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PowerPoint and Presentation News - Issue 054

Issue 054 of PowerPoint and Presentation Stuff newsletter.

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Winners and Giveaways

The winners of the last ezine issue's FLW inspired PowerPoint Templates sweepstakes are Christian Krogh (Denmark), Douglas Jones (United States), Lori Brown (United States) and Victoria Leavitt (United States) - congratulations to all of you.

This time, Steve Hards of Visual Exemplars is offering four copies of Perspector, their cool 3D add-in for PowerPoint. To enter the sweepstakes, just fill in this form. Mention "Perspector" in the Comments field - the sweepstakes ends on March 12th, 2005.

Here are some new articles and happenings:

Glenna Shaw teaches you how you can storyboard a PowerPoint presentation to DVD.

Focus on FogScreen

FogScreen is one of those amazing concepts that seems like magic but is entrenched in science. FogScreen is from the company of the same name based in Finland.

FogScreen imitates a conventional projection screen with fog. The dry fog used in FogScreen is made from pure tap water with no chemicals. The fog feels dry and cool to the touch. The level of fog is adjustable. Using a very thin fog the screen becomes transparent, so only the projected images show. This way you can create a true illusion of images appearing and floating in the air. If more fog is used, FogScreen reminds a conventional white screen. The screen is easily switched on and off in seconds. A mild airflow coming down from the fog unit regenerates the screen continuously.

Here's a mini-interview with Mika Herpiö of FogScreen Inc.

Tell us more about the "revolutionary" aspect in FogScreen.

The revolutionary aspect is that FogScreen is the first time high quality pictures can be shown in mid-air. First time human beings can walk through real images. It is also the first time you can write and draw in the air. At the same time we have created an immaterial user interface.

Would you consider FogScreen to become a mainstream product - give me your reasons.

I believe FogScreen will become a high end mainstream product. In private homes you can place FogScreen in the middle of your living room where you normally have to walk through, project two different TV programs of the two sides. When you don't watch TV, the screen disappears.

More information on the FogScreen site.

The Pete McChrystal Interview

Pete McChrystal Pete McChrystal is the founder and CEO of Accent Technologies. During the early years, Accent’s focus was on high-end presentation development and management services for corporate clients. Today, Accent's Presentation Librarian is used by many Global 2000 companies to manage and distribute documents and presentation materials to global offices and mobile sale forces. Read the full interview

Here are some excerpts:

How can a typical PowerPoint user benefit from cataloging presentation and other visual content. How is Accent Technologies placed in the presentation cataloging market.

Just about all organizations use PowerPoint presentations to report, sell, train, or disseminate information. Often, the content found in PowerPoint slides is the most up to date and accurate information available to an organization. Yet, these materials are often stored in a disorganized or even haphazard manner—-spread across individual computers and servers. For users, it’s very difficult to leverage this knowledge when it is not easily accessible. We have focused nearly a decade of development effort in bringing solutions for users that make them more productive with presentation assets (PowerPoint and the rich-media content often used in presentations).

Accent entered the presentation management market very early. Today, we're extending our technology into many advanced features that enable much more efficiency in managing presentation and rich-media assets. As an example, we’ve recently implemented a capability that automatically senses and tracks rich-media files used in PowerPoint slides. The system auto-senses linked media files and imports them into the library along with the PowerPoint files. When users select a slide with linked media they can choose whether or not to include the media file with their downloaded slide. Features like rich-media life cycle tracking make the administrative team’s job much easier and improve the service level to the end user.

Can you share some case studies involving use of your products and solutions?

Yes, absolutely. Let me provide some variety here to give a good perspective. In terms of presentation management, Citigroup Asset Management is a good example. They use Librarian to share presentation content between their London, New York and Tokyo offices. They are currently in the process of upgrading to our ADM platform to further enhance their collaboration capabilities.

Pfizer is another good example. Five or six different business groups at Pfizer use our ADM solution for a number of different purposes. Their business development group uses it to coordinate and disseminate sales and marketing literature worldwide. Their corporate affairs group uses it to manage and distribute policy and legal guidance. Pfizer is now considering deploying Librarian on an enterprise basis.

Avaya is using our solution in a sales and marketing support role. This is very typical use of our technology. They use Librarian to allow sales team members quickly create tailored presentations and brochures for customers, and see Librarian as a significant competitive advantage.

Read the full interview.

End Note

More PowerPoint related info on the PowerPoint Blog and PowerPoint Notes. And PowerPoint templates for all of you.

Until next time - have a nice day. And keep the feedback coming.


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