Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas & New Year PowerPoint Presentations

This holiday season, few good PowerPoint presentations have come up on authorSTREAM and SlideShare.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Slide Rocket launches record audio feature

Image representing SlideRocket as depicted in ...Image via CrunchBase

Online presentation creation tool, Slide Rocket now allows you to record audio in your presentations online. 'Record audio feature' is somewhat similar to record narration feature of PowerPoint. You just need to create the slide, click on record your audio narration on the slide and record the voice over.

The feature was certainly a most sought after feature for any online presentation tool. More and more such features which are otherwise available only in PowerPoint will boost the usage of online presentation tools.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Free PowerPoint templates for Holidays

Christmas and new year are around the corner. This is the time when we share our love, emotions and warm greetings with our near and dears. For PowerPoint users this is the time to carve their deep emotions and feeling on a PowerPoint and share it with their loved ones.
Free PowerPOint Tempaltes

To create a stunning PowerPoint presentation, an appealing template is a prerequisite. Those who are well versed with PowerPoint software, create these templates themselves. Those who are not that skilled to create a terrific PowerPoint template or background themselves need not to despair. There are numerous websites and blogs who offer free PowerPoint templates for Christmas and New year.

You can download these free templates; add music, animations and your very own PowerPoint greeting will be ready in no time. Here are few good websites from where you can download free PowerPoint templates for Christmas, New Year and Holidays:

Microsoft Website
Brainy Betty
Presentation Magazine: Presentation magazine also let you create custom image backgrounds using card maker which you can use as a template in PowerPoint:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

PowerPoint as a marketing tool

Wordle Cloud of the Internet Marketing Blog - ...Image by DavidErickson via Flickr

In last five years PowerPoint has gone a long way and so the PowerPoint software and websites. PowerPoint which was a traditional desktop thing is now more like a web product. More and more online products are being added to the ever growing list of PowerPoint resources and tools everyday. From PowerPoint creation to PowerPoint sharing, all has gone a complete makeover. Now only handful of people use email attachments as a way to share PowerPoint presentations. Most of the PowerPoint geeks are hooked to online PowerPoint sharing websites like SlideShare, authorSTREAM or are using online presentation creation tools like Google Presentations, Slide Rocket, slide 280 etc. Microsoft too will join the league of online PowerPoint sharing and collaboration websites with the launch of PowerPoint 2010 early next year.

Like video embeds, presentation embeds have become inevitable for bloggers. All such online and offline PowerPoint products have made PowerPoint presentations a great marketing tool.

You can upload your PowerPoint presentations either on SlideShare, Scribd or authorSTREAM and share it with your friends, family or clients in more easy and convenient way. Advantage of using Scribd or Slideshare is that your content gets more viewers while authorSTREAM is excellent in retaining animations, sound and video. In a nutshell, all will help you spread the word using a PowerPoint presentation. Get the flash embed and post it on your blog/website and anywhere where flash embeds are allowed.

PowerPoint to video

We all know that if a picture is worth than thousand words, a video is worth thousand picture. Creating a great video is not everyone's cup of tea. A great video requires excellent video shooting skills besides an awesome storyboard whereas PowerPoint is so flexible and easy to use
that even a grade III student can use it without much hassle.

With so many offline and online tools for PowerPoint to video conversion, it's just a matter of will that you convert your PowerPoint in video and share it on popular video sharing websites.

Online Free PowerPoint to video tools

authorSTREAM: Converts PowerPoint presentations to FLV, AVI, WMV or MP4. Maximum file size allowed is 1 GB and presentations below 5 mins are converted for free. authorSTREAM also lets you send converted videos to YouTube directly.

WonderSlide: Converts PowerPoint presentations to FLV, AVI, WMV or MP4. Maximum file size allowed is 50 MB.

