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Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 : Extending PowerPoint with Third-Party Software - Getting Creative with Third-Party Templates, Backgrounds, and Clip Art

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Getting Creative with Third-Party Templates, Backgrounds, and Clip Art

Even though PowerPoint and Microsoft Office Online (http://office.microsoft.com) offer an extensive array of templates, backgrounds, and clip art to use in your presentations, sometimes you just want something different.

The good news is that numerous third-party providers offer collections of templates, clip art, and more. You’re sure to find the exact match for your presentation needs. Here are some interesting places to start:

  • CrystalGraphics PowerPlugs (www.crystalgraphics.com) are a series of PowerPoint plug-ins that enhance the quality of PowerPoint presentations. PowerPlugs include video backgrounds, transitions, charts, pictures, Flash animations, templates, TV-style 3-D titles, shapes, presentation shells, photo animations, and music.

  • Clipart.com (www.clipart.com) offers a vast collection of more than 10 million objects, including clip art, photos, fonts, and sounds. Clipart.com is available by subscription, with timeframes ranging from one week to one year.

  • Presentation Pro (www.presentationpro.com) sells a bundle of 18,000 templates, graphics, and icons suited for PowerPoint presentations and several other PowerPoint tools.

  • Ppted.com (www.ppted.com) offers another extensive collection of PowerPoint templates and backgrounds.


Enhancing Your PowerPoint Experience with External Hardware

Software isn’t the only option for third-party PowerPoint tools. There are also several unique hardware solutions that solve common problems and make delivering PowerPoint presentations a more productive experience.

Impatica ShowMate

The Impatica ShowMate (www.impatica.com) is a small device that connects your Blackberry handheld device to a projector, enabling you to deliver a PowerPoint presentation without the need for a bulky computer. This plug-and-present solution works with the Impatica for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which enables you to view PowerPoint presentations on Blackberry devices (including animations, slide transitions, rich text, and hyperlinks). The ShowMate also comes with a Bluetooth USB adapter for wireless use with Bluetooth-enabled Blackberry devices.

Papershow

The Papershow Kit (www.papershow.com) contains a Bluetooth digital pen, USB key loaded with software, and interactive paper that transmits to your screen, all bundled in a case that fits in your pocket. You can import your PowerPoint presentation into Papershow, print it on the interactive paper, and then annotate your presentations on a screen.

TurningPoint

TurningPoint (www.turningtechnologies.com) is a PowerPoint add-in that works with wireless keypads to form an audience response system you can use in real-time during your presentations. Members of your audience receive a credit card-sized ResponseCard keypad that they click in response to an interactive polling slide in your PowerPoint presentation. The results are submitted to a wireless receiver, which you can then share with your audience or analyze for reporting purposes.

Audience response systems such as TurningPoint are popular in both the corporate and education markets. TurningPoint offers several additional features specifically for use in schools and universities, including the ability to integrate special ExamView questions into your PowerPoint presentation.


Laser Mouse

The Laser Mouse (www.lasermouse.com) is a long-range wireless remote mouse with a built-in laser pointer. It’s designed specifically with the delivery of PowerPoint presentations in mind, with a navigation disk and slide advance button.

Integrating PowerPoint with Twitter

The use of Twitter during conference and other large presentations is on the rise. Rather than having your audience’s commentary take place solely on this backchannel, you can become part of it and integrate Twitter into your presentation. This section introduces you to two innovative ways to do just that.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere (www.polleverywhere.com) enables you to maximize the use of Twitter during a live presentation by polling your audience.

To start, you ask your audience a question—either a multiple choice question or an open-ended question. They respond via Twitter, SMS text message, a smartphone’s web browser, or a computer’s web browser. Finally, you can display real-time poll results directly in your PowerPoint presentation.

SAP PowerPoint Twitter Tools

SAP (www.sapweb20.com/blog/powerpoint-twitter-tools) has released a series of free PowerPoint Twitter tools that increase audience interactivity during your presentations. These include

  • PowerPoint Twitter feedback slides, which display tweets on PowerPoint slides during your presentation, with the capability to filter spam or any content you don’t want to share.

  • PowerPoint AutoTweet, which enables you to tweet key points during your presentation.

  • PowerPoint Twitter voting, with real-time results displayed in bar charts and pie charts.

  • PowerPoint Twitter ticker bar that displays the last 10 tweets at the bottom of your presentation slides.

  • PowerPoint mood meter, enabling your audience to communicate their agreement or disagreement with key presentation points.

  • PowerPoint crowd meter, to monitor and display the crowd noise in your room.

  • PowerPoint zoom text, which zooms text on your screen.

  • PowerPoint Twitter update bar.

 
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