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Friday, November 25, 2016
posted by Geetesh at 15:35 PM IST

Often, you might want to convert your PowerPoint slides, handouts, or notes to a PDF that can be distributed. The biggest advantage of creating a PDF is that it can be viewed on any platform: Windows, Mac, or Linux — and it can also be password protected. Additionally, fonts can be embedded too. There are some disadvantages too because animations and transitions are not normally supported.

Most versions of PowerPoint now include built-in conversion to Adobe’s Portable Document Format. Explore more in the following tutorials:

Using the Office 2007 Save as PDF Add-in

Getting Office 2007’s Save as PDF Add-in

Here are more tutorials:

PowerPoint to Secure PDF

Create PDFs containing Animation and Multimedia using Adobe Presenter

PowerPoint to PDF

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Monday, October 10, 2016
posted by Geetesh at 13:51 PM IST

Once you place a Shape on a PowerPoint slide, you may format it by changing its fill or outline — or you may add animation to it. Later if you realize that you used a wrong form — maybe you used a Star in place of a Triangle, you may be tempted to delete the original Shape altogether and start from scratch by adding a new one, and change its fill and add animation to it. Fortunately, you can replace shapes in PowerPoint. Explore more in the following tutorials.

Microsoft Windows

Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Change One AutoShape to Another in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

Apple Mac OS X

Replace One Shape to Another in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Change Shape in PowerPoint

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Friday, September 30, 2016
posted by Geetesh at 14:48 PM IST

Do you have a fancy font used in your slides that won’t show up on other computers? You can convert any such PowerPoint text to shapes!

There are two methods of converting textual content into forms in PowerPoint. One is the Intersect method, in which the entire text is converted into a single shape — think of each paragraph or multiple paragraphs as a separate shape. And the other method is Fragment which results into converting the textual content to multiple individual shapes — think of each alphabet as a separate shape. Explore more in the following tutorials.

Microsoft Windows

Convert Text to Shapes by Intersecting in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Convert Text to Shapes by Intersecting in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Converting PowerPoint Text to Shapes

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Friday, September 30, 2016
posted by Geetesh at 14:46 PM IST

Did you know that PowerPoint allows you to embed fonts in your presentations? OK, this actually may not work most of the time because of some limitations–and you must be aware of these limitations. On the other hand, when this option does work, it can be very beneficial.

Here are some tutorials and other content on Indezine related to embedding fonts:

October 12, 2016 — Embed Fonts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

March 16, 2016 — Presentation Font Embedder: Conversation with Ari Leviatan

September 6, 2004 — This presentation cannot be edited because it contains a read-only embedded font

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
posted by Geetesh at 16:40 PM IST

Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown is Founder and Chief Human Potentialist of Sunni Brown Ink, an international consultancy supporting organizational problem-solving around communication, creativity and culture. She was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company. She is a global public speaker and the best-selling author of Gamestorming and The Doodle Revolution. Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than a million views and her work has been featured in such major U.S. publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, WIRED and Entrepreneur.

Here is a list of her features on Indezine:

September 29, 2016 — Presentation Summit 2016: Conversation with Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown

Follow Sunni Brown on Twitter

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
posted by Geetesh at 20:52 PM IST

Taylor Croonquist

Taylor Croonquist is the co-founder of Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, a website delivering actionable PowerPoint training and speed strategies, helping professionals cut their build time in a third. Prior to Nuts & Bolts, Taylor lived and worked in China for 10 years in finance and consulting. When he’s not busy crafting PowerPoint training, you can find him traveling and scuba diving.

Here’s a list of links on Indezine.com where he has been featured:

September 22, 2016 — Presentation Summit 2016: Conversation

December 15, 2015 — PowerPoint on Cruise Control: Conversation

September 21, 2015 — Outstanding Presentations 2015: Conversation with Taylor Croonquist

September 11, 2015 — Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Taylor Croonquist

November 19, 2014 — Create a Waterfall Chart in PowerPoint 2013

Taylor Croonquist

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
posted by Geetesh at 19:14 PM IST

Ryan Orcutt

Ryan Orcutt joined Duarte in 2004 as a graduate of Chico State’s School of Communication Design and now contributes as Associate Creative Director. His 12-year tenure has allowed him to help some of the world’s most influential speakers craft, visualize and deliver some of today’s most compelling and persuasive visual stories. Ryan’s skill lies in his ability to combine his natural abilities as a visual thinker, storyteller and designer. If you dropped in at Duarte headquarters, you’d most likely find him leading a client workshop, drawing a storyboard or bar tending the Friday afternoon happy hour.

Here’s a list of links on Indezine.com where he has been featured:

Presentation Summit 2016: Conversation with Ryan Orcutt

Ryan Orcutt

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Friday, August 26, 2016
posted by Geetesh at 16:32 PM IST

Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson (Microsoft MVP, CPP APMP Fellow) is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert and a multi-published, award-winning author. He regularly contributes articles and conducts educational seminars to companies like Microsoft, Motorola, Dell, Xerox, and Lockheed Martin as well as at learning institutions, government agencies, and conferences around the world. Mike owns a design education company, Billion Dollar Graphics, a creative services firm, 24 Hour Company, and authored a successful visual communication book, Do-It-Yourself Billion Dollar Graphics.

Here’s a list of links on Indezine.com where he has been featured:

August 26, 2016  — Presentation Summit 2016: Conversation with Mike Parkinson

September 18, 2015 — Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Mike Parkinson

October 15, 2014 — Mike Parkinson at the Presentation Summit 2014

October 31, 2011  — Using Charts in PowerPoint: Conversation with Mike Parkinson

February 2, 2011  — The Powerful Presentation Graphics Guarantee

Mike Parkinson

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
posted by Geetesh at 15:30 PM IST

Emma Bannister

Emma Bannister has seen the shift in the culture of presentations over the years: endless bullet points don’t engage audiences. But does slapping stock images on slides change anything? Or is there a new way? With over two decades of Visual Design experience, and ten years as founder and CEO at Presentation Studio, Emma is a presentation skills coach and blogger. Passionate that powerful presentations consist of more than just visual design – she teaches a new way of thinking – Visual ThinkingTM.

Here is a list of her features on Indezine:

August 23, 2016 — Presentation Summit 2016: Conversation with Emma Bannister

Emma Bannister

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