Desktop PowerPoint to video tools

PowerPoint 2010
E.M. PowerPoint Video Converter
Wondershare PPT to video

Create an appealing marketing PowerPoint presentation. Jazz it up with videos- Youtube embeds or videos from file, animations and sound. Upload it on authorSTREAM, Slideshare or any other PowerPoint sharing website, convert it to video using offline or online PowerPoint to video converters and let your marketing stuff go viral. All these presentation sharing websites have social bookmarking and post to network buttons which will help you share your stuff more easily.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

SlideShare "Holiday Spirit Contest 2009"

PowerPoint and Document sharing website, Slideshare has announced "Holiday Spirit Contest 2009". Contest has started from November 27th and will last till 2nd January, 2010.

The Prize:

The Gift album coverImage via Wikipedia

1. 1st Prize: Amazon Gift Certificate worth $250
2. 2nd Prize: Amazon Gift Certificate worth $150
3. 3rd Prize: Amazon Gift Certificate worth $100

How to Enter the Contest?

* To participate in the The Holiday Spirit Contest 2009, your presentation should have been uploaded to SlideShare after Friday, 27th November 2009, 00:01 AM PST and entered into the contest by Saturday, January 2nd 2010, 11:59 PM PST. (The decision of SlideShare regarding eligibility of contest presentations will be final and binding for all)

* To enter, create a SlideShare account (or login if you already have an account) and add your presentation to the contest. You can enter your presentation in two ways:

1. Upload your presentation to SlideShare (single or bulk upload). Check
the "Enter Contest" checkbox and select "The Holiday Spirit Contest 2009".

2. Alternatively, upload the presentation as usual. Later, you can enter
the contest by going to the presentation's "Edit" page.

Read more at contest Page here.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Motion Path Animations

Motion paths offer such a wonderful PowerPoint animation effect that in slide show mode, for a moment you might mistake the presentation to be a video. Don't believe it? See it for yourself:

A motion path is a custom path that an object(text/image) follows. Either you can pick from preset paths like line, up, down or may create your own custom paths. Motion Paths let you create your own animation effects which are otherwise not available in PowerPoint.

Just follow steps below to add awesome Motion Path animations to your PowerPoint presentation:

  1. Select the object(text or image).
  2. Click on the animation tab.
  3. Click on Add Effect>Motion Paths.
  4. Select motion path you want to use and click OK.
  5. Run slide show to verify and save.

Microsoft has good training material with voice over for Motion paths. You can have this free training here.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Online PowerPoint meeting tools

PowerPoint cloud meeting or presentation meeting is not a new concept; SlideLive, authorSTREAM and Google presentations have been doing this since long.

These PowerPoint meeting web applications allow presenters to deliver presentations, live over the Internet where slide navigation is being controlled by presenter. In today’s world, many a times we need to communicate with people at different Geo locations who can’t get together at same place. That is where these presentation meeting applications come in handy.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010Image via Wikipedia

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 has also come up with a similar feature called broadcasting where presenter can click through the slides and everyone attending will be on the same slide. Animations also work the same way as in PowerPoint file. Only thing seems missing is chat which Microsoft must have planned with Microsoft communication server.

Here is a video demo of broadcast feature from Microsoft.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Insert videos in PowerPoint using authorSTREAM desktop

Sharing PowerPoint presentations having videos has always been a big issue with normal PowerPoint users. People always wonder why and how video or movie file inserted in PowerPoint which plays well on their computer disappears when they run slide show on their office system or any other computer.

Most of the PowerPoint users are unaware of the fact that videos are always linked in PowerPoint slides and will not play on the system other than where the linked file resides. Few technical users keep PowerPoint file and video in same folder and share the zip file so that video plays irrespective of where you run Slide show.

For those who don't want to share bulky zip files or who don't know technical details related to video insertion in PowerPoint, authorSTREAM has come up with a promising solution. authorSTREAM desktop (a free PowerPoint plug-in from authorSTREAM) which lets you insert YouTube videos, can now take care of videos inserted in PowerPoint slides. You just need to upload PowerPoint presentation having linked audio or video using authorSTREAM Desktop and its inbuilt mechanism will take care of rest.

authorstream logo

Presentation output on authorSTREAM will play inserted videos as they play in PowerPoint slide show on your machine and you only need to share authorSTREAM presentation link with your friends and family. So now besides inserting YouTube videos, you can insert videos from your desktop in your PowerPoint slides.

