As great a tool as Powerpoint is, there’s no escaping the fact that it can amazingly boring if in the wrong hands. This can detract from the content and make the viewers think that is as mind-numbing as 672 slides, where the text is exactly the same as the speaker’s audio.
So by rights if we can make it funky, awesome, cool and interesting then these attributes will be applied to your content..and that can only be a good thing surely?
“pptPlex is a plug-in that explores an alternate method for presenting a PowerPoint slide deck. Using pptPlex, you can present your slides as a tour through a zoomable canvas instead of a series of linear slides.”
I’ve been using pptPlex to update some of my internal training presentations for the sales teams, and it really does work! It’s a breeze to use, does what it says on the tin and is free 🙂
Microsoft Office 2007 is a great package…Outlook 2007 is much more efficient and user friendly, there are loads of new features in all the Office elements (Word, Excel etc) and my favourite part-OneNote 2007-will get it’s own post soon (I hope!) However, If you’re one of the people who hasn’t been able to upgrade yet,for whatever reason (corporate policy, fear, apathy, incorrect planetary alignments etc), it can be a problem when you receive a file saved in the 2007 format (docx, xlsx, pptx etc) and you can’t open it. Getting the file re-sent in the 2003 format takes time and doesn’t always look good..well help is at hand.
The Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats lets older versions of Office (back to 2000) open the new 2007 formats and can be downloaded from:
Recently I’ve had a few people asking about MUI packs with Vista and it can be a bit confusing for all of us. As I hope this blog will become more well read than the Meditations of Mr Aurelius/Heat magazine I thought I’d post up the info here as a handy reference guide 🙂
MUI’s are only available with Vista Enterprise (Vista Business with Software Assurance) or Vista Ultimate, so OEM Vista Business isn’t eligible. Unless, you buy OEM Vista Business and then enroll it into Software Assurance.
The alternative is to download the LIP (Language Interface Pack), which is free and provides “a translated version of the most widely used areas of the user interface.” This means it does leave some areas in the “Parent Language” so for example if you had English Vista with a French LIP..some bits would still show up in English.
The CrBlackberry is pretty prevalent in the corporate world these days whether we like it or not, so Microsoft have just released a Blackberry client for OCS 2007-their brilliant Unified Communications software.
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 for your BlackBerry Smartphone
BlackBerry® Client for use with Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 allows you to engage in immediate interactive communication while you’re on the go. Exchange text messages with other Microsoft® Office Communicator users on your BlackBerry® smartphone*, whether they’re using a desktop computer, BlackBerry smartphone or other mobile device.
Enjoy Familiar Features Wirelessly
Enjoy a desktop-like experience on your BlackBerry smartphone, with features and functionality you’re already familiar with from Microsoft Office Communicator. There’s no need to compromise just because you are away from your computer.
Initiate and manage group chat sessions of three or more participants from your smartphone
View the presence status of contacts, such as online, busy, do not disturb, be right back, away or appear offline and set your own status to inform others of your availability
Enjoy a synchronized contact list, with the same contacts available on your BlackBerry smartphone and your computer
Find contacts quickly with the quick find function and picture association
Receive alerts when team members become available
Communicate more effectively with emoticons
Integrates with other BlackBerry Smartphone Applications
You will also enjoy tight integration with other applications on your BlackBerry smartphone:
Set your presence status from your home screen icon
View the presence status of contacts directly from your address book
Check your spelling and edit autotext on your instant messages
Initiate phone calls or browser sessions directly from phone numbers or URLs embedded in instant messages