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PowerPoint

Office 2007 – Beta 2

Yesterday was the official release of Office 2007 Beta 2. Anyone is free to download (for free) and see what all the news is about. Of course being a beta, not everything is working 100%, but the new User Interface has to be experienced as words cannot explain it sufficiently. Even more impressive is seeing the new charts and tables engine in action!

The download is 550MB, so have a fast connection. Click here to go to Microsofts Beta download site (wait for the flash animation to finish and click the “Try Now” button).

– Troy @ TLC

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PowerPoint

“Click and Type” – Office 2007

I have one project in that involves tons of typesetting. The fine tuning of sentences that I much prefer to do in a desktop publishing application, or even MS Word; PowerPoint just does not have the tools to make this tedious task from being painful.

BUT, Jensen Harris just yesterday made note of one tool being ported over to PowerPoint that will make these tasks a bit easier! The “Click and Type” tool found in MS Word will now be in all Office apps – and the at is good news! Check out the details at Jensen’s blog here.

-Troy @ TLC

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PowerPoint Resource/Misc

Minimum Laptop Specs – My opinion

Earlier in the week I posted a reply on the PPT Newsgroup (A resource everyone using PowerPoint should take advantage of) on a fairly common question – “What should I buy for PowerPoint Presentations?” Of course my answer is ‘the biggest, fastest and most powerful’ but I realise that is not the most budget appropriate answer… So here is my recommendation on the minimum specs for a new computer:

  • A lot really depends on your PowerPoint use, if using animation and video playback, and if you will be running more than one application at a time. Here would be my minimum requirements for a laptop today:
  • – Intel DuoCore, P4 or Centrino CPU (eg. not a celeron), I do not use AMD but the equivalents.
  • – 1 GB of RAM
  • – 64 MB of Video RAM (and that is the minimum, with 128-256 MB being highly preferable)
  • – On video ram there is a big difference in shared vs. dedicated memory. For PowerPoint to playback animation, flash files, movies and even audio the computer really needs to have dedicated memory (this allows the use of the ‘Hardware Acceleration’ feature). It should be by ATI or Nvidia.
  • – Everything else is just a matter of what is offered. I prefer a wide screen for a laptop. Having a physical on/off switch for the wireless is
    desirable and you cannot have enough USB ports.

 

Hope that is helpful.
– Troy @ TLC

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PowerPoint Resource/Misc

New Article (Projectors and PowerPoint)

Presenter’s University just posted my latest article. This article is a look into the technical apsects of the Display Control Settings to send the proper signal to a projector (or secondary display). Hopefully many people will find the information clear, consise, and helpful!

Click here to read it.

-Troy @ TLC

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PowerPoint Resource/Misc

Display Standards Chart

While researching an upcoming article I found this incredibly detailed illustration of the various display standards out there. Understanding the various display sizes is important when designing a presentation that will viewed on a non-standard aspect ratio (eg. wide screen).

Video Standards Chart

This chart comes from the Wikipedia section of Answers.com when searching “Display Resolution.” Click here to view a full resolution version (2560x2048px).

Troy @ TLC

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Personal PowerPoint

Computer Cables Gone Wild

I am spending the week at the New York Auto Show working on press event presentations for both Honda and Acura. Tons of very cool presentation technology in action, but it just dawned on me how big of a mess I’ve created over the past two days.

Here is what happens when you have no room to work and you setup eight computers, power for stage lighting, controls for car turntables and I’m not sure what else is down there at this point…
Cables for my 8 computers and the other stuff...

Of course it could always be worse. Here is the just one of the video production area cabling!
Cables for just one section of "video village"

Troy @ TLC

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Personal PowerPoint

You Have Got To Have More Than PowerPoint Skills

This is a continuation to the last post (…starting with PowerPoint and converting it to something else). Because all of the projects begin with PowerPoint, clients are counting on TLC Creative Services to develop a professional and dynamic presentation – that’s where the years of graphic design and PowerPoint expertise come in. But that is not enough. Now to develop the “something else” a design firm needs to have expertise in things like:
– CD mastering, for duplication.
– Autorun User Interface program development, for interactive CDROMs where a custom application gives users the option to view, install or edit presentations.
– DVD menu development, for interactive DVD menu’s and special options such as looping movies and custom playback hierarchies.
– Professional DVD mastering, so they actually work on consumer players.
– Web development, for converting presentations to webcasts.
– Web hosting, for presentations converted to webcasts.

And this is just a sampling of things that go on behind the scenes. As I mentioned last time, “I really enjoy the projects that are continuously flowing in. One reason is the variety; different clients, different visual needs, different requests.”

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal PowerPoint

(Now) PowerPoint is Just the Beginning

I really enjoy the projects that are continuously flowing in. One reason is the variety; different clients, different visual needs, different requests. But as I look back over just the past 6 months or so, the big difference has been the variety of output needs. All of the projects revolve around PowerPoint, but PowerPoint is just the stage for creating the final product. I have some thoughts on that, but I will save those for later.

As information to think on, here are five of the projects that I have had within the past few months that all start with PowerPoint, but end up as something else:
1. Convert a PowerPoint presentation and provided video clips into a technical training DVD. Playback on consumer DVD, distributed around the world to train employees of a major Cruise line about the new safety doors and gangways being installed. The PowerPoint slides provided the technical content. Video clips demonstrated each step of the process.

2. Sync PowerPoint presentation with live video taping of presenter and convert to an online webcast.

3. Convert a PowerPoint presentation into a kiosk mode display for a tradeshow booth.

4. Convert a themed countdown timer presentation to a movie format for playback from a beta tape.

5. Create a themed announcement presentation (company logo, press event time, company slogan, press event time, etc.) into a looping DVD. Only the DVD was left running in between events.

Of course over the same months we have had plenty of the traditional speaker support presentations, templates, custom animation and clean-up projects too. But the world is changing and from my perspective the way PowerPoint is being used is evolving too!

Troy @ TLC

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PowerPoint

Sometimes Mass Input is a Bad Thing

Okay, so this is a parody on Microsoft – and it is very funny. But it also applies to the way lots of slides and presentations are designed. The more people that need to provide input, the more content has to be added to each slide… Just something to think about (and figure out how to manage).

[UPDATE] The original link was taken offline this afternoon. So here is a fresh link. Click here to view.

Troy @ TLC

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Personal PowerPoint

Presenter’s University Interview

I was interviewed by Presenters’ University at the end of January. But I just found out it was posted (probably weeks ago…). Feel free to check it out here.

Troy @ TLC