More details at authorSTREAM blog.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

PowerPoint to Silverlight

Microsoft SilverlightImage via Wikipedia

Do you know that more than 250 million people around the world use PowerPoint and not less than 30 million presentations are created daily? There is huge list of resources and tools related to PowerPoint. Lately more and more companies have come up with software's like PowerPoint to Flash SDK, PowerPoint Add-ins/ Plug-ins, PowerPoint to video conversion tools and websites for online sharing of PowerPoint presentations. Most of the products out of these deal with PowerPoint to flash conversion.

Today, PowerPoint to flash conversion is the most popular way of sharing PowerPoint presentations on the web. But, now trend seems to be changing with more products coming in for PowerPoint to Silverlight, a web application framework from Microsoft that provides functionalists similar to those in Adobe Flash. Initially released as a video streaming plugin, later versions brought additional interactivity features and support for .NET languages and development tools. The current version, 3.0, was released on July 9, 2009. It is compatible with multiple web browser products used on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems

There has been buzz around Microsoft Silverlight since Microsoft came up with the technology. Silverlight's awesome web capabilities and brand association of Microsoft has encouraged more and more people to use Silverlight as a designing tool for creating rich media content.

Electric Rain, 3D and multimedia solutions company has announced a new product called Convexion, a PowerPoint to Silverlight converter. Convexion converts PowerPoint 2007 slideshows to Microsoft Silverlight based presentations while retaining the animation scheme and accurate slide layout. The Add-in enables users to publish their PowerPoint slideshows to the Microsoft Silverlight and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) formats for sharing and viewing on the web, in blogs, and as a live desktop presentation player.

Will PowerPoint to Silverlight conversion be a popular technology for sharing presentations on the web in near future?
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween: Join the party

Join Halloween party at awesome venue:

Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at Aniboom
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Insert royalty free images in PowerPoint using new PowerPoint add-in from fotolia

Images and video marketplace, Fotolia has released FREE Add-in for PowerPoint 2007 & Word 2007. With Fotolia PowerPoint add-in you can instantly add high-resolution photos, vectors, and illustrations using your free Fotolia account without leaving PowerPoint. See video below on how to use Fotolia Add-in.

You can download Fotolia Add-in for PowerPoint 2007 here.

Add-ins like authorSTREAM desktop which lets you insert YouTube videos and images from Bing, SlideFinder which lets you search the web for presentations and slides and Fotolia ribbon are going to give a new direction to creation of content and media rich presentations.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Using PowerPoint presentations as Greeting card

This post on feisublog which showcase a Diwali greeting from authorSTREAM, shows a perfect and innovative way of sending personalized greeting card digitally crafted with your own hands to your loved ones.

PowerPoint gives you immense power and freedom to use your imagination, creativity to create a great greeting card for any occasion. With typical greeting card websites it's way difficult to pick the correct card which can express your deep emotions. Animations, sound, your own narration in PowerPoint will help you ponder your inner emotions in a PowerPoint slide show in a much better way.

So just build up a theme or story and start creating your own very special card. Get some cool pictures, templates, music or record narration if you want to send more personalized card. Make sure to time it with cool animations and transitions.

Halloween iconImage via Wikipedia

Why not create your own Halloween greeting card, full of bats, jack-o'-lantern, ghosts, skeletons, witches, devils and some scary music. Have a look on Halloween cards on Slideshare and authorSTREAM, read Microsoft's step by step guide on How to Create a multimedia greeting card in PowerPoint and get started.

