Do you need help with that presentation?

September 16, 2008

Slideshare the cool site that allows easy sharing of powerpoint slides via the web AND converts powerpoint into a more web friendly format for embedding, emailing, etc. has now started a great series on slide tips. Do you think they got tired of all of the really bad powerpoint presentations being loaded at their site? ๐Ÿ™‚

Everyday, by some estimates, people deliver roughly 30 million PowerPoint presentations. And 95 percent of them suck. Then people blame PowerPoint, as if the car caused the accident. Itโ€™s a shame, really, because PowerPoint can be a great visual aid for a presentation. But itโ€™s not the presentation itself. You are.


Jpgs, Gifs, Pngs – what is best for screenshots?

July 20, 2008

Uh-oh, I sometimes take the easy way out (i.e., use whatever format is supported by the software I have in front of me)…

Text & Clipart — GIF or PNG format
Screenshots from Window — PNG format
Video & Photographs screenshots — JPG format

The article explains it more and also includes images comparing quality.

Converting apple keynote to powerpoint (4:3 ratio to 16:9)

March 13, 2008

This is a much abbreviated version from an email:

Convert 4:3 powerpoint presentations to 16:9 (wide-screen)
Keynote (apple) can resolve this problem.

1) Open the original presentation in Apple keynote.
2) Open the inspector, choose document >slide size Choose the new size
3) Export the new presentation from Keynote to Powerpoint.

Workaround from Microsoft:

web 2.0 presentation prep

September 26, 2007

Well, my presentation on web 2.0 technologies for blogging is finally coming together. I’m using google presentation to house the presentation and I’ll publish it out on the web when finished.

I’ve sent the presentation off to my co-presenter for her part and review. I’ve got to do a little bit of work over the next couple of weeks to tidy up the blog and other examples, so that they will be great for the presentation. We will hopefully have some goodies to give away, as I’ve emailed all of the software/services (, youtube, etc.).

Topics covered:

  • blogging (just briefly, we’ve already done an indepth thing about the how-tos of blogging — and I promise to put all of my presentations on slideshare at some point)
  • bookmarking/links lists (
  • image hosting/slideshows/other graphic design treats (flickr)
  • video hosting + videocasting (youtube)
  • RSS feeds – pulling in external content to sites/blogs
  • various other widgets (meebo – IM, snapshots –Website preview for hot links, etc.)
  • brief discussion of mashups (very brief)

Well, I think that is it. The goal is to talk about how these tools can be used by libraries and also the advantages of using these kinds of tools by librarians (we’ll talk briefly, again, very briefly, lots to cover! about facebook)
Lots of live example provided the wireless is working. Otherwise, it will be just mini-screenshots and a shorter presentation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

something for your powerpoint junkies

May 22, 2007

yeah, I know you are out there.

a free resource to publish and share powerpoint presentations.