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The PowerPoint Blog http://www.thepowerpointblog.com Tue, 15 Sep 2020 04:15:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/cropped-TLC_square-no-text-32x32.png The PowerPoint Blog http://www.thepowerpointblog.com 32 32 New Episode! The Presentation Podcast http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/new-episode-the-presentation-podcast/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-episode-the-presentation-podcast http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/new-episode-the-presentation-podcast/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 02:00:00 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/new-episode-the-presentation-podcast/ A new episode of The Presentation Podcast is available today! Troy, Nolan, and Sandy do a deep dive into PowerPoint’s Backstage talking about what features, options and functionality is there, as well as tips, tricks and discovering new things there they did not know about! 

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud – or search The Presentation Podcast for “The PowerPoint Backstage Experience” or go directly to the episode page here: http://thepresentationpodcast.com/podcast/110


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Virtual Conference Review http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/virtual-conference-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=virtual-conference-review http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/virtual-conference-review/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/?p=14668 TLC Creative Services has had another successful online conference! This event we provided the presenter Virtual Broadcast Studio to capture and live stream 43 sessions. Our design team assured presenters and their presentations where displayed on a conference branded backplate. Each session had live content switching, session countdown timers, custom presenter intro stinger videos, and more (all produced by the TLC Creative team).

It was a great conference, but it was really worth it when we receive emails like this fantastic note from a very experienced presenter who has not slowed down on the virtual event world – thanks Mike!

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The Presentation Podcast, episode 109 now available! http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/tpp-109/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tpp-109 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/tpp-109/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 02:00:00 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/?p=14683 A new episode of The Presentation Podcast is available today! The Presentation Summit was a virtual event this year, and a success. Troy, Nolan and Sandy have an opportunity to talk with the Presentation Summit Director, Rick Altman and the Presentation Summit Director of Events, Sheila McGurin the month after the conference. We talk about remote presenting, some of the Presentation Summit statistics, recapping some of our experiences at this year’s virtual conference, and hearing the plans for next years conference.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud – or search The Presentation Podcast for “The Presentation Summit” or go directly to the episode page here: http://thepresentationpodcast.com/podcast/109

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Happy 25th Anniversary, Windows 95! http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/windows-95-anniversary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=windows-95-anniversary http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/windows-95-anniversary/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:30:57 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/?p=14652 Last week (August 24), Windows celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Windows 95 operating system. To celebrate, they released this great video highlighting the evolution of the Windows operating system from 95 to now – how many of the icon styles do you recognize and remember?

[youtube src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/MhZVyQtFx_U”]

Read more about the anniversary here.

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3D Model in PowerPoint – IBM Logo http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/3d-ibm-logo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3d-ibm-logo http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/3d-ibm-logo/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/?p=14644 TLC Creative is always pushing the limits of PowerPoint. A few years ago, 3D model support was introduced to PowerPoint. TLC Creative leveraged the new file format immediately for a few large corporate events where the end clients had 3D modelling assets available (making those models compatible with Office’s more limited 3D support is another topic).

Always looking to grow our design team’s skills, we are highlighting a little side project Jake on the TLC Creative design team created. This is a Microsoft Office-optimized 3D model of the IBM logo, built from a (non-3D) vector file of the logo, created in Blender.

The fun is twisting, rotating and seeing every angle when a true 3D model is added to a slide! This is a video export from PowerPoint animating the inserted 3D model using morph across a series of slides:

Download the IBM logo slide here.

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Lori Chollar’s “Backstage Pass” at the Presentation Summit! http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/our-own-lori-chollar-at-the-presentation-summit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=our-own-lori-chollar-at-the-presentation-summit http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/our-own-lori-chollar-at-the-presentation-summit/#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/?p=14625 The 18th annual Presentation Summit was a virtual event this year due to the pandemic – but it was as informative, fun, and creative as ever! I may be biased, but one of my favorite presentations was Lori’s “Backstage Pass.” She did an amazing job showing some of our favorite animations and slide effects.


And of course, the audience loved it too. Here’s just a few of the comments from her live presentation:



Troy @ TLC

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Podcast 108 announce http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/podcast-108-announce/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=podcast-108-announce http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/podcast-108-announce/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2020 12:00:37 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/?p=14343 A new episode of The Presentation Podcast is available today! The Presentation Summit annual event went virtual for 2020. And a virtual event did not prevent us from coordinating a large group gathered around our virtual table to talk presentations, PowerPoint, and the experience of being at the Presentation Summit. Join this large 15+ person group conversation recorded at the 2020 Presentation Summit!

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud – or search The Presentation Podcast for “The Presentation Summit” or go directly to the episode page here: http://thepresentationpodcast.com/podcast/108

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Presenting at the 2020 Presentation Summit http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/troy-2020pressummit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=troy-2020pressummit http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/troy-2020pressummit/#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2020 02:30:00 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/?p=14609 This year the Presentation Summit was a virtual conference, which meant missing time spent among friends and talking about presentations with hundreds of people. However, traditionally I post a picture of me presenting, so here it is…a photo of someone’s computer screen during my presentation “7 Presentation Hacks” (with Nolan, who was the host of my session). It was a fantastic virtual conference with an amazing amount of personal connection opportunities.

Troy @ TLC

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Live Transcription Goes Backwards http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/live-transcription-goes-backwards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=live-transcription-goes-backwards http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/live-transcription-goes-backwards/#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:00:43 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/?p=14473 Presentation Live is a great addition to PowerPoint presenting (see these posts from last month for more details: …). One feature of the transcription that I did not point out clearly was the user experience when they change the selected language.

It’s easy for audience members to switch the transcription to their language of choice. After joining the meeting, the selected language is in the lower left.

Click it and choose from the list of 60+ languages.

Now the great part! The newly selected language is used almost immediately as the presenter continues their presentation. In addition, all of the previous translation is updated to the new language selection as well (pretty nice feature Microsoft!).

Of course, if the audience member speaks the same language as the presenter and doesn’t want to see the transcriptions at all, they can toggle it off in the same Languages menu.

This will likely never fully replace live translators, but for remote meetings and audience members joining in from their homes, it’s a fantastic alternative.

Troy @ TLC

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Paragraph Spacing for the Reader http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/paragraph-spacing-for-the-reader/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=paragraph-spacing-for-the-reader http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/paragraph-spacing-for-the-reader/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.thepowerpointblog.com/?p=14303 Now that we’ve improved our text with selective bolding (previous post), now is the time to look at the huge impact line spacing can have on overall legibility.

Here is our sample slide with the default 1.0 line spacing applied to every line. Everything is uniform, including the spacing between paragraphs (hard returns) and line wraps (soft returns). The only line of text that really stands out is the final bullet, which is separated by an extra return (not a best practice!)

Select the bullet list text and set the line spacing to be a bit tighter at 0.9, and set the paragraph spacing to 12pt.

Now the lines of text are clustered better for the reader. The goal is to divide each bullet, keep paragraphs together as a unit and make it easier for the reader to digest the slide content.

Troy @ TLC

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