Update: authorSTREAM already has a greeting card section which has user submitted presentation cards for different events and festivals. Either you can use greeting cards available on authorSTREAM or upload your own PowerPoint presentation, add some background theme, message and share it with your loved ones.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Healthcare Napkins won SlideShare's contest

Slideshare has announced results of World's best Presentation contest'09. Presentation Healthcare Napkins All has won the first prize.

See complete results at SlideShare.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Huge discount for educators and students from authorSTREAM

Online PowerPoint sharing website authorSTREAM is offering 90% discount on authorSTREAM's Premium Pro service for teachers and students. authorSTREAM premium pro will let you upload up to 500 presentation as private, unlimited PowerPoint to video conversion, presentation stats etc. You can see complete feature list here.

Promotional offer for Teachers  and Students

Teachers and students can apply with their official(school/college/university) email address and get Pro membership for $24.95(yearly), which otherwise costs $300 (yearly). Students and teachers will continue to renew their premium pro membership for $24.95 every year until 2014! Sounds a good deal :).

This special education discount offer expires on 30th September, 2009.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Easily migrate from PowerPoint 2003 to PowerPoint 2007

Most of PowerPoint users still prefer to use PowerPoint 2003 or XP because of learning curve involved. It's bit difficult to locate your favorite menus, commands in 2007 as Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 has different interface and few commands and options have been relocated under different menus.

That being said, PowerPoint 2007 is much rich in features as compared to PowerPoint 2003 or XP and migration to 2007 is easy with the help and tutorials available online.

Go through PowerPoint 2003 to PowerPoint 2007 interactive command reference guide from Microsoft. This interactive flash content will help you locate Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 commands in PowerPoint 2007.

Keyboard shortcuts available in PowerPoint 2007 will help you start easily.

Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint 2007

CommandKeyboard Shortcut
Open new blank presentationCtrl+N
Insert new slideCtrl+M / Enter key
Open existing PowerPointCtrl+O
Start SlideshowF5
Next animation/ SlideSpacebar/ Enter
Return to the previous slide Backspace
Go to a slide numbernumber + Enter
Return to first slide1 + Enter
Jump to the first (or last) slide Home (or End)
Change pointer to a penCTRL+P
Display the shortcut or right click menuSHIFT+F10
Go to the first or next hyperlink on a slideTAB
Change pointer to an arrowCTRL+A
Erase the screen annotationsE
End SlideshowESC
Justify a paragraph.Ctrl + J
Centre a paragraph CTRL+E
Right align a paragraph.Ctrl + R
Left align a paragraph.Ctrl + L
Copy formats (Format painter)CTRL+SHIFT+C
Paste formats(Format painter) CTRL+SHIFT+V

See complete list on Microsoft website

Sunday, August 30, 2009

PowerPoint 2010 to offer 3D slidehows

Microsoft is all set to change the way you use animation effects in PowerPoint slides. Everything in 2010 slide show (text, shapes, animations, and more) is rendered in full 3D using your machine’s graphics card. This was announced by Microsoft PowerPoint team on their blog.

PowerPoint's graphics engine is completely rebuilt using DirectX and will offer:

· Fully hardware-accelerated rendering engine
· New transition effects and an updated user interface
· Revamped animation effects and a brand new UI (timelines!)
· Animation Painter (copy your animations between objects)
· Choreograph animations with multimedia

Here is one video showing 3D capabilities of PowerPoint 2010

Thursday, August 20, 2009

PowerPoint presentations: a new way of showcasing your resume

If you believe that document(Doc) and PDF is the only way of sharing your resume online then you are totally wrong. More and more people are now using PowerPoint presentations for creating their CV. Resume on a PowerPoint presentation not only lists your experience and academic skills but also show your creative and innovative thinking. Have a look on some quality resumes below:

Do you think that any employer would not like to call such candidate for an interview? Share your thoughts through comments?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Updated 2017: PowerPoint resources, tools and communities

There are numerous blogs and websites having tutorials and help available for new as well as advance users of PowerPoint. These web resources not only cover PowerPoint 2000, 2003, XP and 2007 but also yet to be released PowerPoint 2010.

