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Some good ideas, but a bit disappointing
on November 25, 2008
I am working for a start-up company designing and helping to produce e-learning classes for their software product. Although I use another authoring product, Articulate, I wanted to see what one could do with just PowerPoint. I think the book promises a bit more than it delivers, although it had some good ideas. However, some of the suggestions based on current research were not fully explained or made clear. I found that I would have to go to the original research to fully understand her abbreviated summary. Also, some of her graphics are wrong. She shows a before and after screen and they are basically the same (figures 3.12/3.13 and figures 4.11/4.12). Oops! This happens twice in the book and you have to wonder who did the proofing.
Some of the interactive features that you can build using PPT are unfortunately not relevant because they are not supported by Flash. She says to keep watching for this feature. This was one of the things I was most interested in and somewhat of a dissappointment.
I think this book could have been a lot better, although it does contain some good information. However, it feels like some of her content was thrown in without enough explanation. If you are a beginner, you might need clarification from other sources.
So, I would definitely recommend reading this book, but I'm not sure I would recommend buying this book.