Archive for November, 2010

PC and Mac Cross-Platform Templates.

Monday, November 29th, 2010

We’ve had several questions about  creating an animated PowerPoint on Mac computer and then playing it on a PC and vice-versa.   There has been a long running compatibility problem with video formats playing consistently across both platforms.  PowerPoint on the PC favored Windows Media Video (.WMV) and the Mac liked Quicktime (.MOV).  This was always a big drawback to using video in PowerPoint.

We are creating templates to accommodate each of these powerful programs, and there is a plugin available from a third party site if you are in need of compatibility solutions frequently.  The plugin is called flip4mac, and although it is not free ($30) it is an option if you need to work between the various platforms running Microsoft PowerPoint.  The link for flip4mac download is: http://download.cnet.com/Flip4Mac-WMV-Player/3000-13632_4-87679.html . However, the most economical solution for this compatibility at this time is to continue using supported platforms for both creation and presentation of the PowerPoint presentations.

 

New Real Estate Clipart

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

We’ve been getting a few requests from our subscribers for more real estate and housing images.  PresenterMedia co-owner Josh Doohen has been busy making some new 3D real estate clipart images.  I liked them so much I though I would feature them on our blog.

We use special 3D image programs to create these images and then remove the backgrounds so they will seamlessly fit over any type of background or in any document.

The missing piece in the housing market.

Puzzle piece clipart is super popular. Use this real estate image to illustrate a missing piece of the market, or a key ingredient in finding a new home.

A row of stylized homes.

These 3D rendered images are reminiscent of game pieces.  A great image to illustrate the concept of a housing market or a block of homes for sale.

One house highlighted.

The color of our clipart images can be modified.  For example, by using the HUE slider in our clipart customizer you could change the color of the red house in the above graphic.

The parts of the housing market.

More puzzle pieces.   This has been a popular image to illustrate the various pieces that go in to the purchase of a home or different aspects of the real estate market.

You can view all our 3D clipart for PowerPoint here. Our clipart will work on web pages or other software applications as well.

Templates for Mac PowerPoint 2011

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

PowerPoint 2011 for Mac is new and it is good.  It takes all the best things from PowerPoint 2010 and incorporates them into an awesome presentation system for the Mac.

So how does PowerPoint 2011 work with our animated templates you ask?  Very well indeed.  You can simply download any of the templates for PowerPoint 2011.  No more linked video files.  All the files are embedded directly in the templates.

 

Mac PowerPoint 2008

You can also use our templates with Mac PowerPoint 2008. If you experience any difficulties getting the template to animate properly, make sure PowerPoint 2008 is up to date by completing the following:

Our animated templates require that Mac PowerPoint 2008 is running certian updates and bug fixes that Microsoft has released over the last couple of years.  If you are experiencing difficulty with the animations playing properly, most likely the cause is your software need to be updated.  This is a simple process.  In PowerPoint 2008, click the help tab on the top bar, and then select “Check for Updates”.  Be sure to install any updates you are missing.  Restart your computer after any updates.

PowerPoint 2008 Check for Updates

Checking for Updates in PowerPoint 2008


Discover the future of PowerPoint presentations with our animated templates for PC and Mac versions of PowerPoint.  Here are some examples of the newest animated templates we have created.


Puzzle Piece Pie Chart
An animated PowerPoint template
by PresenterMedia artist Judd Albrecht.
Download this template for Mac PowerPoint 2011 here.


Business Skyscrapers
An animated PowerPoint template
by PresenterMedia artist Josh Doohen.
Download this template for PowerPoint here.

Combine Slides from Multiple PowerPoint Templates

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

We’ve had questions about the possibility of combining several of our templates into one presentation.  Essentially, how do you mix and match slides from different animated templates?

It’s actually very easy to do if you are using PowerPoint 2007 or newer.  I’ve put together a video tutorial about how to use the “Reuse Slides” function in PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2007 to combine slides from various templates.

Click Play to watch Video Tutorial

Note For Combining Several Animated Templates Together.

Remember that the more animated templates you combine the larger your presentation will become.  A number of video files will make your presentation quite bulky.  This could be a problem if you are distributing the completed presentation.

Please leave a comment if you find this tutorial helpful or have any questions.

You can download the templates used in this video here.

Mac PowerPoint 2008 and 2011 instructions.

In Mac PowerPoint, inserting slides from other presentations or templates work pretty much the same way but the command is labeled differently.  The function is located under the “Insert” menu.  Look for Insert/Slides From/Other Presentations.  See screen shot below:

Insert slide from other presentation Mac PowerPoint

Insert Slides from other presentations in Mac PowerPoint 2008 and 2011

In the slide finder, be sure to check “Keep Design of Original Slide” to retain the formatting, animations and other graphic elements.  Otherwise PowerPoint will only copy the text and not slides design.

Insert Slides from other Presentations

Check Keep Design of Original Slides