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Cutting Edge PowerPoint For Dummies Paperback – December 5, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764598173 ISBN-10: 0764598171 Edition: Pap/Cdr

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; Pap/Cdr edition (December 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764598171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764598173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Use these great ideas to help you make your point

Create PowerPoint presentations with Flash® movies, Excel® charts, and more

Okay, you've PowerPointed before, right? And you knew there must be more cool things you could do? Here they are! This handy guide gives you pointers on what makes a powerful presentation, tips on using the right formats and templates, and directions for dressing up text, wowing 'em with color, adding action, and much more.

Discover how to

  • Tweak and streamline PowerPoint
  • Get the most from color
  • Avoid amateur mistakes
  • Use shapes, fills, and 3D effects
  • Add photos, soundtracks, and DVD video
  • Deliver your presentation with punch

About the Author

Geetesh Bajaj is based in Hyderabad, India, and he got started with his first PowerPoint presentation around a decade ago. He has been working with PowerPoint ever since.
Geetesh believes that any presentation is a sum of its elements. Everything in a presentation can be broken down to this element level, and PowerPoint’s real power lies in its ability to act as glue for all such elements.
Geetesh contributes regularly to journals and Web sites, including Presentations magazine and the Microsoft.com Web site. He’s also a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and a regular on Microsoft’s PowerPoint newsgroups. It is from this newsgroup that many of the ideas and thoughts in this book were assimilated.
Geetesh’s own Web site at indezine.com has hundreds of pages on PowerPoint usage. It also has a blog, an e-zine, product reviews, free templates and interviews.
Geetesh welcomes comments and suggestions about his books. He can be reached at geetesh@geetesh.com.

More About the Author

Geetesh Bajaj was born in Kolkata, and then moved to Hyderabad, where he presently lives with his wife and two children.

Geetesh is an awarded Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for over a decade now, and has been designing and training with PowerPoint for 15 years. He heads Indezine, a presentation design studio and content development organization based out of Hyderabad, India.

Geetesh believes that any PowerPoint presentation is a sum of its elements--these elements include abstract elements like story, consistency, and interactivity -- and also slide elements like shapes, graphics, charts, text, sound, video, and animation. He explains how these elements work together in his training sessions. Typically, these training sessions span two days of workshops. Custom tailored training sessions are also available.

He authored the best-selling book Cutting Edge PowerPoint for Dummies--the book has several five-star ratings on Amazon.com. He has also authored three subsequent books on PowerPoint for Windows, and two on Microsoft Office for Mac.

His Indezine.com site attracts more than two million page views each month and has thousands of free PowerPoint templates and other goodies for visitors to download. In addition, Geetesh also issues a bi-weekly PowerPoint newsletter on Indezine.com that has over 150,000 subscribers. Indezine.com has so much more--product reviews, personality interviews, a busy blog, and even a presentation bank.

Customer Reviews

This is one PowerPoint book I refer to often.
Betsy Weber
You will also find all the examples that Bajaj uses in the book, including backgrounds, slide templates, and Flash animation samples.
Warren Kelly
This is one of the more "timely" books I've read in awhile.
Thomas Duff

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is one of the more "timely" books I've read in awhile. It's Cutting Edge PowerPoint For Dummies by Geetesh Bajaj, and I plan on incorporating a number of things from this book in my next presentation at Lotusphere...

Contents:

Part 1 - Powering Up PowerPoint: PowerPointing with the Best of Them; Empowering Your PowerPoint Program; Color Is Life; Streamlining with Masters and Templates

Part 2 - Achieving Visual Appeal: AutoShape Magic; Drawing in PowerPoint; Dressing Up the Text Stuff; Adding Images to Your Presentation; Pulling in Diagrams, Charts, Equations, and Maps

Part 3 - Adding Motion, Sounds, and Effects: Listening and Watching - The Sound and Video Stuff; Moving On with Animations and Transitions

Part 4 - Communicating Beyond the PowerPoint Program: Interactivity and Linking; Exchanging Information; Preparing and Delivering Your Awesome Presentation

Part 5 - The Part of Tens: My Ten Favorites PowerPoint Tips; Ten PowerPoint Problems

What's On The CD-ROM; Index

I've put together my share of PowerPoint presentations, and I normally know enough to get the basics down. I'm a firm believer in "just because you can doesn't mean you should", and I try to stay away from font and animation overload. All of that is well and good, but it usually means my slides can lack a bit in the "pizazz" department. Bajaj has written a book that starts beyond the "what is PowerPoint" mark and starts to delve into all the features that can make your presentation stand out. Yes, there is plenty of time spent on how to animate things and such, but he also offers the caveat that too much activity is distracting, not informational. Use with caution.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Linda F. Johnson on March 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
The author of this book sent me a sample chapter to include at my website and I was so intrigued by it, I decided to read the whole book, and was very impressed.

