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  Wednesday, February 24, 2010 – Permalink –

One-Slide Timer

Easy tip


You can use this before a show, or when you take a break.

PowerPoint: A Codeless One-Slide Timer




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  Tuesday, February 02, 2010 – Permalink –

Office Training

Suggestions

TechRepublic lists a number of areas that you might explore when training is needed for a new Office version.

Here are a few:

  • LINKS TO TIP SHEETS AND ARTICLES
    "Instead of telling your users to go out to Microsoft.com and do a search, put hyperlinks to the printer-friendly version of tip sheets and articles on your company’s main portal page. Providing links to information you know they need will help you cover the training bases. And presenting the links on an internal web site they already use will show your users that it’s okay to go outside of their four firewalls to learn something new. Include your favorite hyperlink in your signature line so it goes out in every e-mail you send."
  • ONLINE TRAINING
  • E-LEARNING
  • WEBCASTS
  • VIRTUAL TRAINING
  • MULTILINGUAL SCREENTIPS AND TRANSLATIONS
  • COMMAND REFERENCE GUIDES
  • OFFICE ONLINE AT WORK
10 ways to train your users on Office 2007 for free




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  Saturday, January 23, 2010 – Permalink –

Presentation Help

Start with the end in mind


"Before you even open up PowerPoint, sit down and really think about the day of your presentation. What is the real purpose of your talk? Why is it that you were ask to speak? What does the audience expect? In your opinion, what are the most important parts of your topic for the audience to take away from your, say, 50-minute presentation?


Remember, even if you've been asked to share information, rarely is the mere transfer of information a satisfactory objective from the point of view of the audience. After all, the audience could always just read your book (or article, handout, etc.) if information transfer were the only purpose of the meeting, seminar, or formal presentation."

Garr Reynolds has more tips on presentations, delivery, and slide design:


GarrReynolds.com




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  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 – Permalink –

Movie Mechanics

How to make it work


Here are four ways to do it:

Method 1:

Insert a movie from a file
To insert a movie into a PowerPoint presentation, use the Movie from File option on the Insert menu. If the presentation is located anywhere in the file path at which the movie file is located, PowerPoint stores the movie file as a relative path in the presentation. If the presentation is not located at the path at which the movie file is stored, PowerPoint stores the movie file as an absolute path in the presentation


Method 2:

Insert a movie file as an object
When you insert a movie as an object, PowerPoint is not involved in the process. The process occurs in Microsoft Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player has a set of APIs that PowerPoint 2003 uses primarily for movie playback. Windows Media Player keeps its own set of codecs. And, it uses the Windows registry file types to determine which format and codec to use. Windows Media Player looks for a codec signature in the file and then matches the codec that it finds. If Windows Media Player cannot find an appropriate codec, it searches the Web for a valid codec.

Method 3:

Use the Wmp.ppa add-in
By default, when you use the Wmp.ppa add-in to insert a movie file into a PowerPoint presentation, PowerPoint stores the movie file as an absolute path in the presentation. If the movie file is not in the absolute path, the movie does not play. The add-in also contains an option that you can use to copy the movie file into the same folder as the presentation. When you use this option, PowerPoint stores the movie file as a relative path in the presentation. When you play the movie file in the presentation, PowerPoint looks for the presentation in the folder that is defined when the presentation is created. If the movie file is not in that folder, the movie will not play.

We do not recommend that you use this add-in if you are using PowerPoint 2003. PowerPoint 2003 uses Windows Media Player to play most movies.


Method 4:

Insert the movie as a package
You can insert a movie file as a package in a PowerPoint presentation. To do this, follow these steps:

1. On the Insert menu, click Object.
2. Click Create new, and then click Package under Object type.

When you insert a movie as a package in a PowerPoint presentation, the movie file is kept inside a package that is embedded in the presentation. If you move the presentation to another location, the package is also moved to this location.

You'll find all the details at:

Support.microsoft.com
Insert a Movie in PowerPoint

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  Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – Permalink –

PPT Secrets No More

Tutorials and downloads


Here's an exceptional collection of animation techniques as well as sample file you can use to emulate their brilliance.
  • The Power Of "Ping"

  • Let The Good Times Roll

  • 4 Picture Animations

  • Master Linking Presentation

  • Formatting Best-Practices

  • Stars Wars Style Credits

  • Animation Sample

  • Scrolling Credits

  • Movie Across Slides

  • "PPTLive" Animation Tutorial

  • Motion Paths
TLC Creative Services:
 PPT Tutorials




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  Saturday, October 03, 2009 – Permalink –

Clean Up Your Presentation

Design suggestions



Julie Terberg is a contributing editor for Presentations Magazine.
There are a number of PDF copies of her columns, plus PowerPoint shows that can be downloaded at Terbergdesign.com

Some topics discussed include PNG format, exploring print options, animation tools, and bringing a company logo to life.




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  Friday, September 11, 2009 – Permalink –

AutoShapes

Drawing bar objects



Kim Hedrich has put together a series of basic articles on AutoShapes for TechTrax.

AutoShapesPart 1 - How to draw circles, ovals, squares and rectangles; also modifying fill and line colour

AutoShapes Part 2 - Fill Effects

AutoShapes Part 3 - Shadows and 3-D

AutoShapes - Text Inside a Shape




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  Monday, September 07, 2009 – Permalink –

Animated Animation

Some samples


The graphic designers at TLC Creative Services have compiled a set of animation demos that can be downloaded. Several quite sophisticated tricks.

The Power Of "Ping":

Create and use professional graphic images that have transparency
Let The Good Times Roll:

Learn how to make a round object literally roll onto the slide
4 Picture Animations:

Learn 4 unique animation techniques that think 'outside the box'
Master Linking Presentation:

Visual tutorial on one way to seamlessly link from one presentation to another
Formatting Best-Practices:

A sampling of the Best Practices employed here at TLC Creative Services for working efficiently and creating the highest level presentations.
Movie Across Slides:

Insert a movie and have it continue to play across multiple slides as the presentation continues. Visual step-by-step tutorial


And more -
TLCCreative.com:
PowerPoint Tutorials




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  Sunday, August 30, 2009 – Permalink –

Start Up Looping

Go round the circle


The presentation doesn’t start for a few minutes or, maybe, a half an hour. As the audience wanders into the room, you can entertain them.

Set up a continuous loop show that will run without any intervention. You can show photos of the product or interesting small facts.

Display background information that you won’t have time to cover in your presentation.

Laura Bergells has a pod cast at:
Maniactive.com
Loop - What's the Scoop

Moore Anderson gives you the details at,
OnPPT.com:
Create and Run an Opening Loop

Awesome backgrounds has a tutorial on how to loop part of your show:
PowerPoint Looping




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  Saturday, August 22, 2009 – Permalink –

Self Help

Get started in the right direction


The Office of Technology Services of Towson University, located in Towson, Md., provides Self-Help Training Documents for many applications.

They are available for many levels of knowledge. They’re clean, clear, and concise.
  • Access

  • Adobe Acrobat

  • Dreamweaver

  • Excel

  • FrontPage

  • Microsoft Office Tools

  • Outlook

  • Outlook Web Access

  • PowerPoint

  • Publisher

  • Visio

  • Windows

  • Word Art

  • Word
Tech Docs




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