Question: Can you suggest any good software to create a stunning graphic element for my PowerPoint. I would like to try using 3D shapes instead of PowerPoint shapes.
Answer: Look at PowerPoint's 3D engine -- it is surprisingly powerful although not in the class of a 3D program. Another option is to download the public beta of Office 2007 -- the graphic engine is stunning.
Alternatively, do what professional presentation designers do all the time -- use Photoshop as a companion to PowerPoint!
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