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Timelines that are Different - 04

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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Monday, May 09, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST

Timelines are graphics that show a sequential happening of events—these events may be in the past, the present, or the future. Typical timeline graphics emulate a ruler-style measurement bar with text captions. The problem with these timelines is that they all look the same! If you have seen one, you have seen them all.

We already looked at a timeline slide that looked a little unconventional in the first post in this series. And now we will explore another timeline slide, from another vendor. This one is not only different in concept and appearance than the first sample we saw—but it is also different than the hundreds of other timeline slides you may have encountered.

Our second timeline sample is from My Product Roadmap, a UK-based design agency. My contact was Jon Heathcote.

Explore this particular slide template for a timeline. My Product Roadmap calls this a Ten Step Timeline.

Timeline My Product Roadmap Milestone Timeline

Each of the ten steps is identified as a milestone, and a grayed out version that shows just one step active is also part of the template, as shown in the figure below.

Timeline My Product Roadmap Milestone Timeline

I suggest you use all the grayed out milestones in your slide, and then animate-in the colored milestones one after the other to use this template with even more impact.

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.

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Friday, May 06, 2016
posted by Geetesh on 9:45 AM IST

PowerPoint makes it easy to create info diagrams, and the SmartArt feature is awesome. Yet, there are times when PowerPoint's offerings need to be supplemented by third-party content. Timelines are a great example, and this is the first in a series that will explore timeline slides.

While you can quickly create a timeline in PowerPoint using available shapes, it's always more interesting if your timelines look different. Why? That's because if you want your content to stand out in a crowd, it must be different. Audiences get bored of slides that look the same, and some people in the audience may even be unconsciously not receptive to the straight-line timeline that most PowerPoint users create!

We explored the collections of all slide template vendors, and found 7 timeline graphics that win brownie points for being different. Our first, different timeline comes from SlideTeam, among the largest resources of PowerPoint slide content, with offices in the United States and India. My contact was Akash Bathla

Look at this particular slide template for a timeline. SlideTeam calls it a GPS Road Map : )

Timeline SlideTeam GPS Road Map

Although you could ideally use it as a GPS Road Map, there's nothing preventing you from using this template in any slide scenario that calls for a simple, 6 step timeline. You can also use it for timelines that require 4 or 5 steps by deleting extra timeline stops.

You will notice that each timeline stop is a map pin, and these pins are all native PowerPoint objects that can be customized as required. The template you download from SlideTeam has specific instructions for such customizations, as shown in the figure below.

Customization instructions for Timeline SlideTeam GPS Road Map

While the slides you download are not animated, each map pin/timeline stop is an individual object, as are all the text boxes. You can, therefore, animate these in sequence as required. Also, all objects on the slide can be recolored, and instructions to do so are included as part of the template slides.

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.

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