Archive for April, 2011

Matching Animation Background Color

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Welcome to another Getting Started video tutorial.   We hope these tutorials help you get the most out of your PresenterMedia subscription.

In most cases using the clear background versions of our PowerPoint animations work great.  But in some software, such as Flash, clear animations are not supported.  Here are a few examples when customizing the background color of our animations may be needed.

  • Using a Flash (SWF) animation in Captivate or Articulate
  • Using an animated gif with Keynote on the Mac
  • To get the best image quality possible.

Our customizer application makes it possible to exactly match the background color of an animation to the background of your project.

Press the play button to view a video on how to use PresenterMedia’s customizer to change background colors.

Covered in this video:

  • Finding the exact color value of your presentation’s background.
  • Applying the exact color to a PresenterMedia PowerPoint animation’s background.

If you have any questions, please feel free to use the comments section or our contact form.

Microsoft Security Update PowerPoint 2003

Monday, April 25th, 2011

A recent security update from Microsoft for PowerPoint 2003 (KB2464588) is causing numerous problems.  People who have installed this update have discovered that they are not able to open past presentations that contain background images and items in the slide masters.

When attempting to open a presentation or PowerPoint template in 2003, you receive a message that states that some contents (text, images, or objects) have been corrupted.

Microsoft is aware of this error and is working rapidly to fix it.  The most recent news is that this will automatically be fixed through automatic updates in June for people who run Windows Update.  Microsoft has released a manual hotfix that is available right now if you do not want to wait until June.

Here is the hotfix link from Microsoft:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_sustained_engineering/archive/2011/04/23/issues-after-installing-powerpoint-2003-update-kb2464588.aspx

Discussion Tool Kit PowerPoint Template

Friday, April 15th, 2011

We’ve recently released a new PowerPoint template in our popular tool kit series.  This template helps you create discussions and simulate conversations between people.  It features our 3D stick figures in a variety of casual conversational poses as well as customizable speech bubbles.

Discussion PowerPoint Template

Discussion PowerPoint Template

The text in the speech bubbles are PowerPoint text boxes and you can simply change the text to your own quotation or information right inside PowerPoint.

2 Person Chat PowerPoint Template

2 Person Chat PowerPoint Template

The template colors can quickly be changed by using the theme colors under the design tab in PowerPoint.  We have also provided a set of design elements for you to recreate your own conversation.

Design Elements for PowerPoint Template

Design Elements for PowerPoint Template

There are pre-built templates for 1 person, 2 people, a group of 3 and a group of 4.


A sample three character discussion.

This template will work with any version of PowerPoint 2003 or newer.

You can download all of our templates for PowerPoint here.

New Legal Images

Friday, April 15th, 2011

We’ve received a few suggestions of more legal and judicial images.  We are happy to report that we have created some images using our 3D stick figure character.

Scales of Justice - Blind Justice

A blindfolded 3D figure holds the scales of justice and a sword.

Our 3D stick figure is blindfolded in the classic pose holding a set of scales and a sword indicating the impartiality of truth and justice.

Legal Trouble - Judges Gavel

Legal Trouble

I think this graphic is my favorite of this new clipart series.  Our stick figure seems to have gotten in to trouble with the law.

Judge holding gavel

A judge figure holds a giant gavel

A traditional attired judge with a long black robe and a wig holds a giant gavel.

If you have any specific judicial or legal concepts you would like illustrated please let us know in the comment section below.