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PowerPoint and Presentation News - Issue 056

Issue 056 of PowerPoint and Presentation Stuff newsletter.

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Here, the first splashes of rain are starting to break the summer and it seems like time to celebrate the seasons. A good start is the launch of the Good Earth collection of PowerPoint templates—preview the entire series!

Winners and Giveaways

This ezine issue is coming out earlier since I'm leaving for a vacation, and I have had no time to announce the winners of the MessagePoint giveaway announced in the last ezine. So that will have to wait until the next ezine issue, and I promise to share some vacation pictures with all of you! About where I am headed, you'll have to wait to know.

Meanwhile, here's something more to make that wait more worthwhile! I'm extending the MessagePoint Professional Edition giveaway until June 16th and all winners will also get a free copy of my Urban Textures series of PowerPoint templates!

So what are you waiting for? To take part in this giveaway just fill in this form. Mention "MessagePoint" in the Comments field, the sweepstakes ends on June 16th, 2005.

Here are some new articles and happenings:

Infommersion announced the Xcelsius|XL and Xcelsius|Enterprise XE product lines with several new features including 50 new components. Xcelsius makes great charts. See how I used them here.

Check out how PowerPoint MVP Glenna Shaw created something for Cinderella's household with Xcelsius.

And here's more info about the Xcelsius line.

Focus on Clearengine

Clearengine is a product from the company of the same name that can convert your PowerPoint presentations to on-demand webcasts and webinars.

To know more about the company and the concept, here's a small interview with Paul Bzeta, President & CEO of Clearengine Corp.

Geetesh: Tell us more about Clearenngine, the company and the product.

Paul: Clearengine is a powerful do-it-yourself service that you can use to day to create compelling on-demand web presentations direct from your desk. All without software, hardware or training. You only need a telephone and a web browser. It's very easy to use, and for busy professionals, there's nothing easier that gets results so quickly. Sales and marketing professionals use Clearengine to increase lead generation, qualify prospects and improve response to collateral material. HR and training professionals use Clearengine to ramp up new employees faster and provide timely training to remote employees. Think of Clearengine in terms of 3 main offerings. One, creating on-demand rich media presentations. Two, those managing presentations and third, tracking the presentations. For creating the on-demand presentations, you simply follow a 6-step wizard to create a presentation. It's so simple. For managing your presentation, you can take it offline to your viewers at anytime (put it on hold), change the activation dates, password protect it, email the link to whomever you wish and edit the presentation anytime. Finally track your presentation. See who watched your presentation, when and how many times it’s been viewed.

Geetesh: How does Clearengine provide the next logical solution to presenters who want to reach out to their audiences online. And how is Clearengine better equipped than other providers in this area?

Paul: Clearengine stands apart from competitors because of its ability to create 'just-in-time' learning and sales presentations. I mean this is a very fast growing area. Learning you can access and sales presentations you can view when you need it without having to wait. Clearengine is very simple to use and so you can quickly create rich on-demand content and deliver it to who wants it. No software is required to view your presentation and no software required to author (unlike our competition who sell desktop software or you must download and install software). We also have automated PowerPoint slide conversion to web-ready Flash format, we have a high level of client branding, the presentations are trackable—including real time notification of viewing and there's no training required. Here's a key difference between Clearengine and live web conferencing: Clearengine allows learners or viewers to select parts of the presentation or seminar that they need to know. You don't have to sit through the entire presentation waiting. You watch the sales presentation or training seminar when it's best for you. So it's different. It's not competitive to live events, we see Clearengine as being complementary.

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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