Info-things on PowerPoint usage including tips, techniques and tutorials.
By Barrera Alcova
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Each of us at least once came across the fact that when viewing a presentation, we wanted to close the slideshow after the first two slides. Most of the presentations are boring and tiresome.
If you want to create a presentation of your idea, advertising offer, or technology, you need to figure out how to present the information so that the audience will be interested.
Not everyone can boast of the skill of creating an engaging and intriguing presentation. You don’t need to be a professional designer to get the result you want. The main thing is to study the main stages.
In this article, we’ll show you how to make the process easier and share tips for creating an immersive slideshow.
Today, we are going to look at a tool from ShapeFactory that lets you create a logo. So, you go to the ShapeFactory site. And you click on this option that lets you create a new logo.
It asks us to type in a business name. So I’m using a fictional consultancy business called Tomato Rice Enterprises.
Let’s get started. So you’re asked to select a wordmark. Essentially, you have to decide what sort of typeface you want to use for the logo. The ShapeFactory folks call this a wordmark since you’re designing a logo, but you need to look beyond just a logo at this point in time because your type identity will extend beyond a logo because you will need a body typeface or font that can complement your wordmark. So, choose your options carefully. Also, your sphere of business is important here. Your wordmark should work with your work area. A restaurant will need a different identity than an engineering company. Our imaginary company, Tomato Rice Enterprises, is a consulting business. So we’ll go for something which is confident yet understated. So let’s explore. Some very nice options here, but let’s scroll down a little more and see if we can find something better.
In the previous part of this Presentation Management series of posts, we explored how you can organize content for story presentations. In this part, we look at how the presentations of the future will work.
If you think about it, over the past century humans have been forced to adapt to technology and the structure it creates. It’s not “normal” to work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or write by typing on a QWERTY keyboard. Presentations are another example. We create linear slide decks, then conform our work conversations to the deck because that’s the way the technology works, by showing us one slide at a time, in order. It’s not the way we’d naturally talk and discuss a topic, but if we want to use technology, we have to do it technology’s way.
In this century, technology is increasingly conforming to the way humans do things. Like, we can talk to our devices instead of tapping on a tiny screen. Presentations are moving that way, too. In fact, it is the biggest change in the nature of business presentations since the advent of PowerPoint. For the first time, the technology and the linear presentation deck will no longer dictate the conversation and interaction.
Instead, the conversation will dictate the presentation. Thanks to voice recognition and artificial intelligence, the next generation of presentation technology will listen to what’s being said, comprehend the context in the room, know what visual content is available in the approved presentation management system, and automatically and instantly bring up visuals that fit the conversation at that moment. It’s almost like having a personal assistant at your side, listening and watching the room, and instantly finding and showing images that are exactly what’s needed in-the-moment.
PDFs are everywhere, from your computers to cloud locations. You may receive them as attachments in your email, but also as attachments in LinkedIn messages or WhatsApp conversations. And what do they contain? Almost anything, from documents to presentation slides, or even some with video and audio clips!
So, it goes without saying that you may have to create PDFs to share with others, and you may also have to edit some that you receive from others. You may also have to sign some agreements and contracts that show up as PDFs. While there are scores of PDF tools available including the Pro versions of Adobe’s Acrobat, most of us need a simple tool that makes these tasks easy and intuitive.
And that’s exactly what our review is all about—we will explore Smallpdf, a suite of PDF tools that do not even need to be installed on your systems because it’s browser-based. Of course, they do have mobile apps on iOS and Android if you want to make PDF edits on your phone. They also provide apps for Windows and Mac desktops and web extensions for Google Chrome, Google Workspace, and Dropbox. Did we mention that Smallpdf also includes its own cloud-based location?
In this review, we will explore Smallpdf’s repertoire of tools, and specifically look at Smallpdf’s eSign tool.
There are literally hundreds of PowerPoint add-ins out there, and they all plug into PowerPoint and ensure that you can do anything from inserting multiple pictures on your slide to sharing your slide content online. Others repurpose your slides so that your content can be reused in so many other ways. Of course, if I were to describe what PowerPoint add-ins can do, I would run out of pages to write and you would have no time to read the long post!
So, let’s look at add-ins that people tend to use every time they create slides. Yes, these are add-ins that you cannot live without and you cannot imagine using PowerPoint without them plugged in.
There are five add-ins that fit within this scope, and while one of them is free, one is freemium. The third one doesn’t cost much at all. The fourth is a little more expensive but it’s totally worth it. Finally, the last one is subscription-only. As you can see, not only have I found five of the best PowerPoint add-ins you can use every day, I also compiled this list in a way so that you will find at least one add-in that works for you. Of course, there’s no reason why you cannot use all five of them.
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