Blog2021-05-06T12:54:43-07:00

Alphabetizing Made Easy

One of our go-to resources is a surprising one – The Alphabitizer (https://alphabetizer.flap.tv) is helpful in many ways. We use it to alphabetize presenter names during a show, organize presentation titles, and more. It also has helpful features like automatically capitalizing names in the list and randomizing items in a list in the case instead of alphabetizing.

First just insert the random list of names, titles, or whatever it is:

Then use the options to the left to perform whatever function is needed. For this example, the goal is the staff names organized by last name.

And voila, a super-quick alphabetized list! The options can be changed one at a time, so the list could be run multiple times until the final list is whatever is needed. For example, it could be run once to alphabetize, once to capitalize, and again to number.

By |May 24th, 2021|Resource/Misc|

The Presentation Podcast Ranks #1 on Feedspot!

Feedspot is a Content Reader, with the goal is helping us keep up with multiple websites and information sources all in one place. Feedspot also lists and ranks, among other things, podcasts.

In the category of “Presentation Podcasts”, our very own, The Presentation Podcast, ranks #1!

The current top 5 podcasts in the category are…

  1. The Presentation Podcast
  2. The Presentation Boss Podcast
  3. The World of Presentations
  4. Fearless Presentation
  5. Unforgettable Presentations

Jace @ TLC

By |May 21st, 2021|Resource/Misc|

PowerPoint Adds Ability to Lock Objects!

Adobe Illustrator’s “Lock Object” has been something I have dreamt about having in PowerPoint for years. Well it has finally happened!

Here is my example slide. Lots of overlapping images. I am certain everyone can think of several reasons the ability to lock one, a few, or all of the objects in place so they cannot be accidently moved would be a good thing.

For this example I want to lock the upper right image from being able to be moved. It is labelled “Bubbles” in the Selection Pane.

In the selection pane to the right of the visibility icon is a new padlock icon. Currently the “Bubbles” image is unlocked. That means selecting it the standard modified handles are seen, but I want to focus on the rotate modifier.

To lock any object – image, shape, text, media, etc., just click the padlock icon.

The object can still be selected, but it cannot be moved, resized or altered. The rotate modified is replaced with a lock modifier.

This is a huge improvement to PowerPoint’s editing! Some additional observations:

  • Locked objects still have animation applied (and a locked object can have new animations applied to it).
  • Locked objects can be turned off using the Selection Pane visibility icon.
  • Objects on the slide level can be locked.
  • Objects on the Master Slide and Master Layouts CANNOT be locked.
  • Placeholders, on slides, can be locked.
  • Z-order of locked objects can be changed (eg. “bring to front” works).
  • Anyone that can edit the slide can unlock an object (if they open the Selection Pane).

 

Troy @ TLC

By |May 19th, 2021|PowerPoint|

Presentation Podcast – New Episode Releases Today!

Episode 126, Storytelling with Data and Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, releases today – listen to the conversation here.

Storytelling with Data is one of the best books showing effective ways of showing data in presentations. Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, author of Storytelling with Data, is one of the authorities on effective Data Viz. And this episode of The Presentation Podcast is a fantastic conversation about Cole’s background, the Storytelling with Data book, and how to approach Data Viz in presentation design.

By |May 18th, 2021|Resource/Misc|

CreativePro Week – is next week!

Direct from the event website:

“CreativePro Week is the world’s best HOW-TO event for creative professionals who design, create, or edit in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Microsoft PowerPoint. No matter your skill level, you’ll learn techniques and best practices you can start using immediately to improve your productivity.”

On The Presentation Podcast, episode 125, David Blatner, Director of Creative Pro, joined us for a great conversation. Listen to the conversation here.

CreativePro Week is a virtual event this year (but a live, in-person event again next year) with over 40 expert speakers and more than 100 sessions! CreativePro Week is five days of in-depth training and inspiration. And in a unique option, passes can be 1-5 days with a choose-your-own adventure as to what days and what sessions you attend.

Also of note (for us here at TLC Creative): Friday, May 21st, our very own Troy Chollar of TLC Creative is a presenter  (that is just 1 week from today!). His session is “What’s New with Remote/Virtual Presentations”.

If you have not registered, here is the promo code extended to The Presentation Podcast listeners, for a $100 discount, CPWNH.

Jace @ TLC

By |May 14th, 2021|PowerPoint|

PowerPoint Designer, On-Demand

The AI powered “Designer” feature is truly fantastic. But, for the TLC Creative design team, we do not have have Designer active by default.

The good news is turning off Designer does not disable it, it just makes the automatic recommendations not happen. So, how do we use it?

From any slide, go to HOME tab > DESIGNER section > and click DESIGN IDEAS. This activates Designer and the Design Ideas pane opens on the right for us to see the AI powered design ideas and use if we want.

Troy @ TLC

By |May 12th, 2021|PowerPoint|

Microsoft Edge Webview2 – Does It Matter to PowerPoint?

Further blurring the boundary between native, and web-app development – enter Microsoft Webview2

As more and more apps become cloud-based there is a near seamless transition between desktop and mobile devices. Microsoft has been hard at work on this transition, and the coding challenges it presents for developers.  Enter Edge Webview2, which is only one component of Microsoft’s much larger Project Reunion. Project Reunion is an initiative to modernize and evolve Windows Application and Webapp development with a new set of unified tools and API’s.

So, what does webview2 do? Simply put, it allows you to add web content, HTML, CSS, Javascipt, etc. into your native applications. Native apps for each OS; Windows, Mac, IOS, Android, etc., each have differing coding languages and requirements. But Webview2 allows developers to use consolidated language base, coding for the web, and have a native application use that code – on any platform. It is easy to see why Microsoft would want to enable simplifying things in this way now that the O365 suite has essentially become a set of hybrid apps (they run on desktop, but require internet access for components of their functionality – or the same app can run, with almost 100% features, as a web app).

On the obvious side, why is there a “2” in the name? Because there is already a “Webview.” The question is, how is Webview2 different from Webview?  Webview2 is Chromium based (vs. a more proprietary Windows based language).  Chromium  is an industry-standard for code and development. The part that made the “new” Microsoft Edge web browser new, is that it is now based on Chromium (basically Microsoft stopped its proprietary code language development and used the industry standard and open source Chromium language).  Microsoft does make it clear that Webview2 does not mean Microsoft Edge needs to be installed. But Microsoft Edge is what renders all Webview2 content, so even if it is not installed as a web browser, it is running behind the scenes, albeit with a little more stealth, running anything utilizing Webview2. For software development with the goal of developing both native and webapps, and native apps that are cross platform, Webview2 makes that effort far less daunting.

So why the timing of this blog post now? Because Microsoft started pushing out the runtime to Windows PC’s starting April 1st and it has now been released for general availability. So Webview2 is now open to all developers.  If you want to get into more of the technical documentation, look at the Overview and Roadmap for detailed information.

For PowerPoint, we don’t have a list of any features that are specifically Webview2 coded. I imagine many of the new features, those that are available in PowerPoint for Web, but not the desktop version are leveraging this new coding option. It will definitely make it easier for the Microsoft team in maintaining functionality and feature set parity across platforms without having to develop everything from the ground up, two, three or five times. Stay tuned, because even if we do not directly see Webview2, no matter what platform we are using PowerPoint on, we certainly will be using features that are leveraging the features Webview2 enables.

Josh @ TLC

By |May 10th, 2021|Resource/Misc|
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