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Thursday, September 17, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Videos are everywhere. How many people read recipes rather than viewing recipe videos on YouTube? How many people want to buy a book to learn how to use a cool new PowerPoint feature rather than watching a demo in a video? The answers are obvious: everyone these days would rather watch a video than reading or just listening because videos are more than reading and listening–they also encompass showing!

And that’s the reason why many users, including first-time video-creators, are looking for a video editing software that’s not going to burn a hole in their pockets, but still, be capable to create and capture their ideas. If the video editing software is easy to use, that’s an amazing bonus. So, let us see if our review product for today, EaseUS Video Editor fulfills these requirements?

My contact at EaseUS for this review was Miley Shen. Thank you for coordinating, Miley.

Download and Install EaseUS Video Editor

You can download the installer for EaseUS Video Editor from the EaseUS site. If you have already bought a full-licensed version, the link to the installer can also be found in the email you received after buying. Alternatively, if you want to test the video editing software from EaseUS before making a decision, they provide a fully-working trial version that you can again download from their site.

Once you install and run EaseUS Video Editor, the first screen you see is shown in Figure 1, below. You need to choose whether you want to create a 9:16 Portrait video, a 16:9 Widescreen video, or a 4:3 Traditional video. We chose the 16:9 Widescreen video option.

EaseUS Video Editor Launch Screen
Figure 1: EaseUS Video Editor Launch Screen

Next, you will see the EaseUS Video Editor interface, as shown in Figure 2, below. You will see some helpful indicators such as asking you to Import videos, photos, and music. Notice also the prominent orange-colored Upgrade button on the top-right. We will look at the Upgrade option later in this review.

EaseUS Video Editor interface
Figure 2: EaseUS Video Editor interface

Using EaseUS Video Editor

To use EaseUS Video Editor, you need to start with some footage such as video clips or images. We imported two video clips, sourced from Pexels, as shown in Figure 3, below.

Media Import in EaseUS Video Editor
Figure 3: Media Import in EaseUS Video Editor

We now dragged both these clips to the Timeline area. Note that you can zoom in and out within this area using the zoom icons highlighted in red within Figure 4, below.

Timeline in EaseUS Video Editor
Figure 4: Timeline in EaseUS Video Editor

Notice also the Preview area highlighted in blue within Figure 4 above, where you can always play and see what your end results will look like.

Next, we added the Golden Snow Element from the Elements Pane, shown in Figure 5. Hundreds of such elements are pre-built within the program.

Adding Elements
Figure 5: Adding Elements

We finally added a music clip from options available within the program, as can be seen in the Timeline within Figure 6.

Added Music to the Timeline
Figure 6: Added Music to the Timeline

Finally, we clicked the Export option above the Timeline to bring up the Export dialog box that you see in Figure 7, below.

EaseUS Video Export options
Figure 7: EaseUS Video Export options

You can export to many file formats such as MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, and animated GIFs. For each of these formats, you can choose to output to various resolutions. Some options are only available to VIPs, as shown in Figure 8, below. These indicate that you have upgraded from the free version of EaseUS Video Editor. We happily upgraded from the free version because doing so also removes the EaseUS Video Editor watermark from exported videos.

Advanced Export options
Figure 8: Advanced Export options

Our finished MP4 file took a few minutes to render.

Exporting
Figure 9: Exporting

Conclusion

So, what’s our verdict about EaseUS Video Editor? First of all, this video editing software is easy to use, not too expensive, and it hand-holds you with options so that means a diminished learning curve. But, you cannot ignore the amazing amount of elements, transitions, effects, music, and other assets that are included within EaseUS Video Editor. It is EaseUS Video Editor’s plethora of such generous options with bundles of hundreds of such media assets within the program that makes it so easy to use. It’s also a one-stop destination for creating video content.

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Friday, August 28, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

We last reviewed iSpring Suite 8 in 2016, and it’s been a while since then. During this time, the folks at iSpring have added a multitude of features to their flagship program, and it seems like a good time to review the new iSpring Suite 9.7.

My contact at iSpring Solutions Inc. for this review was Maria Varankina. Thank you for coordinating, Maria.

Download and Install iSpring Suite 9.7

You can download the installer for iSpring Suite from the iSpring site. If you have already bought a full- licensed version, the link to the installer can be found within your account on the iSpring site. Alternatively, if you want to test the product before making a decision, iSpring provides a fully-working 14-day trial version that you can again download from their site.

Once the installation is completed, you will be surprised to see the sheer breadth of programs installed. I found 12 shortcuts in the iSpring Suite 9 folder in the Windows Start menu, as can be seen in Figure 1, below.

iSpring 9 Start menu group
Figure 1: iSpring 9 Start menu group

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Original content by AlexAnndra Ontra and James Ontra
Enhanced by Geetesh Bajaj

In the last part of this Presentation Management series of posts, we looked at strategies to collect and use the content for presentation management. In this part, we look at the life cycle of a presentation, which can be surprisingly much longer and more expansive than what many of us imagine.

Our presentations never finish, says Bob Davis, associate vice president of marketing for HealthTrust Purchasing Group, the purchasing division for HCA Healthcare, which operates 178 hospitals and 119 surgical centers throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

In presentation management, files are never done. Instead, they evolve, just like the businesses they represent. Slides and decks continually morph and adjust to the market and to the world in which the business operates. The companies and organizations that get the most out of presentation management evolve their content through a constant lifecycle – or what we call The Wheel.

The Wheel looks like this:

Lifecycle of a Presentation

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

There are two reasons for converting a PDF to an editable PowerPoint file:

  1. You or someone else created a PDF from the PowerPoint file, and then, lost the original PowerPoint file due to data loss, or just inadvertently deleted the file. Yes, these things happen more often than we believe.
  2. You received a PDF with a hundred photos from a client who wants you to put them within a PowerPoint presentation. If not photos, you need slides that look exactly like the PDF pages!

To work conventionally in any of the two situations mentioned above is a long process. You will have to manually copy and paste, and even then, the results will be far from satisfactory. You clearly need a better option to resolve this problem. Fortunately, the subject of our review today is CleverPDF, a product that can achieve surprisingly great results with good fidelity in the converted PowerPoint file. Even better, there’s nothing to install because CleverPDF can work in your web browser. And we haven’t told you the best part: this entire program is free.

For this review, my contact at CleverPDF was Terry Kam. Thank you, Terry, for patiently responding with answers to my many questions.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 7:46 pm

By Barrera Alcova

This post is not really about PowerPoint and presenting, but it is about keeping your files and data safe, including your PowerPoint content”

Keeping your valuable data like important documents, passwords, financial and other personal information safe and protected from outsider has long been a priority of businesses and organizations, but it’s increasingly significant for consumers and individuals to understand the importance of data protection and sound practices to keep your sensitive personal information safe and secure.

Keep Your Data Safe
Image: Pickit

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