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PowerPoint and Presentation News - Issue 074

Issue 074 of PowerPoint and Presentation Stuff newsletter.

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Product/Version: PowerPoint

Giveaways and More

This time, Balesio is giving away 10 copies of PPTminimizer3.0, a program that optimizes PowerPoint files. This new version also supports PowerPoint 2007 and Windows Vista. To win, all you need to do is fill in this form. This giveaway ends on July 30th.

Wildform is giving away 3 copies of WildPresenter 3, their capture and PowerPoint to Flash converter program. To win, all you need to do is fill in this form. This giveaway also ends on July 30th.

And Ppted is giving away ten copies of their Roads collection of PowerPoint templates. To win, all you need to do is fill in this form. This giveaway also ends on July 30th.

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You can see the names of last ezine's giveaway winners here.

Congratulations to all the winners!

New Site: AbsolutePPT

AbsolutePPT is a new site about distributing your PowerPoints in all possible ways. Be it through a streaming movie, or a DVD, or even any other way, if it concerns PowerPoint distribution, you can find it here.

It's still evolving -- but do take a look, and send your feedback.

Learning PowerPoint

In our continuous Learning PowerPoint section, here are some more basic tutorials:

Chart Objects in PowerPoint explores each individual chart object -- before that, we'll show you how you can select these chart objects individually.

Although it's easy to add reflection effects in PowerPoint 2007, there is a less obvious way of recreating a similar reflection effect in earlier versions of PowerPoint as well. Sandra Johnson shows you how.

Many users tend to buy another program just to rip their CD tracks to use them in a PowerPoint presentation.

Rip CD Tracks - In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can convert audio CD tracks to WAV, MP3, and WMA files using nothing apart from the free copy of Windows Media Player that's included with every copy of Windows XP and Vista.

Mike Pearce teaches social studies at Ellison High School in the Killeen Independent School District in Texas, USA. But Mike is not just another teacher -- he uses PowerPoint presentations to deliver a successful teaching system that has shown a phenomenal improvement in the results and passing rates.

If you have mastered PowerPoint, you may wonder why you should bother converting your PowerPoint presentation to Flash. After all, most people in companies probably have PowerPoint installed on their computers... Colby Devitt of Wildform explains more.

News and Happenings

Read reviews

  • PointClips are visuals created within PowerPoint itself -- using PowerPoint's own drawing tools!
  • PowerShrink 2007 is a PowerPoint compression product from TopByteLabs Computing.
  • Design trends change in an attempt to create more contemporary looks. One of the newest such PowerPoint template collections is Volume 5 of the well known PowerFinish collection.
  • Impatica 4 for PowerPoint takes your PowerPoint presentations, converts them to the Impatica formats that can be as small as 95% of the original file sizes.
  • Canon has made quite a buzz with their new line of REALiS projectors.
  • ConceptDraw MINDMAP 5 can help you create the outline of your next PowerPoint presentation more effectively
  • PPTmovie creates movies from your PowerPoint presentations.
  • PPTminimizer 3 helps you squeeze PowerPoint file sizes.
  • CrystalGraphics' PowerPlugs annual subscription of PowerPoint templates allows you to choose from their large template collection for a fixed price.
  • Cinematize 2.03 is the newest Windows Vista compatible version of the product that allows you to extract audio and video clips off DVDs.
  • PowerPoint Recovery can help when the presentation that you have been working on for more than a month refuses to open.
  • ALLCapture 2 makes recording and output of such videos even easy.

Read interviews

  • Ellen Finkelstein is the author of How To Do Everything with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and the upcoming PowerPoint for Teachers: Dynamic Presentations and Interactive Classroom Projects.
  • Terry Irwin is a consultant surgeon in Belfast, Northern Ireland working for the National Health Service (NHS). Terry is also a long time PowerPoint user and co-author of a book on PowerPoint geared towards the designing of medical presentations.
  • Carmine Gallo is a communications coach for the world's most admired brands. Gallo writes a bi-weekly column on the subject of business communications for and he is the author of two books aimed at business professionals who want to become better speakers and presenters.
  • Tom Mucciolo is president of MediaNet, and a recognized industry expert in visual communications, business presentations and leadership skills. He has served as a skills consultant for major corporations since 1985, concentrating on the script, visuals, and delivery associated with presentations, especially electronic events.

Read book excerpts

Read conversations

  • Mark Sicignano has been developing software for over 20 years. In addition to creating ScreenShot Direct he is also a co-founder of SoftwareTime which creates software tools that encourage children to use the computer wisely.
  • Claudyne Wilder is guest lecturer at conferences, business shows and corporate events. She is the creator of three presentation seminars.
  • Colby Devitt is the president and co-founder of Wildform, a multimedia software company based out of Los Angeles, USA.
  • Ted Thayer whips up cool PowerPoint presentations with amazing animations. He's 14 years old, but that did not stop him from taking part in iFilm's Best PowerPoint Moment contest and becoming one of the winners.
  • Sandra Johnson has devoted the past 6 years of her career to PowerPoint presentation design and delivery. Sandra helps clients leverage this powerful Microsoft tool as a sophisticated and dynamic component of their marketing mix.
  • Olivier Gryson is the Internet Project Director at Servier International, an independent pharmaceutical company based in France. Their medical art is an offshoot of their existing business which they offer as free downloads for non-commercial use.

Read blog posts

  • PowerPoint turns 20 - One of the most elegant, most influential and most groaned-about pieces of software in the history of computers is 20 years old. There won't be a lot of birthday celebrations for PowerPoint; the program is one the world loves to mock almost as much as it loves to use.
  • Design Science has released a new version of MathType, their mathematical notation tool.
  • Microsoft's MacBU division confirmed that they will release beta 2 of the much awaited Office 2007 file format converters with "a significant Word refresh and the addition of PowerPoint (.pptx).
  • Under the name Sun ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office, Sun has released its import/export filter for the OpenDocument format (ODF).
  • Google's GMail email service now allows you to preview the PowerPoint slides you receive as an attachment without downloading them at all.

New Design Collections from Ppted

These three collections have extras: wide screen backgrounds and templates, 4 coordinated color schemes in each template, and 10 coordinated, transparent PNGs that you can use in any presentation. And we are not increasing the price for a while -- so get them now!

End Note

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

And here's a link to the previous issue of this newsletter.

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


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