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Software/Add-Ins

Online Demo: Color Picker Add-In

It can be a slow process to select custom colors for text or for an object’s fill, line, drop shadow. I have made good use of PPTXtreme’s Color Picker add-in to make custom color fills fast and easy! This is the first in a series of online demos planned. Click HERE to see the demonstration video of this add-in in action.

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PowerPoint

Jensen Harris on Office 12 User Interface (Ribbon)

I have been fortunate to have behind-the-scenes interaction with Microsoft’s PowerPoint development team. And I am admitting that the new “Ribbon” toolbar has some incredible ideas, innovation and research. But I also have a few reservations, so I am anxious to see what the final version ends up with customization capabilities (the developers at MS are revising it nearly daily).

If you are curious about the new ribbon and want some behind-the-scenes info and sneak peaks, visit Microsoft’s Jensen Harris’ Blog. I have been checking it for the past several weeks and some of the items I personally had concerns about have been covered (and resolved!). Check it out here.

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PowerPoint Resource/Misc

Get World Wide Stereotypes from the WWW for Your Next Presentation…?

For your presentation you want to show how the world views a country, city or anything. Makes sense that the WORLD Wide Web could provide a world consensus on how something is viewed – right… While I am not going to recommend this for your next presentation, it does prove interesting (and I am sure a bit skewed).

Here is the resulting ‘Prejudice Map‘ that is subtitled “According to Google, people in the world are known for…” that Google Blogoscoped created.
Here is an example google search that was used to create the ‘German’ stereotype.

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Tutorial

Resize Images Instantly!

Placing oversized images into a presentation only makes the presentation file oversized. I could suggest everyone go through my process; open each image in PhotoShop, crop, resize, optimize color, save as a .jpg or .png (as appropriate). But that is a lot of effort, and not the fastest process for a general use presentation.

Or, thanks to my brother-in-law who introduced me to Microsoft PowerToys, you could use Image Resizer. Once installed, simply right-click the image file in Windows Explorer, choose Resize Pictures and from the simple dialog choose a size and you are done! This free Microsfot application is somewhat limited in what it can accomplish, but it makes the process nearly instantaneous – produces good quality images – and works with .jpg and transparent .png images. Check out the details here.

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Personal

Disaster at the Server Level

Today has proven to have its challenges… Yesterday my web hosting server crashed. After many hours dealing with tech support it became obvious that the only item I would not be able to get back online was this blog.

So today I have started from scratch – reinstalling the blog software, building a new database, and uploading/re-creating as many of the posts as possble. I am sure to be missing a few posts, but the extended effort has the blog up and running again. I guess the only upside is that I did upgrade a few features and fix a couple of bugs from my first round of installs. Sometime technology makes for a big headache!

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Tutorial

Simultaneously View & Edit Presentations

For final edits on a presentation I take advantage of dual monitors, with PowerPoint on one screen and the slideshow on the other. As I adjust elements I can see the updates immediately.

If you do not have a dual monitor setup, you can do something similar by running the presentation in a smaller window by holding down the CTRL key while clicking the SLIDE SHOW icon in the lower left. You can move back-and-forth between the slideshow and edits while seeing the updates immediately.
CTRL + Click to start show in window

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Software/Add-Ins

Add Captions/Subtitles To Movies – Easily!

With Today’s realease of Camtasia 3.1 a number of great tools and output options have been added. One of the very cool features is an intuitive and powerful captioning feature. PowerPoint MVP Glenna Shaw has created a set of examples that show the results. The movie file is from one of my clients (SWOT Expert). I supplied the movie and text file of the narration. Glenna created English Captions and with the help of PowerPoint MVPs Ute Simon and Enric Manas translation, she created German and Spanish subtitles.

The process is so streamlined in Camtasia that Glenna told me all three versions were created in less than 1.5 hours!

Check out the samples here:
English Captions
Spanish Subtitles
German Subtitles

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Tutorial

Turn Off PopUp Toolbar If Not Used

During church service I noted a very distracting onscreen prescence. Perhaps you have seen it too. During a slide show do you see this in the lower left corner:
Onscreen Navigation PopUp Toolbar

If you do not know what it is or how to use it, I recommend turning it off. The PopUp Toolbar is designed for onscreen interactivity (advance, go back, notate, end, etc.) and is especially useful for tablet PC operation. But the vast majority of people (myself included) have no use for this tool. It is easy to turn off

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Resource/Misc

Files That Will Not Go Away

Ever try to delete a file (any type of file) and instead get a message like this:

Delete File Error Message

I had one that just would not go away. Very frustrating. After a bit of searching the web it was easy to see I was not the only one with troublesome files. I solved the problem (eg. deleted the file) with a free little application called unlocker.

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Personal

Dinner with the Stars

While in Detroit I was fortunate to have dinner one evening with Julie Terberg (Terberg Design) and another with the incredible Betsy Weber (TechSmith). Both are great people and I enjoyed hearing what is exciting and happening in their work.

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Troy and Julie Terberg
Troy & Betsy Weber