Tutorial for Horizontal Flows 009 through 014 – Side Bar with Horizontal Splits
Using Horizontal Flows 009 through 014
These series work well by themselves, but they also work well when combined with segments from series hf007, hf009, hf011, and hf013 (all without wings) or series hf008, hf010, hf012, and hf014 (all with winge), where a mix of segments with different numbers of horizontal splits convey the best message. All of these series are sized consistently, so that the mix and match process is easy to accomplish (see example below for mix and matched segments). The slices in the segments are individual fields (as opposed to having lines drawn over the segments), which means that colors or other customizations can be applied that are linked to a legend, adding another level of information.
Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).
Customizing your PowerFrameworks Horizontal Flow
If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. You can also adjust the space between the pieces by ungrouping and nudging them to suit your purpose.
If you decide you want to mix and match segments from series hf007, hf009, hf011, and hf013, make sure you bring all of the frameworks onto one page and size together so they will fit precisely together. Specifically, if you have a six-segmented flow and each segment has a different number of horizontal slices, download the six-segment frameworks from hf007, hf009, hf011, and hf013 onto one page, select all of them at once, and size them together. Then you can ungroup and start ordering and aligning the segments.
Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.
3D doesn't work really well with this framework, but if you need to use 3D, make sure you limit the depth, otherwise, it becomes too apparent that it is not lining up well. Also, be aware that the 3D effect changes the colors.
A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the framework and the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so the text will "pop." Make sure your layering is correct so that the shadow does not obscure any of your primary figures.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to a flow such as this.
A possible animation scheme might be for the bars on the right of each flow segment to be visible on the page before any animations begin. This would be particularly helpful if the bars contain acronyms, which could be explained by the presenter before the details of each segment are presented. Then the flows can be brought in one after the other as wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left or right to show a build and to enhance the effect of the flow.