PowerPoint: Tutorials, Articles, and Conversations with Presentation Experts
January 13, 2021
Do you want to add a degree symbol on your slide? Or do you want to add one of the currency symbols? Or even the trademark or copyright symbols? PowerPoint provides several ways to add such symbols, but the most straightforward option is to use the Symbol dialog box. Let us now explore how you can add symbols within your text containers in PowerPoint 2019 for Mac.
January 12, 2021
Do you want to add a degree symbol on your slide? Or do you want to add one of the currency symbols? Or even the trademark or copyright symbols? PowerPoint provides several ways to add such symbols, but the most straightforward option is to use the Symbol dialog box. Let us now explore how you can add symbols within your text containers in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.
January 4, 2021
In previous tutorials, we looked at getting started with the Synology DS920+. We also explored how you can start and shut down your Synology NAS. However, to make those posts concise, we never looked at setting up a new Synology NAS. We remedy that situation in this post on setting up the Synology DS920+ NAS.
December 29, 2020
We begin by looking at how you can easily convert a PowerPoint line to a Motion Path animation, thanks to Jamie Garroch, who has added this new capability in BrightSlide, the free add-in from his company, BrightCarbon. We next look at how you can give an excellent technical business presentation, with some great input from Bob Ferguson of Toastmasters International. We then talk with Tom Howell and Marcella Cheng from Australia's Synapsis Creative, a design agency that created an amazing Christmas game that you can still play within PowerPoint!
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can explore aligning and distributing pictures on a slide. We also bring you quotes, press releases, and templates from the last few days.
December 24, 2020
You must pay attention to the position and alignment of slide objects on your PowerPoint slide, be it shapes or even the many inserted pictures. In this tutorial, let's learn how to align and distribute pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.
December 22, 2020
Jamie Garroch is a Technical Consultant at BrightCarbon, the specialist presentation and eLearning agency. He develops PowerPoint automation solutions and add-ins that enable presentation authors to work smarter. He also trains people to present more effectively using visuals and animated scenes that explain and reinforce key messages, which is supported by free resources and tips at their site. In this conversation, Jamie talks about the new option within the BrightSlide add-in for PowerPoint to convert a PowerPoint line or even an Illustrator curve to a Motion Path animation in PowerPoint.
December 21, 2020
Founder and creative director at Synapsis Creative, Tom Howell has spent over a decade reshaping the way people use and view PowerPoint – using this underappreciated software to produce content for all platforms and audiences. In this interview, Tom Howell and Marcella Cheng talk about Someone’s Sabotaged Santa’s Sleigh 2, the game created and played entirely using PowerPoint.
December 16, 2020
Many businesses depend on their technical experts. However, problems can arise when these experts have to give presentations or communicate with people without their technical background. This communication issue arises at internal meetings with colleagues and also externally at client meetings if, for example, they are speaking at conferences with audiences who are not industry insiders. With the increase in video conferencing and remote working, it has become even more important to ensure your technical content is delivered in an engaging and concise manner.
December 15, 2020
We first look at NXPowerLite Desktop 9, the new version of a PowerPoint file compression program that also works with other Microsoft Office programs and image formats. Mike Power discusses the new features. We also focus on another updated product: iSpring Suite Max that lets you create eLearning content from within PowerPoint. Slava Uskov from iSpring Solutions talks about new features and why delivering content virtually is so important today.
We also bring you quotes, press releases, and templates from the last few days.
December 3, 2020
Slava Uskov is VP of Product Development at iSpring Solutions, an eLearning software company. Together with his team, he defines the product strategy and roadmap, conducts thorough market and customer research, and decides on new features based on actual user needs. In today’s conversation, Slava talks about the new iSpring Suite Max.
December 2, 2020
Mike Power owns and runs Neuxpower, the company behind the popular compression software NXPowerLite, WeCompress, and now Slidewise, a PowerPoint font and media add-in. He has been running Neuxpower for more than 20 years, which makes him feel a tiny bit old. Although he generally has a company to run, he loves nothing more than getting stuck into designing software. He’s particularly fussy (some might say meticulous) about ensuring that Neuxpower retains a focus on simple, unfussy software that just gets the job done. In this conversation, Mike talks about the new NXPowerLite Desktop 9.
December 1, 2020
We begin by exploring how PowerPoint is different from Word or Excel because this understanding is so important if you want to create slides that are distinctively different than the text-heavy ones we see all the time. We then feature the best microphones to use with PowerPoint and also for online calls. We also look at how you can start and shut down your Synology NAS device.
Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates from the last few days.
November 24, 2020
Typically, NAS devices such as the ones from Synology are meant to be running all the time, but there may be times you want to shut them down. You may want to add a new HDD or add RAM, or you may just want to shut it down.
November 17, 2020
We first look at presentation management as part of our ongoing series. This time, we explore social engagement, reporting, and updating of presentations. For many people who now have to join online meetings, the worries created are rather more than the usual jitters. A screen sits between you and the people you are speaking to. Kellie McCord of Toastmasters explains in her post that "rather than seeing it as a barrier, I like to remember that if our eyes are windows to our souls, then a screen is a window into someone’s world." Next, we feature Kurt Dupont, who discusses BreakPoint, a new, free add-in for PowerPoint that lets you add countdowns, live clocks, weather information, and more in your slides. We also bring you a review of Synology's new DS920+ NAS device.
For users of PowerPoint 2019 for Windows, we explore the Share Tab of Backstage View. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates from the last few days.
November 11, 2020
There has to be a better option, and many of my business associates have recommended a more capable NAS solution such as the ones provided by Synology. So, when Synology contacted me to do a review of one of their newest NAS, I thought I could hit two birds with one stone. I could play with the Synology NAS solution and also get my backups in order.
November 9, 2020
In the last part of this Presentation Management series of posts, we explored sharing and presenting options. In this part, we look at the last three aspects of a presentation’s life cycle: social engagement, reporting, and updating.