Tutorial for Text Tables 006 – Harvey Balls (Moon) Valuations
These templates and the harvey ball font will make your life so much easier as you develop valuation charts. We wish we could embed the font into our templates for you, but usage restrictions forbid it. Therefore, we'll make available the simple steps to download the no-cost/low-cost harvey ball font, install it, and embed it in your presentations.
There are eight variations, with one through eight columns for harvey ball valuations. There is also a legend in the template that only needs to have the harvey balls added once you download and embed the font in your template/document.
Downloading, Installing, embedding, and inserting the free harvey ball font
Downloading and Installing
These instructions are provided at this website. As with any free downloads, you must make sure you are comfortable that the resource is from a reputable provider and doesn't contain other software downloads that you may not want. At this time, the download is clean and safe. The font is free for personal, educational, or nonprofit use. A small charge of $10 for businesses.
If you wish to steer clear of free font issues completely, there is a nice harvey ball font for $29 here. We used the free font in the series example so you could see the quality, but we like the idea of minimizing vulnerability and purchased the $29 harvey ball font for your regular use. It's cheap enough.
Embedding the harvey ball font is important since it is not a standard font, especially if you are going to be passing the document to others for review and editing. This is actually a good technique to know anyway, especially if you want to use designer (nonstandard) fonts to enhance the aesthetic value of your presentations. Bear in mind, however, that embedding fonts increase the size of PowerPoint files somewhat.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826832 to embed fonts in PowerPoint 2003 and 2007 We couldn't find instructions on the Microsoft site to embed fonts in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013, so the link below appears to have the most clear and understandable instructions
Inserting font characters into presentation text
Inserting the harvey ball font into your tables is very easy.
- Depress "Alt-i" and then "s" to bring up the Symbol menu
- In the upper right-hand corner, there is a font selector. Use the downward-pointing arrow and select Harvey Balls (or whatever harvey ball font you choose to use). The harvey balls will be visible now in the symbol area.
- Click on the individual harvey balls you wish to use in your presentation and click "Insert." You need to do this one at a time. Click one harvey ball and then click "Insert." Click on the next harvey ball and click "Insert," etc.
- Click "Close" and all of the harvey balls will be in your presentation.
- Copy and paste the harvey balls into the appropriate places in your presentation. You don't need to go back into the Symbol menu again; just copy and paste.
Customizing the harvey ball tables
Since these are fonts, you just need to increase/decrease the font size. It's usually best to increase the size of the harvey balls, e.g., if the table text font is 12, you might want the harvey ball to be 14 or 16 points. Of course, this may increase the height of the line; so if vertical space is an issue, keep the harvey balls the same size as the associated text in the table row.
Change the font color of the harvey balls. The colors will apply to the solid parts of the harvey balls and the circle line. The blank space of the harvey ball is actually transparent. This cannot be adjusted so that the blank area is white.
It's not a good idea to add shadows to harvey balls because the blank areas are not white. They are transparent. Therefore, the shadow will be visible in the blank areas of the harvey balls.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Animations in tables aren't possible unless you break the tables up. If you do this, simple reveals for the rows or columns (however you wish to reveal the information) work the best.