Do yourself a favor and forget the "dummy" in the title. This book offers great insight into some of the not-so-obvious workarounds that can be used to get the most out of your presentations. So, it's not only helpful to people who are newer to PowerPoint, but also includes lots of goodies for the advanced PowerPoint user. I learned lots of ways to fine tune stuff that I've had to take outside of the program before to get the result I wanted. Geetesh shows lots of alternative ways to get the job done within the program.

And, the texture files and other great stuff included on the CD are fantastic. The CD, itself, is worth the cost of the book.

If you want to see a sample of the AutoShapes chapter, the full chapter is here at my website:

[...]

I believe you will agree with me and follow-up on this sample tutorial by buying the full book ... and I doubt you will be disapppointed. This is a much-needed guide into some of PowerPoint's secrets.

Linda Johnson

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Finkelstein on February 27, 2006
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This book should have been called Great PowerPoint for the Wise. The title makes it seem as if the book is all about glitz and special effects, but I was so impressed with the insightful knowledge. I know PowerPoint pretty well but I learned something in the first chapter. The author offers a great deal of useful advice that you can take advantage of immediately as you design and organize your PowerPoint presentations. Also, the CD is incredible!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Garridon on March 11, 2006
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I was glad to finally see a PowerPoint book that wasn't for beginners. This one--to its credit--does not discuss basics like creating a presentation; instead, it talks about the techniques after mastering the basics. I bought it solely based on a sample chapter where I got something I didn't know out of it.

If you do PowerPoint presentations regularly, you'll also find that the CD will be a big help. I've already saved a lot of time just with the gradient palette enclosed on the CD. Unlike other books with CDs, this has material that you can really benefit from right away.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Scharf on February 6, 2006
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Since everyone else here has been discussing the book (and there's not much left for me to add), I thought I'll focus on the CD included with the book.

Unlike the millions of other CDs that are added as an afterthought to other books, this CD is different. First of all, the CD has software worth hundreds of dollars - it's not that you might use it all but if you even use a tenth of what is on offer, the book is going to cost you nothing! That's true. Consider that the book is free! And it's a damn good book. You do the math and I'll get back to creating better PowerPoint presentations.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Lilley on December 13, 2005
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Maybe you've sat through more than your share of Powerpoint presentations. Maybe you think you've got nothing to learn about what it takes to get your point across. Maybe you think that the idiots Powerpiont is for are all in the boardroom already. Maybe you're wrong. I've done my share of presentation prep for conferences and board room presentations alike, and I know most folks over look the basics of style and design...and they're the real dummies who need a book like this.

Geetesh Bajaj's book is well laid out, normal for anything in this series, and there are numerous tips and tricks that will help bring your presentations to life. Yes, it tells you how to do everything from picking a background to including video in your presentation, and much more. What I would have like to see is a larger section on style considerations, which are briefly discussed in the first chapter and though they influence the rest of the book, I'm afraid that they could get lost in the rush of power that all the tips and tricks offer. Keeping things simple can't be overrated. He does come back to this in the final chapter (My Favorite PowerPoint Tips) and the Problems and Solutions section (p.353) with some guidelines that even the most advanced users should read every so often. A CD is included with a wealth of templates and utilities. My favorite is probably Neucpower NXPowerLite which can unbloat a presentation to as little as 10% of its original size. If you need to email presentations often, this can be a lifesaver. There's also a library of music and images that you can use, software that turns your presentation into flash for the web...and more. So, if you're job requires you to come up to speed quickly on PowerPoint, or if you even if you think you know everything already, there's sure to be something in here that you didn't know...but should have.

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