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 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.

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