- Series: Annoyances
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 27, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596100043
- ISBN-13: 978-0596100049
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,643,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Favorite Presentation Program 1st Edition
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About the Author
Echo Swinford began making slides as a medical meeting planner in 1997 and just never stopped. She uses PowerPoint as the basis for webcasts, CDs, and online applications. Her web site (http://www.echosvoice.com/) is graced by dozens of downloadables and helpful documents, and she has been a member of the Microsoft PowerPoint MVP team since 2000. She's also probably answered more questions on the PowerPoint newsgroup than anyone else.
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I'm not at that school full-time any more, but in years past I've seen just about every problem that could crop up related to PowerPoint. I really could have used Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances - especially when I taught PowerPoint, and had students come to me in a panic when the program told them the file on their floppy disk was corrupt. (Page 43 deals with this problem. Wish I had known the solution two years ago!).
PowerPoint has become as important to businesses today as any other program. Presentations are used to pitch new products, ad campaigns, even benefit packages. When it doesn't work right, it can cause serious problems. But with Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances in hand, those problems are no longer fatal.
The book is very well organized; it starts off with problems related to the actual presentation, even possible problems with displays and projectors are discussed. Problems that crop up during the presentation (don't you HATE it when your slides suddenly stop moving forward, or when a graphic that was supposed to show up suddenly doesn't?) are solved right up front, so that you don't have to go digging through the book - a great idea when the CEO is sitting there waiting for you to get on with it.
Many problems that people run into are caused by default settings in PowerPoint. (Maybe that's why they call the "default" - de fault is theirs!). Section 2 covers exactly which default settings you need to change, and why. Section 3 covers editing problems, including complaints about some things that Microsoft needs to add to the program. There are also links to some files from some Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs that are very helpful (including some templates).
Organizational charts can be a pain in PowerPoint, especially if you're trying to add positions. Tips and tricks for doing that, and other things you may need to do to an org chart, are listed in section 5. Importing sound and video is in section 6; I hate it when my sound effects don't play right, and aren't timed right. Unfortunately, synching sound is NOT something the book can help with - "PowerPoint is simply not designed to perfectly synchronize slides and sound."
And that's one thing I love about this book: they aren't afraid to tell you when something just can't be done. Whether it's a feature that Microsoft doesn't have, or something that you just might not WANT to do, you'll find out. And maybe you'll even feel motivated to let the folks out in Redmond know what you wish their product would do for you. Hey, it couldn't hurt!
I'm going to be loaning Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances to the senior project advisor at the school where I used to teach. It will save her a LOT of headaches in the weeks to come. But I want it back after the projects are done, because I can see it saving ME some headaches as well. She can buy her own copy.
Contents: Presenting Your Presentation; Dumb Defaults; Formatting and Editing; Importing; Organization Charts, Diagrams, and Drawing Tools; Charts and Graphs; Animations, Action Settings, and Hyperlinks; Sound and Video; Printing and Distribution; Index
As I was going through this book, I kept repeating certain phrases in my mind. One was "so there *is* a way around that?" and the other was "I didn't know you could do that!". Some of the annoyances in this book hadn't yet become that to me because I didn't know it was possible in the first place. Since she covers versions 2000, 2002, and 2003, there's a really good chance that much of this book will apply to you regardless of whether you've upgraded or not (I'm in the 2000 - NOT category). I also realized some of the faux pas I was committing that caused "less than desirable" results. For instance, I can bring down the resolution of my graphics to 72 dpi because projection doesn't gain anything by being higher. No more multi-meg presentations with graphics now... Or how come my text shrinks in the text boxes as I type more and more? I thought it just worked like that. Wrong! It's things like these (and many more) that will make my next presentation preparation go much better than it has in the past.
This is another one of those books that I'd recommend to anyone who has to work with PowerPoint on a regular basis. Life's too short to put up with many of these annoyances, and Swinford can reduce your frustration level by orders of magnitude.