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PowerPoint and Presentation News - Issue 027

Issue 027 of PowerPoint and Presentation Stuff newsletter.

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iCreate does PowerPoint to Flash, online delivery and more.
Focus on Carte Blanche
Quick News
CorelDRAW Files: Faking Filters in PowerPoint
Insert PowerPoint in Flash Easily
Learning About Copyrights
Events and Seminars

iCreate does PowerPoint to Flash, online delivery and more

I have been working with Latitude Communications' new iCreate 2 product for a month now and my first impressions provide it with a positive verdict.

iCreate started as a PowerPoint to Flash conversion tool from Wanadu, a company that was later acquired by Latitude, the leading provider of integrated web and voice applications for the enterprise. Latitude's award-winning MeetingPlace solution that enables real-time collaborative meetings through web browsers, groupware applications and telephones (PBX, cellular as well as IP phones) is particularly well-placed to harness synergies emanating from using the iCreate product within their broad concept.

Not surprisingly, Latitude has integrated the iCreate product within its MeetingPlace framework to provide a complete value-added solution that might strengthen the already firm existence that MeetingPlace has in the web and voice conferencing market. That's all the more significant since Microsoft acquired its chief competitor PlaceWare a few months ago (PlaceWare has since been relaunched as Microsoft Office Live Meeting).

Read the complete iCreate review here.


Focus on Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche is a PowerPoint add-in from London, UK based Showcase Solutions that lets you link the colors in your PowerPoint maps and diagrams to values in a spreadsheet. Then when the spreadsheet data changes, you can update all the colors with a single click.

Martin Conradi, author of That Presentation Sensation has been my contact at Showcase Solutions. He says

Cartle Blanche can be used to look sales-by-region on a weekly basis, or housing availability or election results... It was initially developed for the housing authority of the London boroughs who were spending about 10 hours a week recoloring maps based on various parameters; it now takes them about 10 seconds. You can even use it to play poker dice, using 5 shapes and a random number generator.

You can download a 30 day trial of the product from the Showcase Solutions site. Learn more.


Quick News

Microsoft has updated its Microsoft Office X for the Mac suite - their Macintosh Business Unit announced three new editions of Office X for Mac at new prices. The latest Mac product offerings include Office v. X for Mac Professional Edition, Office v. X for Mac Student and Teacher Edition, and Office v. X for Mac Standard Edition. Along with the new Office v. X products, the Mac BU announced that Virtual PC for Mac is now shipping under the Microsoft brand. Learn more.

CrystalGraphics has extended its SuperSaver Combo 4 offer until September 12th, 2003. The collection comprises 3D Titles, Transitions, Templates, Music and PowerPictures for US$299. That is over 50% off the price of buying the same products separately. More info.

PowerPoint Live, being held at Tucson AZ from October 12 to 15, 2003 is a three-day event that includes seminars, workshops, hands-on technical support and keynote addresses covering virtually every topic of interest to the PowerPoint user community. More info.

Canto Cumulus is among the world's best known digital asset management (DAM) tools. So, what is DAM? DAM involves cataloging, access and retrieval of digital media assets. Such media assets could be pictures, sounds, movies, documents and even presentations. Read more.

Indezine has a new article on creating TIF files in Photoshop with alpha channels that can be used within PowerPoint. Learn more.

You can now syndicate content from Indezine for free to mirror at your site or use in any other mutually acceptable way - Learn more.


CorelDRAW Files: Faking Filters in PowerPoint

Microsoft Office imports CorelDRAW files only upto CorelDRAW version 5 - if you have an illustration, logo or drawing from a newer CorelDRAW version, here's a tip that can help. You'll need to have Jasc's Paint Shop Pro installed.

Here's how it works:

  1. PowerPoint's native CDR import accepts CorelDRAW version 5 files - the import filter is called Cdrimp32.flt and is located in the Program Files/Common Files/Microsoft Shared/GrphFlt/ folder. Just rename Cdrimp32.flt to Cdrimp32.bak.
  2. Then copy Paint Shop Pro's CDR import filter (it's in the same folder as Paint Shop Pro's executable and is called Cdr32.flt) and paste it in Program Files/Common Files/Microsoft Shared/GrphFlt/
  3. Rename Cdr32.flt to Cdrimp32.flt.
  4. Import a CorelDRAW drawing into PowerPoint - you'll find that you can import version 8 drawings!

Insert Flash in PowerPoint Easily

These tools allow you to insert Flash content inside PowerPoint using a menu command.

Free Tools

  • rChart (link no longer exists) puts the insert Flash capability in its trial version - and you can insert any Flash file - the trial for its insert Flash routine never expires.
  • SWF Point Player even include a free Flash player.
  • Download the free iCreate add-in (link no longer exists) and it will insert Flash content for free.

Commercial Tools

  • NETGUI's PowerFlash (link no longer exists) inserts Flash into PowerPoint for $19.95 - it also includes 200 SWF animations.
  • Shyam's Toolbox inserts Flash files into PowerPoint and does so much more at $49.95

Learning about Copyrights

Dave Paradi has authored an article for Indezine on using copyrighted content in your presentation.

Many presenters use copyrighted material in their presentations, but not everyone understands how to use it properly. This overview is intended to help you identify when you may want to seek more advice on using a copyrighted piece of work. This is not intended to be a legal opinion and you are advised to seek your own legal opinion before you proceed in these areas. Having said that (for legal disclaimer purposes), here are some areas to keep in mind.

Read this overview by Dave Paradi.


Events & Seminars

Winning Presentations Seminar
September 24 and 25, 2003
Boston, USA
Claudyne Wilder, Wilder Presentations

PowerPoint Live
October 12 to 15, 2003
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Rick Altman, R Altman Digital Consulting
PPT Live



During the preparation of this issue of the PowerPoint Ezine, I received assistance, content or feedback from Dave Paradi, Lora Lee, Martin Conradi, Michael Kaye and TAJ Simmons (all in alphabetical order). I would like to use this platform to thank them for their help.


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