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Using Bullet Alternatives for Comparisons

This layout is a nice way to show a nonhorizontally oriented comparison of two objects or two aspects of a single object. In addition to being a bullet alternative, it is also an alternative layout to a basic word table. Add a few photographs, or not. This slide clearly "draws the line" between the two comparisons. There are downloads with between one and three comparisons and the bars are either squared or rounded.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework bullet alternative, 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 the comparison bars

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the capsules, be sure to group them and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. These frameworks are available only in PowerPoint format and they include text; so if you resize, you may want to change the font sizes so that the text is proportionate to the bars.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the bar and inset 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 variations

The 3D effect looks nice and the bevel effect looks particularly nice in PowerPoint 2007. Just make sure that the depths are very short – maybe 6 to 12 points.


The drop shadows in PowerPoint 2007 work especially well with these bars. The other types of shadows don't add much to the frameworks.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients work well with the bar sets. Descriptive or iconic pictures can be imported into the center, title rectangle instead of using words. Photographs can also be used to just add interest to the slide, as in the series example.

If you choose to use photographs, you should review the FAQ entitled, "How do I create photographs in different shapes from rectangular photographs?"


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. The animated example introduces each list, but you can use other reveals to present your comparisons.

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