Creativity Boost with MoodStream

Here is a nifty online tool for those days creativity is just not there (or if you have some time to stare at the computer and be entertained). Getty Images has MoodStream.

Pulling from its vast image and video libraries you can have a full screen never ending stream of images and video based on your parameters. Adjust the sliders or use a preset, click ‘Refresh Stream’ and watch.

– Troy @ TLC

By |May 21st, 2009|Software/Add-Ins|

Office 2010 The Movie

Two things:
1. Microsoft is definitely showing they know how to have fun. Check out the movie trailer for the upcoming release of Office 2010 here.

2. Microsoft has officially announced a Technical Preview (aka ‘Beta’) of Office 2010 – so we are getting closer to the release date! It is a limited invitation program…

– Troy @ TLC

By |May 19th, 2009|PowerPoint, Resource/Misc|

Oh My Eyes – Bad Diagram

Here is a slide from a recent show that just made me cringe (presentation was supplied, so I had no editing or design input).

It does show all of the important information. But it does not have a balanced/aligned layout. It is difficult to figure out the message, text is small, and it did not animate to help show the flow. And it was a background slide for over 5 minutes…

– Troy @ TLC

By |May 17th, 2009|PowerPoint, Resource/Misc|

Office 2010 in 2010

Well it’s official. Steve Balmer commented earlier this week that the next version of Office will not be available there year, but next.

“Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010, and Microsoft Project 2010 are scheduled to enter technical preview in the third quarter of 2009 and become available in the first half of 2010.”

– Troy @ TLC

By |May 15th, 2009|Resource/Misc|

Zero-Day Exploit Patch for PowerPoint

Tuesday Microsoft closed a critical PowerPoint hole that that has been under attack since last month, which seems to have been directed at corporate computers to gain access to data. It did not affect PowerPoint 2007, but the patch is for PowerPoint 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, the PowerPoint Viewer, Office Compatibility Pack and Works. No Mac patch yet.

How big a deal was this? It was only the fourth time in the past 4 years that Microsoft has released just one security bulletin. To patch your computer, Run Windows Update (or you can wait for it to be part of an upcoming Automatic Update).

– Troy @ TLC

By |May 13th, 2009|PowerPoint|

Alternative to Bullets

Here is an example from a recent project that shows an alternative to a list of bulleted text. The overall presentation we images and key words only. This part of the script was a quick recap of these sound bites – to quick for visuals, but a bulleted list was not a good option because it was just not dynamic enough.

Here would be the ‘standard’ slide:

Here was my layout:

– Troy @ TLC

By |May 11th, 2009|Portfolio|
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