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Timelines that are Different - 06

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

Many of you have been following our Timelines that are Different series, and it's now time to show you another fantastic timeline that you can use on your PowerPoint slides. The requirement to be featured in this series is not to be just useful and interesting, but the featured timeline also needs to be different and stand apart from usual timeline offerings.

Our sixth timeline slide is from infoDiagram, a template site based out of London, UK. My contact at infoDiagram was Peter Zvirinsky.

This particular timeline looks very simple indeed, and that in itself provides it with an amazingly, different attribute. The watercolor-stroke appearance of this timeline is uncomplicated and captivating at the same time. infoDiagram calls this diagram a Watercolor Timeline Arrow.

Watercolor Timeline Arrow

The limitation of this timeline is that you cannot add too many timeline stops. The sample shown above already has four stops, and you may be able to squeeze in an extra timeline stop at the most. Fortunately, this timeline slide is part of many other similarly styled Watercolor slides, and you may use elements from other slides to create more coordinated slides!

Watercolor Timeline Arrow

Template Link | Aspect Ratio: Standard (4:3) only

If you have found a timeline template that's different than others, do let us know by adding a comment. Also, if you are a vendor who wants their templates to be featured as part of this series, do get in touch with us via our feedback form.

See More Timelines that are Different: 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

As part of our very popular series on timelines that are "different", let us now explore our fifth, different timeline! In this series, we are not exploring the "best" timelines that you can add to your slides. And really speaking, it was a conscious decision to choose "different" rather than "best" for this series because we wanted to bring you timeline slides that are not seen too frequently; and thus, will stand apart from the commonplace.

Our fifth timeline slide is from PresentationLoad, a slide vendor based out of Nierstein, Germany. My contact was Frank Hodrea.

So how is this timeline different than the typical timeline slide? First of all, this timeline is so much more visual that most timelines. Also, it makes best use of the larger width of the widescreen aspect ratio to fit in so many pictures! PresentationLoad calls this a Company History Timeline.

Company History Timeline

Although all pictures are grouped, you can still change them individually because newer versions of PowerPoint let you change pictures, even if they are within a group. And if you don't want to change pictures, PresentationLoad seems to have carefully chosen neutral pictures that will work in most scenarios! All put together, this is a set of 28 slides, and 27 of them have editable timelines!

Company History Timeline

Template Link | Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) and Standard (4:3)

If you have found a timeline template that's different than others, do let us know by adding a comment. Also, if you are a vendor who wants their templates to be featured as part of this series, do get in touch with us via our feedback form.

See More Timelines that are Different: 01 | 02 | 03 | 04

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Monday, May 30, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST

Creating timeline slides can be so much fun, not just because your options are so many—but also since each timeline is completely different from another. We have been looking at the collections of major slide vendors, and are picking timeline templates from their collections that number several hundred slides! Choosing just seven slides from such a large repertoire is not easy because so much thought and visual talent has been used to create the available options.

Our fourth timeline slide is from SlideModel, a slide vendor based out of Uruguay. My contact was Germán Viera.

This timeline is different than the usual single-line timeline. Yet, it uses less slide real estate optimally with a from-the-top look at a maze-style line. SlideModel calls this a Horizon Perspective Timeline.

Horizon Perspective Timeline

You can use any number of time values although it would be difficult to use more than ten time values with captions. Steps/stops are provided using two variants; you can use a colored map pin, or a numbered, colored map pin.

Horizon Perspective Timeline

You can also use multiple slides with one step/stop per slide. Some sample slides that illustrate this effect are included.

Template Link | Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) Only

If you have found a timeline template that's different than others, do let us know by adding a comment. Also, if you are a vendor who wants their templates to be featured as part of this series, do get in touch with us via our feedback form.

See More Timelines that are Different: 01 | 02 | 03

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST

We have already explored two timelines that are different than the typical straight-line timelines you usually encounter in PowerPoint slides. And while straight timelines are great, and must be used if you have ten or more time values, there are opportunities when you can benefit from a differently styled timeline.

Our third, different timeline is from PoweredTemplate, a slide vendor based out of London, UK. My contact was Joanna Miller.

Look at this timeline template carefully. PoweredTemplate calls this a Timeline Concept.

Timeline Concept PoweredTemplate

You can use up to six time values. The slide you see above uses a year for each time value, but you could use any other value you want. Notice that the timeline has been represented by bars that seem stacked up a wall, or rather two walls to create a 3D illusion. This allows you to add two text descriptions for each time value.

Timeline Concept PoweredTemplate

The actual deck you download has many more timeline variations included. There are 8 slides using both light and dark background variations.

Template Link | Aspect Ratio: Standard (4:3) Only

If you have found a timeline template that's different than others, do let us know by adding a comment. Also, if you are a vendor who wants their templates to be featured as part of this series, do get in touch with us via our feedback form.

See More Timelines that are Different: 01 | 02

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Friday, May 20, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST

A while ago, Microsoft discontinued their hugely popular Clip Art collection that allowed you to search and insert visual content right from within PowerPoint without having to pay anything extra. Even better, most of the time you never had to worry about licensing since Microsoft made those available to you as part of an option within their own program.

And now Microsoft has have teamed up with Pickit, a Swedish resource of pictures.

Pickit

Don't expect to choose the Pictures or the Online Pictures option from the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and then find an option to search and insert pictures from Pickit. The process works a little differently. Tom Kuhlmann of Articulate has a detailed post. Additionally, Articulate also posted a video to easily explain the process:

And the folks from Pickit have created a small video that explains how you can use their add-in inside PowerPoint.

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