Here is a compiled list of few good resources, software and PowerPoint communities which should answer all your questions related to PowerPoint:


Bay City Public Schools
Microsoft Online Help
Baycon group
The PowerPoint Blog
PowerPoint in classroom
PowerPoint Heaven
Ellen Finkelstein

Video tutorials

Google Videos
About.com videos

Groups/ Communities

Microsoft PowerPoint Community

WiZiQ PowerPoint Community

Microsoft Google newsgroup

Blogs/ Websites


The PowerPoint FAQ
PowerPoint Ninja
PowerPoint MVPs

Online PowerPoint Sharing Websites


Online PowerPoint creation

Google presentations
Google presentations
Slide Rocket
Zoho Show
Adobe Acrobat

Online PowerPoint meeting and collaboration tools

Google presentations
Present Live
Slide Live
Slide Rocket

Free PowerPoint Templates

Microsoft Office Online
Sonia Coleman
Presentation Helper
Powered Templates

Convert PowerPoint presentations to video/pdf online

PPT to video


PPT to Pdf


Search PowerPoint files online

SlideFinder, SlideWorld,PowerPoint-Search

Free PowerPoint plug-ins(PowerPoint To Flash, Search slides, Insert videos)

iSpring Free
authorSTREAM Desktop

Synchronized Audio/video presentation tools



Flash SDK

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Slideshare announces World's Best Presentation Contest'09

Presentation and document sharing website Slideshare has announced World's Best Presentation Contest'09 in collaboration with Adobe Acrobat.

To increase presence on social networks, Slideshare has a new rule this year. To choose the finalists, Slideshare will look at tweets and shares on social networks. Hashtag for the contest is #bestpreso.


World's Best Presentation Contest

1. Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch worth $1199
2. Amazon Kindle DX worth $489
3. Apple iPhone 3G S worth $199

And 5 Category Prizes: Adobe® Acrobat® 9 Pro software

Special Prizes for Best Acrobat 9 Presentation Details

Grand Prize: HP TouchSmart® laptop and Adobe® Acrobat® 9 Pro software
Runner-up: Adobe® Photoshop® CS4


Judges are Julie Hansen, COO of Business Insider, Scott Belsky, founder & CEO of Behance, Harry McCracken editor of Technologizer , Guy Kawasaki, David Armano,Padmasree Warrior.

For details visit contest page.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Video support in PowerPoint 2010

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 offers great support for videos. Besides letting you insert video files, PowerPoint 2010 has in built facility to let you insert embeds of video sharing websites. Also, with PowerPoint 2010 you will be able convert PowerPoint files in WMV format video files.

Embed videos in PowerPoint 2010

You need not to go go through complex steps of adding shockwave flash object. Just copy video embed from some video sharing website(say YouTube) and click video option provided under insert tab in PowerPoint 2010. Select " Insert video from online video site", paste embed and click insert.

Besides video embeds you can also use some other flash embeds; just try embeds of PowerPoint sharing websites and those embeds will play just like they play on some blog or website.

Convert PowerPoint to video

Video has become one of the most powerful content formats lately. Video content provides you wide range of audience. In today's scenario, if you have to convert your PowerPoint to video, either you have to purchase some PowerPoint to video software or use some online PowerPoint to video website. This all is going to change to some extent with PowerPoint 2010.

PowerPoint 2010 will let you convert your PowerPoint presentations with timings(rehearsed or narrated) in WMV video format. PowerPoint 2010 even converts PowerPoint presentations without timing. You just need to select "Time to spend on each slide". If some slides are having animation effects then total duration of those slides in video will be sum total of animation timings.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Funding time for online presentation websites

We all have seen success of video sharing websites and now it seems to be turn of presentation websites. There are so many online presentation creation and sharing websites. Most of them have pretty good content as well as user base. SlideRocket and Prezi are two such presentation players who have raised quite good funding over the period.

