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PowerPoint and Presentation News - Issue 059

Issue 059 of PowerPoint and Presentation Stuff newsletter.

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Winners and Giveaways

Indezine Photos (link no longer exists) is again giving away a new photo for you to use in your presentations.

And now for more goodies. Ppted is giving away five copies of their Marbled Magic collection of PowerPoint templates—all you need to do is fill in this form. Mention "Marbled Magic" in the Comments field. The sweepstakes ends on July 25th, 2005.

About the winners of the last ezine's giveaway TechSmith Camtasia Studio 3 are Al Walker and Art Gianfermo. Congratulations to both of you.

Here are some new articles and happenings: just released their Vacation collection of PowerPoint templates. The designs are so versatile that you could use them anywhere. Take a look here.


Macromedia has announced a close integration of their Breeze and Captivate products enabling one-click publishing and full tracking of engaging interactive training simulations within Breeze virtual classes and self-paced training courses. Together, Captivate and Breeze can increase the effectiveness and efficiency of software skills instruction, corporate software rollouts, and help-desk applications. More info can be found on the Macromedia site.

PowerPoint Live Sweepstakes

Entering its third season, PowerPoint Live has become the premier event of the season for presentation professionals, with seminars, workshops, hands-on technical support, inspiring keynote addresses, and wonderful networking and social events. The links on the right offer all of the delicious details.

And a reader of Indezine might get to attend on our dime. Just use the entry form here (link no longer exists), and if you are our winner, we will fly you to the conference and waive the registration fee. You must enter by Friday, August 5 2005.

Focus on Ontra Presentations

James Ontra James Ontra is the Co-Founder & CEO of Ontra Presentations, LLC., a New York based company that creates Ontra Presentations. A presentation software that allows users to assemble multimedia sales presentations.

In 1999, James engineered a spinout that created Iguana Interactive, Inc., a multimedia presentation software company with Mercedes Benz, the NBA, American Express, Monsanto and AOL as clients. In 2002, James acquired the software and intellectual property rights from Iguana Interactive; co-founded Ontra Presentations with his sister, AlexAnndra Ontra; and set out to make high end multimedia sales presentation software.

Geetesh: Tell us more about yourself and Ontra Presentations.

James: Ontra Presentations makes presentation software to meet the demands of wide array of marketing and sales teams. Ontra Presentation software allows any user to build a library of slides that incorporate large files like video, animation and high resolution images in a presentation without causing chugging, crashing or delays on the PC . Another Ontra benefit is the ability to network a presentation so that users can synchronize updated content in real time, with one mouse click.

I founded the company with my sister, AlexAnndra Ontra. We developed the software according to the specifications required by our clients. Ontra clients include media giants such as NBC, ABC, FOX, and Warner Bros . They use the presentation software for program and advertising sales.

Ontra has passed the test and now, the company product and services are ready for mass market use.

Geetesh: How do you see Ontra Presentations placed in a PowerPoint centric world.

James: Ontra presentation software works with PowerPoint since it is the industry standard. One can either import a PPT presentation directly into Ontra, then add video, images and other large data files; or PPT can be launched from Ontra while a presentation is running. The Ontra Editor is built with Microsoft's .NET platform, so the Ontra software looks, feels and acts like Microsoft Office products. This helps new users to quickly adopt the software.

Geetesh: Can PowerPoint users benefit from your product without a total migration. Tell us more.

James: Yes, Ontra actually embraces PPT and can be used to manage multiple PPT presentations simultaneously. For example, one slide in Ontra can link out to many different PPT files, depending on how many links the user wants. This feature is very effective for conferences with many speakers.

During one conference with 32 different speakers each with their own PowerPoint , Ontra was given the thirty-two separate PowerPoint presentations on a Monday afternoon. We helped them load those thirty two files into the Ontra Presentation software and added several animations designed to play during the intermission and breaks. By 8am Tuesday, all of the presentations were ready to play and the entire conference was managed through one Ontra Presentation file.

Adrian Doyle and the new Perspector

Adrian Doyle Adrian Doyle heads Visual Exemplars Ltd, a UK based company that creates Perspector, the popular 3D add-in for PowerPoint.

Geetesh: Tell us about the new version update of Perspector.

Adrian: You know the problem, new software—how do you use it. First you had to know to run PowerPoint, second you had to locate the toolbars. Not always obvious. With Perspector 2.3, we introduce the "Perspector Panel". This is an incredibly helpful area with links to a tour (shows how easy it is to create stunning presentations with Perspector), access to a library of 3D images and access to the help guides. Couldn't be easier.

How to design 3D images from scratch? It's hard enough to be creative in PowerPoint as it is, hence my bugbear of presentations filled with endless bullet points with a bit of clip art thrown in. In Perspector 2.3, we get around this by offering a library of prebuilt 3D slides. You just select the slide you want and edit in your text. If bullet points are what you like, you can place them in pyramids, cubes or many other interesting formats! But even more exciting, you can combine these images to create simple 3D slides that convey powerful messages. And all the hard work is done for you.

Geetesh: What's your favorite new feature, or tell us a quick trick that can be done with the new version?

Adrian: The Perspector Panel and the Library. This means anyone can create a presentation using 3D imagery straight away. In my opinion, it's what makes Perspector work. Also, people with the trial version can now try the features not only of the Standard Edition, but also of the Professional Edition.

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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