Portfolio Resource/Misc

Infographic on Car Forecast

Here is another example of an infographic TLC developed. The overall goal was to pull the information from a written piece and put it into a visual format. published new statistics regarding the market share forecast for automotive sales growth over the past year. The story lists the statistics; however, they do it in a way that requires you to read the entire article to understand the numbers. Using the article for our source, we created an infographic and pulled out the key data from the article to create a visual representation of the data. Using icons, bars, and charts the data can be displayed in a variety of ways that are interesting as well as informative.

(infographic of information)

(original written story format)

– Troy @ TLC


Online Shopping Infographic

Infographics are something I like to develop. They are the best of presentation design (visual) and print design, and something you can have a lot of fun designing. recently published a story with statistics from the Global Online Shopper Report based on a March survey of 19,000 consumers in 15 countries. The story lists the more interesting statistics; however, they do it in a boring, non-visual, way. Using the article for our source, we created an infographic that pulled out the key data from the article and Global Online Shopper report to create a visual representation of the data. Using icons, bars and charts, the data is now displayed interestingly and informatively.

(original story)

(story converted to infographic)

– Troy @ TLC

Personal PowerPoint

Multi-City, Streaming, Presentations

Last week, I developed the presentation graphics and ran the presentations fort his is the show. It was unique in that I first developed the full animation and dynamic presentations. This was used for the local audience. I then developed a webcast (LiveMeeting) version of the same slides (fewer styling and animation effects to be compatible with the system). Last, was confirming the internal streaming TV system was able to capture and broadcast all without issue. The presentations ran on separate systems that I setup with a central remote to control all for simultaneous presentation control. The overall meeting had the local plus 3 remote sites, local and remote presenters (who took control of the webcast presentation and I followed for the local audience), telepresence cameras and a lot of group interactivity. All ran smoothly and it was a great show!

– Troy @ TLC

Resource/Misc Tutorial

Does PowerPoint Know I Need a Font?

There are dozens, actually 1,000s, of ways to display your ABC’s. Font styles are created to display each letter in unique ways. Microsoft supplies a set of fonts with Office. Adobe supplies many fonts with the Creative Suite (now Creative Cloud) software packages. And there are many ways to download and add custom fonts to your computer.

If you use a custom font in a presentation, and that custom font is not installed on the computer that is viewing the presentation, a font default – or substitution – is used. We cannot control which font is used as the default and we cannot guarantee what the slide will look like with the default font in use.

PowerPoint has a few tools to help with this situation. The tools are not extensive, and definitely do not do enough to aid us users in identifying font issues and resolving font issues.

The first step is to identify if PowerPoint is using fonts on the computer or substituting fonts. The tool is very simple, and simplistic. Select a text box, then on the home tab click the font selection drop down. In this menu, each font has 1 of 3 icon options to the left of the font name.

1. The Open Type icon is a large stylized “O.”
2. The True Type icon is two letter “T”s overlapping.
3. NO ICON, just blank space, lets you know PowerPoint recognizes a font is needed, but it is not installed on this computer. When there is no icon, PowerPoint is substituting that font with a default font (of its choice).

– Troy @ TLC


Showsite in Napa, CA

Always fun to travel to wonderful places, even if I am seeing the inside of a ballroom 90% of the time. Last month, I spent a few days in Napa, CA at a wonderful winery and resort, handling the presenter presentations and overall show graphics.

In addition to a number of great presenters and designing the master show presentation, I was able to make use of my Surface Pro for a presenter that needed to interact with a small set of slides and a number of web demos. The Surface performed great, was very low profile to not distract or block the presenter and was easy to setup.

– Troy @ TLC

Resource/Misc Templates/Assets

PowerPoint Animation Jitters Update

This is a quick (and great!) update to last week’s post “Stop PowerPoint from Getting the Animation Jitters!