Prezi lets you break away from the slide-by-slide approach of most presentations. Instead, it allows you to create non-linear presentations where you can zoom in and out of a visual map containing words, links, images, videos, etc. Prezi is quite similar to pptPlex, a Microsoft Office Labs project . Prezi has raised an undisclosed amount in Series A financing from Scandinavian VC firm Sunstone Capital and is adding Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey to its roster of company advisors.

SlideRocket, the online presentation creation solution, announced it received $5 million in Series B funding and that Chuck Dietrich, a former General Manager & Vice President at salesforce.com, has joined the company as CEO.

SlideRocket, similar to 280Slides and Google presentations is a cloud based service which lets you create slideshows online without the need of PowerPoint software. It also lets you collaborate and work in sync with your colleagues. Easy collaboration is also a main highlight of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

It will be interesting to see how much market share Microsoft will be able to grab with so many presentation players already in market with ample user base.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Can PowerPoint 2010 jeopardize online presentation creation business model?

With three main objectives of 'Work anywhere with Office Web applications', 'Collaborate better with co-authoring' and 'Bring ideas to life with video and picture editing', Microsoft is all set to launch office 2010 next year.

Microsoft office along with Microsoft SharePoint 2010/ Windows Live account and Office Communicator 2007 R2 and Office Communications Server 2007 R2 will be a great tool offering almost all features being offered by online presentation creation websites. Google presentations seems to stand nowhere against PowerPoint 2010. Can PowerPoint 2010 be a threat to online presentation creation websites? Though the question makes some sense yet it will be too early to look for an answer.

As per Microsoft

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 delivers more new and exciting ways to create and share dynamic presentations with any audience. Improved audio and visual capabilities help you tell a crisp, cinematic story that’s as easy to create as it is powerful to watch. New, easy-to-use tools help you polish your presentations to help you keep your audience’s attention even longer. Almost-anywhere access to PowerPoint 2010 from your Smartphone or the Web allows you to simultaneously work on presentations with other people. Simply put, it’s never been easier to express your ideas with PowerPoint 2010. Its Backstage view replaces the file menu, a co-authoring capability streamlines collaboration, and the ability to broadcast slideshows doesn't require viewers to have PowerPoint installed.

Embedding video in PowerPoint

With PowerPoint 2010, you can effectively engage your audience by embedding and personalizing videos within your presentation. The embedded video file can be customized by adding video triggers and styles directly within PowerPoint 2010 using inbuilt basic video edit tool, saving your time and money. You can also save your PowerPoint files in wmv, compress them and share.

Awesome visual effects

PowerPoint 2010 has new Smart art graphics, more animation effects, and advance transition effects. With PowerPoint 2010, you can easily create powerful visuals and apply professional-looking designs to photos and text, and to videos in PowerPoint. From new and improved picture-editing effects such as saturation and watercolor to video editing and formatting capabilities such as trimming, fades and reflections, Office 2010 opens up a world of design options to give life to your ideas.

Here are few videos demonstrating features and capabilities of PowerPoint 2010:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Insert YouTube videos in PowerPoint with authorSTREAM Desktop

Online PowerPoint sharing website authorSTREAM, today released authorSTREAM desktop, a plugin for PowerPoint 2007 (ribbon). Similar to SlideFinder which lets you search and insert PowerPoint slides, authorSTREAM desktop lets you search and insert YouTube videos and images in your PowerPoint file from within PowerPoint. So now with authorSTREAM desktop you don't have to remember and follow complex steps to Embed videos in PowerPoint files.

authorSTREAM desktop is pretty simple to use and contrary to SlideFinder their image and video search interface seems to be a part of PowerPoint software itself. Here's a video, in which Harman Singh the CEO of authorGEN(Company behind authorSTREAM) demonstrates authorSTREAM desktop:

Using authorSTREAM Desktop

authorSTREAM's closest competitor SlideShare too allows you to embed YouTube videos in presentations uploaded on their website. You have to edit your presentation after your presentation gets converted on SlideShare. This video is inserted as a separate flash file after slide number selected by you. So if you download the PowerPoint file from SlideShare, there will be no slide having YouTube video.

