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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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Tuesday, July 7, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Original content by AlexAnndra Ontra and James Ontra
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In the last part of this Presentation Management series of posts, we explored how training can start your conversation about presentation management. In this part, we look at how your presentation management strategy can only be as good as the content you collect and provide.

Your presentation management strategy is only as good as the content provided.

Systems, protocols, features, functions, cutting-edge technology, and good intentions are all great. But content is king! Both U.S. Bank and Cooper Standard introduced slide libraries with the best content – branded, up to date, accurate, well-designed, well-written content. When word got out at U.S. Bank that there was a library that had all the good content, and all you had to do was drag and drop, requests for access increased and the presentation management mentality started to spread.

Content is how you balance the enterprise with the individual – the strategic with the tactical.

You can start from scratch and create all-new content. Luckily, that’s not a requirement. Most of this content, enterprise and tactical, already exists. It’s already saved on your network somewhere, embedded in other presentations, brochures, videos, etc. So it’s a matter of identifying it and then including it in your presentation management initiative.

Collect Content

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Monday, June 1, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Original content by AlexAnndra Ontra and James Ontra
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In the last part of this Presentation Management series of posts, we explored the culture of presentation content management. In this part, we look at how proper training can help overcome many challenges.

Training provides a two-fold opportunity.

  1. First, it teaches the users how to use the new platform—click here, drag and drop there, etc.
  2. Second, training provides an opportunity to help your team embrace this new communication strategy called presentation management.

Training Starts the Conversation

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Thursday, May 14, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

A reader asked how they could create a custom Theme in PowerPoint and share it with others in their company.

Now, creating a Theme is a specialized art and although you can technically create a Theme or template, it’s not the same as commissioning a subject-matter expert to create one for you. Now that I have provided this caveat, let’s get to the part where you can create a Theme.

To create a custom Theme, you will have to start with a basic Theme such as the default Office Theme. This is applied when you choose the Blank Presentation option in the Presentation Gallery within PowerPoint, as can be seen in Figure 1, below.

Blank Presentation
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