The incredibly talented coder, Chirag, quickly put together (in his words) “a very simple and small utility… that toggles the (regedit) setting when you execute it. When it states that sprite clipping is disabled, you get smooth animations. Ensure that PowerPoint is not running when you execute this utility.”

I have not tested, partly because I have manually updated all computers at TLC with the registry update. Download the free utility – (61KB).

– Troy @ TLC


Help – Cannot Move/Delete/Rename/etc. PowerPoint File!

Have you encountered this error dialog:

In this case, I was moving a project folder. I had just finished editing a presentation, closed the file and PowerPoint. But I was unable to move the entire folder. Frustration!

Often, PowerPoint is still open as a background application even though it has been closed. Why – I do not know, but it definitely causes lots of user frustration.

1. Right-click on the bottom task bar and select TASK MANAGER

2. Scroll down, past the active Apps into the BACKGROUND PROCESSES and look for MICROSOFT POWERPOINT (it will be the same name with all versions of PPT).

3. Select it and click END TASK.

4. Now click TRY AGAIN on the error dialog and all should do as you wanted (move, delete, rename, etc.).

– Troy @ TLC


Incredible Travel Humidifier!

Okay, so this has nothing to do with presentation design – but with being on the road 200+ days per year handling presentation projects I spend a lot of time in hotels. One common thing is they all are over air conditioned, do not have windows that open, and are incredibly dry. I recently purchased this portable humidifier and it does a great job of adding some moisture to a hotel room!

The design is inspiring, being a large cap that fits on top of any water bottle – and it is USB powered!

– Troy @ TLC

Resource/Misc Software/Add-Ins Tutorial

Add Twitter Feed To Slides

We were recently at a show to handle the presentations, and the presenter encouraged the audience to tweet about the conference daily events. During the break, we were asked to show the twitter feed. Advanced planning is great – this was not it.

We used to provide a solution. is a Flash based website with no download (other than the Flash player if not installed). On the website, you are prompted to type in a hash hag, search a term, or use someone’s twitter id.

Then one tweet at a time fills the page, each animates to the next. There are 3 types of animation to choose from: Letter by Letter (which is our favorite), Rotation, and Tag Cloud.

If you use the option to run the show in the web browser full screen, the background automatically changes colors.

There are 3 options for using during a presentation.
Option 1: Run the website from a backup computer (with internet access) and toggle it to the screen.
Option 2: Have a link to the website on a slide and use it to switch from presentation to web browser (going back to the presentation requires using ALT+Tab or closing the web browser – so not as seamless and elegant).
Option 3: Use Shyam’s LiveWeb add-in to display a webpage directly on your presentation slide (this is a FREE add-in that can be downloaded here).

– Troy @ TLC

Resource/Misc Software/Add-Ins Tutorial

Stop PowerPoint from Getting the Animation Jitters!

Long scrolling animations worked great back in PPT 2003. But with the new .xml format (.pptx) came a new render engine for animations and it caused these same animations to stutter and “jitter” as they played.

You can fix these with a registry edit (Note: the registry controls the computer and in general mistakes in here can be very bad).

First, download this test file and run (download here, 3.7MB). Take note of how smooth, or jittery, the text animation is.

Close PowerPoint.

To update a computers PowerPoint settings:

1. Start >> search bar “regedit”

2. Go to Hkey Current User>>Software>>Microsoft>>Office>>15.0>>PowerPoint>>Options
– Note: This is the path for PPT 2013. For PPT 2010, it will be “12.0” vs. 15.0.

3. In the right section, right-click and select NEW >> DWORD (32-BIT) VALUE

4. Name it “DisableSpriteClipping”

5. Find the new entry and right-click and select MODIFY

6. In the VALUE DATA box, enter “1” (BASE can be Hex or Dec) and click OK

Start PPT and run the test file again. Take note of how smooth, or jittery, the text animation is.

Many thanks to Steve Rindsberg of PPTools for making me aware of Microsoft’s Chris Maloney’s shared bit of coding that works wonders for anyone fearful of animation jitters!

– Troy @ TLC