Managing large-scale animations in Powerpoint

August 11, 2010

WARNING: Using animation in slides can be dangerous for your audience’s health!!!

Of course animations should be sensible, and NEVER should be done without a reason.  One acceptable reason, in my opinion is to “build a more complex picture in such a way that it is still comprehensible by the audience.  BUT have you ever tried building a complex slide with animation? If you did, you’d agree that it can be a pain in the butt.

Today, however I have learnt something neat from a re-post on Jan Schultink’s blog (link to the original post): how one can selective hide objects so that they are not in your way. While experimenting with this on Powerpoint 2010 I found another feature which I always wish I had (and it probably was in 2007 as well). So here is how it works:
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Cropping to a shape in Powerpoint

August 9, 2010

Powerpoint 2010 seems to have some interesting new features (or alternatively they’ve been well-hidden from me in previous versions).  Today I want to introduce you to a basic principle – cropping a picture to a shape rather than the normal rectangle. Read the rest of this entry »

Good presentations can’t salvage bad content

July 25, 2010

The number of presentations in the world must be staggering.  I would not know how to estimate it, but thinking about presentations made me think that we can classify any presentation in one of four quadrants: Read the rest of this entry »

Blaming technology… oh so convenient!

April 29, 2010

Bad workmen blame their tools

Lately I have seen several mentions to bad, bad Powerpoint…  A conference bans the use of Powerpoint, the NY Times has a front page article portraying Powerpoint as the enemy…  But how much of the blame can really be attributed to Powerpoint…?
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Only 60% of students find their lectures boring?!

April 14, 2010

A guardian article says “almost 60% of students find at least half their lectures boring – with about 30% claiming to find most or all of their lectures boring.”

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