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PowerPoint and Presentation News - Issue 030

Issue 030 of PowerPoint and Presentation Stuff newsletter.

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Office 2003 Launched
PowerPoint to EXE
PowerPoint Live
Quick News
SecurePack 2
PowerPoint Classroom Links

Office 2003 Launched

Microsoft launched the Office 2003 System suite of products on October 21st at New York, USA.

Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates' keynote at the launch event started with "Today, we are introducing more software products on a single day than any day in our history...." You can hear an on-demand webcast of the New York launch event here.

Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates delivering his keynote at the Office 2003 System launch event at New York on October 21st, 2003
Picture courtesy Echo Swinford

Microsoft has used the Great Moments at Work theme to promote the Office 2003 System product - you'll find more info here.

In addition, Microsoft is making trial versions of various Office 2003 programs and compilations available on CD for the cost of shipping - this offer is open worldwide.


PowerPoint to EXE

PowerPoint 2003 includes the new Package for CD feature, which we'll use with a cool and undocumented Windows utility to create a standalone EXE file from PowerPoint 2003 presentations that can play on any system with Windows 98 SE or higher installed.

I need to add that this technique uses the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer and thus inherits all its abilities and limitations - for instance, it doesn't support OLE or the use of Action Settings | Run Program procedures.

Having said that, this technique outputs much more than a standalone EXE. Other benefits it offers include email, protection, ease of use for the end user, nothing permanently installed, etc.

Learn the technique here.


PowerPoint Live 2003 Concludes

PowerPoint Live, the premier event for PowerPoint users just concluded successfully from October 12th to 15th at Tucson, Arizona, USA. An amazing amalgamation of PowerPoint users and experts, coupled with vendors and sponsors assured that the event made the news everywhere.

Rick Altman, who spearheaded the event announced that PowerPoint Live would be held again next year in October at San Diego, California, USA. The event site should be updated to reflect the upcoming event soon - watch this space and I'll keep you posted!


Quick News

Microsoft announced the release of the final version of Producer 2003 on October 20th, 2003. This free standalone add-in for PowerPoint 2003 makes it easy for anyone to communicate effectively by combining PowerPoint presentations with audio and video to create rich-media presentations that can be viewed on demand via a web browser. Learn more (link no longer exists)

LexisNexis, a leading provider of legal, news and business information services, today announced it would provide free legal research to users of Microsoft Office 2003 System. LexisNexis will provide a legal research option on Microsoft Corporation’s new Research Task Pane featured in Word 2003, Excel 2003 and PowerPoint 2003. More info.

Microsoft has announced a free update to its Plus! Digital Media Edition enhancement pack for Windows XP. The new v1.1 update includes brand-new features and enhancements for two of the most popular features of Microsoft Plus! DME, including the new Plus! Photo Story 2 with Video CD burning and more Plus! Dancers. More info and download options here.

Hemera announced the launch of their BizArt product, which is an extensive image collection specifically designed to meet the visual needs of business professionals. Featuring over 56,000 high-quality images on CD and DVD including stock photos, vector clip art and Photo-Objects, BizArt is oriented towards a business user who needs to complement web sites, marketing collateral and presentations. More info.

Macromedia launched Breeze Live, a distinctly different application than its Breeze online rich media converter product. Breeze Live is a web-conferencing product that competes with the likes of Microsoft Office Live Meeting, WebEx Communications and MeetingPlace. Learn more.


SecurePack 2 Launched

Shyam Pillai and Chirag Dalal announced the immediate availability of SecurePack 2, a new version of their PowerPoint add-in that packages PowerPoint presentations into secure EXE files. New abilities include:

  • Pack multiple presentations with linked files and the Microsoft Viewer to create a single protected standalone executable.
  • Embed or include the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer in the packed show.
  • You can control whether to use PowerPoint on the target system, if present or to enforce the usage of the viewer.
  • Expire the show after a certain date.
  • Run other show after expiry, ideal to display contact information after expiry instead of a system message.
  • Compress the contents of the packed show.

Shyam adds that "...we are embedding the old Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer since it works on all systems. We are testing the support for new PowerPoint 2003 Viewer currently. All users of version 2.0 will get a free upgrade when we release it with the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer support. Users of version 1.0 can upgrade for $40." Thank you, Shyam.

For more info, visit the SecurePack website.


PowerPoint Classroom Links

Education World has a technology article titled PowerPoint - Creating Classroom Presentations.

Electric Teacher has project ideas and tutorials for PowerPoint usage in the classroom.

Dr. Alice Christie maintains a great page with many more links to PowerPoint use in a classroom.

Patrick Crispen offers classroom Internet presentations using PowerPoint.


Events & Seminars

PowerPoint Live
October 10 to 13, 2004
San Diego, California, 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 Deepak Gulati, Echo Swinford, Rick Altman and Shyam Pillai (all in alphabetical order). I would like to use this platform to thank them for their help.


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