YouTube videos embedded using authorSTREAM desktop not only play fine on authorSTREAM but they even work fine in PowerPoint slide show. This means you can share PowerPoint presentations having YouTube embed inserted using authorSTREAM desktop, through emails too. You can have text as well as YouTube video on same slide and next/ back arrows on player also work fine. See it yourself below:

Justin Ezarik

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by caliber | Upload your own presentation

You can insert YouTube videos in PowerPoint files manually too as explained here and authorSTREAM handles that too.

authorSTREAM recently changed their tagline to "Do More with PowerPoint" and their recent updates for PowerPoint to video, Channels, and authorSTREAM desktop validates that.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Search PowerPoint presentations from within the PowerPoint

PowerPoint search engine SlideFinder has released Add-in for PowerPoint 2007 which lets you search the web for presentations and slides from within PowerPoint. The SlideFinder Add-in also enables you to add the slides you find to your current presentation.

Download Add-in from http://tools.slidefinder.net/addin-en.aspx and follow steps below to search PowerPoint presentations and insert slides from search results to your presentation.

Install SlideFinder Addin on your machine

Click on search for Slides. A warning message about copyright will appear. Presentations are searched from web so they may be copyrighted. Make sure that slides which you download and insert are not copyright protected.

Clicking ok will open a new window to search PowerPoint files which doesn't seem to be a good idea. SlideFinder should have kept search box somewhere within PowerPoint window. Opening a new window is as good as searching in a browser. On the top of that Google ads make the search experience more unpleasant.

Search for any keyword and SlideFinder will display PowerPoint presentations available on the web for download. Select the slide(Tic the check box) which may fit in your presentation and click "Add Slide to presentation" button.

SlideFinder will download and insert slide in current presentation. Certainly SlideFinder has brought web within PowerPoint. There is still room for improvement in Add-in but the idea of PowerPoint search within PowerPoint is brilliant and will help PowerPoint users a lot.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

authorSTREAM now lets you convert PowerPoint files in WMV, AVI ,FLV or MP4

authorSTREAM the only online PowerPoint sharing platform converting PowerPoint files in video today updated its PowerPoint to video conversion engine. Now you can convert your PowerPoint presentation with timings(set to advance at its own) in different video formats like WMV, AVI, MP4 or FLV.

PowerPoint presentations below 5 minutes duration can be converted for free only in MP4 format and will have authorSTREAM watermark on it. To convert your presentation in file type other than MP4 or to convert a presentation above 5 minutes duration and without authorSTREAM watermark, you have to purchase video credits. One video credits costs $2 and can be used to convert single PowerPoint presentation to video of maximum 45 minutes duration. You can find more details at authorSTREAM blog or FAQs.
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Insert or embed videos in PowerPoint files

Similar to audio, video can be inserted in two ways in PowerPoint. Either you can insert video from your computer or you can use flash embed of some video sharing website like YouTube, Vimeo, Revver etc. Contrary to audio, embedding of video file is not possible in PowerPoint. Video files are always linked and play from the path stored in PowerPoint slide.

Steps to insert movie file/video in PowerPoint

1. In Normal view, click the slide to which you want to add a movie.
2. On the Insert tab, in the Media Clips group, click the arrow under Movie.

3. Do one of the following:
  • Movie from File, locate the folder that contains the file, and then double-click the file that you want to add.
  • Click Movie from Clip Organizer, scroll to find the clip that you want in the Clip Art task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), and then click it to add it to the slide.

For more details visit Microsoft office online help.

