Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Loop and fade

You may know how to dreate a series of superimposed pictures that cross fade into each other?

It's not too hard give each picture a fade entrance followed by a delay and then a fade exit (you will need at least PowerPoint XP to do this). Now with careful adjustment of delays the series of pictures will fade up, cross fade into the next until all the pictures are seen.

The last "until all the pictures are seen" is the problem. Often you would like the animations to loop and show the pictures again until you stop them.

PowerPoint cannot really do this. You can create a one slide custom show and have the whole slide repeat but this doesn't give me the control I want!

So I wrote a very complex custom custom animation to get exactly what I wanted.

You can look at a demo here

DOWNLOAD a demo here!

or buy the Add In to create your own easily with no programming experience here

Loop & fade Add In

Once the animations are created you no longer need the Add In instaled. Your presentation will play on PCs without the Add In or even in the free viewer.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Drop Down Menus in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Drop Down Menu

Everyone is familiar with dropdown menus, they're an integral part of Windows, Office and many other programs.

Can you use them to navigate in a PowerPoint Presentation though?

With vba code (if you can program) then you can use a control combo box. Even if you know how to program this you will meet problems if the user has the free viewer or has security set to high.

The problem will be this ...

It won't work - AT ALL!

The method described here will work in the viewers (2003 /7) or in PowerPoint from version XP.


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Audience Voting in PowerPoint

There are quite a few (expensive) systems out there to provide your audience with keypads to vote on topics.

For most people this sort of expense is out of the question and you will be relying on hand counts.

How do you professionally show the results though?

You can of course close down your show edit a graph and re open. That looks tacky though!

PowerPoint Alchemy have a simple solution and there's even a totally working free demo!