the bullet size to make it little smaller or bigger than the text following it. Also, possibly you need a particular color to be used for the bullets. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how you can change the size and color of the bullets.

Learn how to change the bullet size and color in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations: Conversation with Nancy Duarte

October 18, 2012

Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte has been Principal at 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. After authoring two best-selling books, Slide:ology and Resonate, Nancy announced the release of her new book, HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. In this conversation, Nancy discusses her new book.

Read the conversation here.

Steve Jobs and PowerPoint

October 18, 2012

Steve Jobs and PowerPoint

OK, this is one of those strange things in life that encounters you in a foreign country. Back in May, I was on vacation in Bangkok and ended up in a book store full of Thai computer books.

My curiosity led me to find books on PowerPoint and the most prominently displayed book in this section had Steve Jobs on the cover!

Read more here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Using Custom Textures as Fill for Text

October 18, 2012

Using Custom Textures as Fill for Text in PowerPoint 2010

When you consider using texture fills for your text, you need not limit yourself to only the default textures that PowerPoint offers. You can always explore some third party custom textures including our own Scribble Custom Textures that provide your text with an organic look, as if someone scribbled lines with a pencil to fill them! You can also try some more custom textures from our Ppted Background Texture Collection. In this tutorial you will learn how to use custom textures as fills for your text.

Learn how to use a custom texture as a fill for text in PowerPoint 2010.

Using Stock Photos and Diagrams in Business Presentations: by M. S. Ramgopal

October 17, 2012

M. S. Ramgopal

Business presentations are increasingly becoming visual. Slide decks are being used more as visual aids for audiences than as memory joggers for presenters. In this article, we explore the specific roles played by two common visual tools -viz. stock photos and diagrams in business presentations. Even though the terms "photos" and "diagrams" are quite common, the difference between the two tools is not clearly defined. So, let us take a minute to spell out the difference as we see it.

Read more in this post by M. S. Ramgopal.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Changing Bullet Styles

October 17, 2012

Changing Bullet Styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

In spite of the repeated cries about how bullets can cause "death by PowerPoint", bulleted paragraphs are still being used in PowerPoint. We won't go into whether or not you should use bulleted paragraphs in your slides -- suffice to say that too much of anything cannot be good! However most PowerPoint slide layouts are already set up with placeholders for bulleted lists (or paragraphs), so that when you start typing into a text placeholder, your text is automatically bulleted. Sometimes making some changes to the appearance of your bullets can make a difference. We show how you can change the bullet styles for your text placeholders (or text boxes) in PowerPoint 2011.

Learn how to change the bullet styles of selected text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Indezine News: October 16, 2012

October 16, 2012

Geetesh Bajaj

In this issue, you'll find our exclusive coverage on the just concluded Presentation Summit -- read about all the keynotes, and also the optional crash courses held a day before the Summit started. You also get two more PowerPoint concept slide sets this week: segmented heptagons and octagons. We then explore how you can edit your PowerPoint files using XML within Visual Studio. Read an exclusive conversation with Lisa Johnson of Brainshark about amazing new features in their SlideShark app for iPads and iPhones. There are plenty of other tutorials -- learn about text fills in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. And if you are a PowerPoint for Mac user, learn about font styles.

Read the newsletter here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Texture Fill for Text

October 16, 2012

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Texture Fill for Text

Although you can fill text with a texture in PowerPoint, the appearance of the text depends upon the texture you use, and how well it contrasts with the slide background. For reasons of readability, make sure that the texture used is not too crowded or even multicolored -- and as already stated, choose a texture that contrasts with your slide background.

Learn how to add a texture fill to the selected text in PowerPoint 2010.

Slides and Speakers: by Tom Mucciolo

October 15, 2012

Tom Mucciolo

The challenge in presentations is when the design task is separate from the delivery, making collaboration more critical. As we entered the new millennium, companies began to focus on consistency in presentations, especially for global organizations serving global markets. In fact, it was becoming increasingly clear that audiences wanted a cohesive blend of design and delivery to support a well-developed message. Too often, when the presenters of content were neither the designers of the slides, nor the developers of the underlying message, the result was an inconsistency that audiences could recognize. The lack of collaboration among creative minds creates a marketing nightmare for so many organizations who seek uniformity across media formats. The most typical example is a presentation designed by a marketing department for use by a remote sales force. The tendency is to produce wordy, busy support content to assist even the "least experienced" presenter. In turn, presenters typically "narrate" the abundant content so as to cover everything, leaving little time for stories, examples, analogies and interaction.

Read more in this post by Tom Mucciolo.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Character Spacing

October 15, 2012

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Character Spacing

When you increase or decrease the font size of text in PowerPoint, you'll discover that not only does this make a difference in the aesthetics of your slide, but the text itself uses more or less space than you may want. Sometimes, you may want the text to take just a wee bit lesser space so that all content can fit within two lines rather than three. If you want to alter the spacing between text characters, you can do so by using PowerPoint 2011's Character Spacing option that influences the appearance and readability of both Title and Body text. Character Spacing is the amount of space in-between individual letters.

Explore various Character Spacing options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Kristin Thompson at the Presentation Summit 2012

October 13, 2012

Kristin Thompson

After a photo session showing the events of the past three days, Rick handed over to Kristin Thompson, the keynote speaker for Wednesday morning. Kristin, who is based out of Portland, Oregon did a session that discusses memory power, and how it can help you get ahead in your life and career. She explained that memory as a skill is not typically something inherited by your genes, but developed using techniques. Kristin added that it's important that you remember your talk when you have to do a presentation. If you are worried about remembering your talk, or speak in the wrong order -- then you lose your confidence even before you begin your presentation.

Read more here.

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Segment Heptagon

October 13, 2012

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Segment Heptagon

As the name indicates, this Segment Heptagon graphic contains 7 equal segments. This concept slide is a part of our Segment Polygons series, which provides various segmented polygons that can enhance the impact of your presentations. This Segment Heptagon graphic can be used to illustrate a “seven-in-one” concept as in seven days of the week – or even a “one-for-seven” theme. In the example slide, we have used colorful pictures to fill all seven segments of the heptagon – try and use pictures that have a common theme to go well with your slide’s message. In this Segment Heptagon graphic, each individual segment is a separate triangle shape, and can be edited as required using PowerPoint’s shape editing options.

Download and use these slides in your presentations.

Office Themes: XML Editing in Visual Studio

October 12, 2012

Office Themes: XML Editing in Visual Studio

All the new Office file formats (post Office 2007) are XML based -- and can easily be opened and edited in an XML editing program. We already showed you how all these files are a bunch of XML files contained in a ZIP file container within our Theme XML Files tutorial. Although it is easy to unzip the files and edit some code in a basic program like Notepad, you will need a better program that does not require you to unzip and edit all the time, and then zip it up again! Thankfully there are plenty of programs that allow you to edit these Office XML files -- our favorite is Microsoft's own Visual Studio. On its own, Visual Studio cannot open and edit Office XML files -- but Microsoft provides a free add-in that plugs into Visual Studio and lets you edit the Office XML files.

Learn how XML editing is done within Visual Studio.

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