New Crystal Xcelsius Tutorial (by Glenna Shaw)

Glenn Shaw, a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, has been up to her magic again. This time she has created a whimsical tutorial that explains and shows how Crystal Xcelius can be used to create truly dynamic charts/graphs for PowerPoint. Check out the “Visually Analyze Resource Impact” tutorial here.

Xcelius is a very powerful tool and can also be integrated into websites. For a really fun and whimsical example, check out Glenna’s Cinderella Project (as in Disney Princess).

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By |2016-09-16T11:30:34-07:00March 11th, 2006|Software/Add-Ins, Tutorial|

Advanced Animation Timeline

When you need to fine tune the animation timings, you need to display the very powerful Advanced Timeline. When you open the animation pane, which do you see:

With the advanced Timeline you can see the duration, start and end for each animation in relation to the other animations. For advanced animation needs the WITH PREVIOUS setting is utilized more and the animation start position and duration are adjusted with the Advanced Timeline (as example when a subtle overlapping animation is needed).
Show the Advanced Timeline
To see the Advanced Timeline, click any animation and choose SHOW ADVANCED TIMELINE.

There are some good examples of the advanced timeline in use on the Tutorials page.

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By |2016-09-16T11:28:21-07:00March 3rd, 2006|Tutorial|

Rename Master Slides

Things can get confusing working with a presentation that has multiple masters. Especially if the Master Slides are very similiar (eg. One with a primary bullet, one without). The solution is to name the Master Slides to something meaningful. I have added a tutorial on renaming PowerPoint Master Slides here.

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By |2016-09-16T11:26:55-07:00February 25th, 2006|Tutorial|

PPT + .png transparent images = ugly print

If you have ever printed a presentation that contained a .png image with transparency the results were certainly less than desirable. Here is the printed slide with a number of transparent .png images – not so good…
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Note the jagged edges around the 3D spheres, Missing portion of background, solid/jagged dropshadow around the person.

○ The solution is a few easy steps and provides ‘picture’ perfect printouts.
○ Go to SAVE AS and export all slides to .JPG images. It is a good idea to save all of these to a new folder (Note: For higher quality images I use the PPTXtreme Import/Export add-in for this process. I export slides at 1600×1200 pixels for better quality).
○ Create a new presentation
○ Import all of the .jpg images/slides using the Photo Album feature, PPTXtreme’s Import/Export add-in, or Shyam’s Image Importer add-in.
○ Print

Here is a slide that was exported as a .jpg, then placed on a slide and printed
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Side Note: If you delete all slides from real presentation, do a SAVE AS, then insert all of the .jpg slide images the master slide, header/footer and properties information will be preserved.

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By |2016-09-16T11:26:34-07:00February 23rd, 2006|Tutorial|

Movies and PowerPoint (updated)

I recently corresponded with PowerPoint multimedia expert Austin Myers (creator of the highly recommended PFCMedia add-in). He was kind enough to review my quick FAQ on movies and PowerPoint and provide some additional information. I have updated the page with his detailed insights, get it here.

Thanks Austin!
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By |2016-09-16T11:25:51-07:00February 19th, 2006|Software/Add-Ins, Tutorial|

Movies and PowerPoint…ials/movies.htm

Frustration is getting things working perfect on your computer and then discovering they do not work on another computer. This is a very common tech support call I get when it comes to movies playing in PowerPoint.

Knowing some of the behind the scenes workings of PowerPoint and multimedia. I added a page that covers the big points and offers a few solutions that I have had good results with. To see it click here.

By |2016-05-12T10:02:59-07:00February 4th, 2006|Tutorial|

Resize Images Instantly!

Placing oversized images into a presentation only makes the presentation file oversized. I could suggest everyone go through my process; open each image in PhotoShop, crop, resize, optimize color, save as a .jpg or .png (as appropriate). But that is a lot of effort, and not the fastest process for a general use presentation.

Or, thanks to my brother-in-law who introduced me to Microsoft PowerToys, you could use Image Resizer. Once installed, simply right-click the image file in Windows Explorer, choose Resize Pictures and from the simple dialog choose a size and you are done! This free Microsfot application is somewhat limited in what it can accomplish, but it makes the process nearly instantaneous – produces good quality images – and works with .jpg and transparent .png images. Check out the details here.

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By |2016-09-16T11:18:34-07:00January 25th, 2006|Tutorial|

Simultaneously View & Edit Presentations

For final edits on a presentation I take advantage of dual monitors, with PowerPoint on one screen and the slideshow on the other. As I adjust elements I can see the updates immediately.

If you do not have a dual monitor setup, you can do something similar by running the presentation in a smaller window by holding down the CTRL key while clicking the SLIDE SHOW icon in the lower left. You can move back-and-forth between the slideshow and edits while seeing the updates immediately.
CTRL + Click to start show in window

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By |2016-09-16T11:17:41-07:00January 20th, 2006|Tutorial|

Turn Off PopUp Toolbar If Not Used

During church service I noted a very distracting onscreen prescence. Perhaps you have seen it too. During a slide show do you see this in the lower left corner:
Onscreen Navigation PopUp Toolbar

If you do not know what it is or how to use it, I recommend turning it off. The PopUp Toolbar is designed for onscreen interactivity (advance, go back, notate, end, etc.) and is especially useful for tablet PC operation. But the vast majority of people (myself included) have no use for this tool. It is easy to turn off (more…)

By |2016-09-16T11:16:59-07:00January 16th, 2006|Tutorial|
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