Embed YouTube, Vimeo or Revver videos in PowerPoint
Problem with inserting video in PowerPoint is that when you share such PowerPoint files; video don't ship with PowerPoint file until you send a zip file containing video file and zip file having a video is always so big in size that sharing it through email is almost impossible. In most cases users are not aware of the fact that video file which plays fine in PowerPoint sideshow on their machine will never play on other machines until video file is sent along with PowerPoint and is saved on same path(say c:\desktop\video\abc.wmv) to which slide refers to(i.e. the path from where original video was inserted by creator of presentation).


Upload videos to be used in PowerPoint on some video sharing websites like YouTube, Revver, or Vimeo. Get the video URL from video sharing website and insert in your PowerPoint as described in Presentation below and share:

Embed Videos in PowerPoint Presentations

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by Slideshows | Upload your own presentation

Alternatively you can use authorSTREAM Desktop to embed YouTube or Vimeo videos in slides. authorSTREAM desktop works well with PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010.
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Monday, June 29, 2009

PowerPoint presentations on Michael Jackson

Such was the impact of Michael Jackson's sudden death that Google stopped responding for a while. Twitter has to remove 'Trending Topics'. Every website, blog, TV channel was just talking about MJ.

PowerPoint creators also paid tribute to MJ in their own style by creating some great presentations. Few presentations embedded below will let you have glimpse of MJ's life.

Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) – YOU are my life
View more documents from Krudang Krangdu.

Friday, June 26, 2009

SlideShare now let you import Google docs

Online PowerPoint and document sharing website SlideShare today released a new feature of importing your Google presentations and documents into SlideShare account. You just need to click on the “Import from Google Docs” link on the upload page, enter your Google username and password, select the file and click “Import to SlideShare”. See more details at SlideShare blog.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Creating icons/logo using PowerPoint 2007

Many a times, you may have felt helpless when it comes to get an appealing icon/logo for your website/blog/profile etc. Major concerns are: you don't know Adobe Photoshop, you can't afford buying Photoshop license or your budget don't allow you to hire a professional designer.

Well, in all such situations Microsoft PowerPoint can come to your rescue. You can create professional looking icon/logo using PowerPoint and Paint. Here is the video which demonstrates how you can create awesome icons using PowerPoint and Microsoft paint.

Icon thus created was used on http://www.youtube.com/user/yutubemedia
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Embedding or linking audio files in PowerPoint

Do you always wonder why audio inserted in your PowerPoint presentation disappear when you play presentation on a computer other than the one where it was created? Do you fail to understand why online PowerPoint sharing websites like authorSTREAM, slideboom or slideshare (BTW they don't support audio inserted in PowerPoint file) fail to play audio inserted in your Presentation?

Answer to these questions lie in the way audio was inserted in PowerPoint. There are two methods of inserting audio files in PowerPoint presentations. Either you can embed audio in PowerPoint itself or link the audio file.

As per Microsoft
"Main differences between embedded (embedded object: Information (object) contained in a source file and inserted into a destination file. Once embedded, the object becomes part of the destination file. Changes you make to the embedded object are reflected in the destination file.) sounds (objects) (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE objects.) and linked (linked object: An object that is created in a source file and inserted into a destination file, while maintaining a connection between the two files. The linked object in the destination file can be updated when the source file is updated.) sounds are where they are stored and how you update them after you put them in your presentation. Embedded files are stored within the presentation, and linked files are stored outside the presentation."

In case of linked files, PowerPoint always play audio from the linked location of file( say "c:\my Documents\test.wmv"). When you play PowerPoint file having linked audio on some other machine, PowerPoint file tries to locate and play audio file from linked path i.e. "c:\my Documents\test.wmv". As there is no such audio file at the path specified on new machine so audio fails to play. Embedded audio file is contained in PowerPoint itself so audio will play on online presentation sharing websites or on other computers.

Audio file of size more than 50 MB will always be linked. You may have to set audio file size from advance options so that audio file below 50 MB is always embedded. Follow steps below:

See videos on how to insert audio in PowerPoint file.

You can visit links below to understand difference between linked and embedded audio:

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