Sunday, August 12, 2012

Learn PowerPoint 2013: Free training videos from Microsoft

Every new software or software upgrade comes with new features and UI changes which you might find difficult to figure out easily. Microsoft's PowerPoint 2013 set to release later this year would also require some learning effort to fully utilize the potential of new features and functionality.

Though basic things and features are still the same as they were in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, yet PowerPoint 2013 has lot of new features, UI changes and close integration with web.

Following tutorials from Microsoft explain various features and functionality and unveil the potential of  PowerPoint 2013.

1) Switch from 2003 to 2013
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2) First look- Ribbon and commands
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3) How things are organized- Menu, mini toolbar, Print preview
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5) Save, publish and share
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Microsoft has created these tutorials to help you easily switch to PowerPoint 2013. Tutorial in the form of a presentation can also be downloaded from Microsoft's website.

Note: These videos were extracted from the training presentation available on MS website to share with blog readers.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

PowerPoint 2013: A new generation product

Microsoft is going to release PowerPoint 2013 (Office 2013) by the end of 2012. This version of PowerPoint promises to bring lot more engagement, cloud power and rich feature set.  With integrated search and insert capabilities for images and media, PowerPoint 2013 is going to make lives of PowerPoint creators lot easy.  Loaded with wide variety of  16:9 themes, cool design and rich set of features it is certainly going to delight you.

PowerPoint 2013 is closely integrated with Sky Drive and Office 365 (Microsoft's online subscription based Office). Presentations can be saved on Sky Drive in a jiffy and accessed anywhere anytime. Here are some of the features worth talking from presentation creation prospective:

Convert PowerPoint presentations to MP4
PowerPoint 2013 lets you convert PowerPoint presentations in WMV and MP4 formats. The default option for video conversion in PowerPoint 2013 is MPEG-4 (MP4).


Search and insert images and videos from within PowerPoint
PowerPoint 2013 has inbuilt image and video search engine which lets you search images from Bing, Flickr and videos from Bing and YouTube.  This was the most sought out feature since presenters have to look for relevant images and videos for their presentations and they had to go out of PowerPoint  software to a browser to search for same.


Now one would be able to search and insert relevant images, videos from within PowerPoint. It seems that Microsoft is inspired by the search and insert capabilities of authorSTREAM Desktop- a free add-in for PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2013’s image search from Bing, Flickr and video search on Bing & YouTube are two features which are a part of authorSTREAM Desktop for quite sometime.


Default presentations size 
Instead of standard and traditional 4:3 aspect ratio, PowerPoint 2013 comes with default presentation size to be in 16:9 (wide view).

Sharing and access rights
Unless you want to share it publicly, you need not to upload the presentations to SlideShare or authorSTREAM to share it with others. With PowerPoint 2013, share presentations with anyone by sending them unique link generated via Sky Drive from within PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2013 also lets  you to set view and editing permissions.



Comments
Commenting is  definitely a new thing to MS PowerPoint.  Now users would be able to comment on the presentations. This will not only bring engagement but also speed up the feedback process via comments and replies.

Present online
Similar to PowerPoint 2010's Broadcast Slideshow, 2013 has Present online. Present online lets you conduct synchronized slideshows with remote audience wherein as a presenter you control the advancement of animation and slides.


Publish online
PowerPoint 2013 allows you to save the presentations online on Sky Drive or Office 365 if you have subscribed to.


In today's internet world dominated by social media and networks, PowerPoint 2013 is undoubtedly a product of  new generation with options of commenting, sharing, broadcasting and  inbuilt tools to help you create awesome presentations.

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