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Personal Portfolio

A Day of Indepth Training

From the middle of August through the middle of the upcoming November we have been in continuous motion. Lots of great projects, super clients and variety. Here are a few photos of a recent “Advanced PowerPoint Training Day.” Lori and I met with a core team of presentation developers at their corporate office for an entire day of indepth how-to’s and design ideas geared to expanding their corporate presentations.

– Troy @ TLC

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Tutorial

Animated Frame Entrance

Using native PowerPoint elements and animations, add a dynamic entrance to photos.

1. Insert a photo, or other graphic, to a slide.

2. Add a Line Color (aka stroke) to the photo. Use a color that coordinates with the image or background and is thick enough to be visible (sample here is 2 1/4pt.).

3. Now add a rectangle autoshape. Size it to be slightly larger than the photo and set the Fill to none. Add the same Line Color and weight as applied to the photo.

4. Animate the photo: EXPAND, FAST, WITH PREVIOUS

5. Animate the frame: COMPRESS, FAST, WITH PREVIOUS

Done! I have also uploaded a sample presentation of this animated slide. Click here to download.

Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Graphics Cards For PowerPoint

Looking to purchase a new computer, or upgrade the graphics processor of a desktop. Have have added a write-up that overviews the 4 categories of graphics processors and makes some general recommendations specific to presentation use.

Click here to view on TLCCreative.com

-Troy @ TLC

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PowerPoint

The Icons of Office 2007

After awhile you most likely just look through your list of applications for an icon vs. the name. So get ready to learn some new sights. Here are new application icons of Office 2007.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

PPTLive 2006

The PPTLive conference wrapped up and was a great event! One of the personal highlights is having the opportunity for so many of the PowerPoint MVP’s to be together and have some fun!

Another highlight was presenting the Day 2 General Session on Animation with my wife and business partner, Lori!

Stay tuned for some posts on things learned, recaps of sessions I spoke at, etc.

-Troy @ TLC

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Tutorial

Make the “Hidden” Marker Disappear

So you designed a presentation using a ‘hidden’ graphic to identify the hidden slides during review. Then during the show you manually enter the slide number to show the hidden slide. Now the audience sees the slide AND the full slide ‘hidden’ graphic – oops.

In this case all can work out with a little custom animation. Here is our example slide:

The animation for this slide has both lines of text with animated entrances:

The solution is first to apply an Exit animation to the hidden image. I use EXIT >> DISAPPEAR >> WITH PREVIOUS.
The second step is to make this the first animation in the sequence.

Now you have added a custom graphic that makes it easy to identify which slides are hidden – in slide sorter and printouts. The slide can also be used during a presentation, because the hidden graphic is never shown in slide show mode!

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc Tutorial

Download the TLC “Hidden” Graphic

Because of some requests over the past few days (thanks for all send over emails) everyone is free to use the link below to download the “Hidden.png” graphic I developed in PhotoShop a few years back.

Click here to download.
(Note: download is a small 100k .zip file)

– Troy @ TLC

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Tutorial

Show A Hidden Slide During A Presentation

A hidden slide does not show up during a slide show – unless the slide is manually brought up.

If slide 3 contains optional information that you have hidden, it can be show by typing “3” + “ENTER.” This brings up the hidden slide #3 for your presentation.

– Troy @ TLC

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Tutorial

Make a Hidden Slide Seen

The ‘hidden slide’ feature is great. It can be used to design a master presentation that contains a couple of versions of key slides – just hide the ones that do not apply to that audience. Or you want to edit a slide, but keep the original for that ‘just in case’ scenario.

No matter what the use, the one constant is that it is difficult to identify which slides are hidden. You have to look for the small hash mark here:

Not only is small, put the is no way to identify hidden slides on a printout. This poses a large problem when supplying printouts to clients for review. What I have done is create a semi-transparent, slide-sized “hidden” graphic in PhotoShop that is inserted on hidden slides. Easy to see in the slide sorter and very obvious in printouts.

– Troy @ TLC

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Software/Add-Ins

Find Out What PPT Add-ins You Have

PowerPoint MVP, Chirag, has developed a nifty little application that tells you all of the add-ins associated with PowerPoint (VBA and .com).

Download from “ListPowerPoint Addins.exe” here (350k).

Note: Application does not need to install, just double-click to run.

– Troy @ TLC