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.




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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:


Office 2003

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA010348231033.aspx

office 2007

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA012303071033.aspx

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Is online presentation creation better than Microsoft PowerPoint?

In the last few years a number of products have been launched to create presentations online. Google presentations, 280Slides, Slide Rocket, Zoho Show and Preezo to name but a few. Latest in the list is Adobe Acrobat Presentations. With so many products in the market, it's difficult to decide which one you should use? Chris Pirillo has something to say on "What's better than Microsoft PowerPoint?"



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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Searching downloadable PowerPoint files is now easy

Do you find it difficult to search PowerPoint files using populor  search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing because you don't know exact search operator to use? Now it's time for you to cheer up because  there are search engines dedicated to PowerPoint. So no more search operators to remember,  just type your search creteria and download your favourite PowerPoint file.

PowerPoint Search
PowerPoint-search.com searches PowerPoint files as per keyword enetered. You can also see last 10 searches.


Slide Finder not only  searches PowerPoint files as per keyword enetered but also provide you information about file size, thumbnail preview of all slides and  presentations similar to your search keyword.


SlideWorld let you rate any PowerPoint presentation and displays total number of downloads for that particular presentation.

You can give a try to all of these PowerPoint search engines and choose the one which finds best PowerPoint according to keywords used in search.

Some other resources from where you can download PowerPoint files


http://www.nebo.edu/misc/learning_resources/ppt/
http://www.authorstream.com/tag/download/
http://www.Slideshare.net
http://xibyshows.blogspot.com/
http://powerpointfun.blogspot.com/
http://powerpointshows.blogspot.com

Monday, June 8, 2009

Add audio to your PowerPoint file

Addition of audio or video to your PowerPoint can have amazing effect on your target audience. Here are few embeds demonstrating 'how to add narration?' to your PowerPoint.














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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Replace PowerPoint feature from authorSTREAM

authorSTREAM, the online PowerPoint presentation sharing platform today released a new feature called 'Replace PowerPoint. Now you can replace your current PowerPoint file with a new one. Big relief to those who want to replace few slides of presentation or complete presentation altogether due to some typo or outdated information. Feature comes in handy when you have embedded presentation on your website or blog. As soon as your re uploaded presentation gets converted, embeds will start showing new content or slides.

You just need to click the ‘Replace PowerPoint’ option provided under Actions on Dashboard or on ‘Your Presentations’ and click on the link marked ‘Replace PowerPoint’ available beside the presentation thumbnail and upload the updated presentation. Best part is that during the conversion process your presentation will work fine on authorSTREAM or in embeds. Also comments, views, tags, favorites, likes, presentation URL etc will remain same. As your presentation may have new slides,content so you need to recreate video of your presentation or send it to YouTube again after successful replacement so that you can reach wide range of audience.

See more details at authorSTREAM blog.


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SlideBoom now allows Open Office Documents

SlideBoom, a PowerPoint sharing platform similar to authorSTREAM and Slideshare now supports Open Document Presentation (ODP) files. ODP format is used in free office suites like OpenOffice, NeoOffice or IBM Lotus Symphony and proprietary software packages like Sun Microsystems’ StarOffice.


They recently also launched presentation statics feature for premium users very close to authorSTREAM's Presentation Analytics feature offered as a part of premium membership.


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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Make flowcharts in PowerPoint

With Powerpoint you can create effective presentation materials but most users are not familiar with the fundamentals of creating flowcharts. Flowcharts are good for showing step by step process using different kinds of labeled boxes and arrows.

Below are the steps on how to make a flowchart:

Step 1: Create a new slide where you want to make your chart (right click on the slides tab and then choose “New Slide” on the menu... read more here

[via http://www.online-tech-tips.com/ms-office-tips/how-to-make-flowcharts-in-powerpoint/]

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Preserve memories using PowerPoint

If you are a big preserver of memories like me, you may also want to make scrapbook based on photos. Involved in such a digital era, photos are usually stored in a digital way. So, digital scrapbooks become a new fun to us.

If you're a beginner and you have PowerPoint, you can easily create digital scrapbook based on digital photos and video footages with it.

A family reunion or any other holidays for that matter can be recorded with such a digital scrapbook....................[via digitalmediaonlineinc.com]

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