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Video technology is changing as we speak, and as you read this content. Yes, change is rapid, and sometimes, it can be difficult to stay in touch with these advances. So, it is awesome if your video editing tool updates itself to take advantage of new technologies, and also integrates new ideas as part of your presentation and video creation workflow. Our review product, DemoCreator 6 is adept with new technologies and ideas and is perfect for existing DemoCreator users. If you’ve never used DemoCreator before, you’ll be glad to know that it is a perfect initial step for new and wannabe presentation video editors.
Before we proceed with the rest of this review, here is a quick walkthrough video of the new features in DemoCreator 6.
DemoCreator is from Wondershare, a company based in Hong Kong that creates media programs. You can download a trial version of this presentation software from their site. My contact at Wondershare for this review was Shawna. Thank you, Shawna.
In the previous part of this Presentation Management series of posts, we explored the future of presenting. In this concluding part, we will look back and paraphrase what we learned.
We’ve been presenting to each other before the word “present” ever made it into our vernacular. And we’ve forced ourselves to adjust and adapt to whatever technology was available at the time.
Cave paintings were likely the earliest form of presentation. Moses’ Ten Commandments on two stone tablets were a form of presentation. Today, they might very well be two slides with five bullet points each. Then we evolved to paintings on wood and canvas, to still life photography and four-color printing, and then video.
Today, we are going to explore how you can quickly create Harvey balls within PowerPoint using think-cell. Before we explore how to do so, let’s do a quick recap about what Harvey balls are, and where think-cell fits within the picture. Harvey balls are round ideograms or pictograms that show different states of a ball with quarters added or subtracted to attain five states between start and completion. They have been named after Harvey L. Poppel, who started using them in the 1970s. They are often used in business reports, documents, and presentations because they show progressive data at a quick glance.
We have a detailed article on Harvey balls, which also tells you how you can create them in PowerPoint.
PresenterMedia is a vendor of PowerPoint and presentation-related design assets that you can use in your slides in many ways. They are based in Sioux Falls, SD, United States, and we have featured them frequently on this site before. Recently, they announced the updated PresenterMedia add-in for PowerPoint, which provides access to all their assets right inside PowerPoint without having to go to their website and download them individually.
It won’t be unusual to say that think-cell is among the most full-featured PowerPoint add-ins out there. This add-in has been licensed to nearly a million users in over 23,000 organizations worldwide, and there are a large number of business professionals who would not be comfortable creating slides without think-cell installed. In fact, it’s quite normal for PowerPoint trainers to be asked to impart training in think-cell as well.
think-cell is one of those programs that’s like a habit. Users across organizations have been trained to use its powerful features to create aesthetic, well-laid slides that live up to company-branding standards. These users are now used to working a certain way. Let’s compare them with typical PowerPoint users who haven’t worked much with think-cell yet. They are not so well-versed with think-cell’s interface elements, which are not too PowerPoint-like. So yes, there’s that initial period when think-cell newbies get a little intimidated with its interface and features. However, if they are persistent, they discover the amazing potential that think-cell provides, helping them create slides that would take hours in mere minutes.
On the other hand, I have witnessed over the last few releases of think-cell, a distinct improvement in making the product more friendly to new users. This is a welcome move that’s sure to attract many more users. In addition, think-cell’s features keep getting more powerful.
Finally, there’s a perception that think-cell’s licensing terms are more oriented towards larger organizations rather than towards individual presentation designers or freelancers. How true is that perception? We will find out soon.
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