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Relationships 007 , 008, 066

Segmented Ovals

Using Relationships 007 and 008

These two series are not interchangeable, but they are very similar in the way they are customized. They are an interesting way to lay out connected ideas with a central theme. In some cases, RE008 can be used as a bullet alternative framework.

These frameworks can also be used as a document-structuring device (tracker).

Customizing the Ovals

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to hold the shift key down while sizing so the framework stays uniform and scales correctly. If you are using more than one framework in these series, import them all and then size them all at once. This way they are consistently sized within the document.

Color variations

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.

PowerPoint 2007 options

The bevels work well and some of the shadows. The example above right is a preset. The segments in this series are right next to each other, which limits the types of formatting that can be used effectively.

3D variations

3D works with these frameworks; the left-hand framework works better, though. The right-hand framework works only if you delete the oval at the bottom center of the framework.


Shadows don't add much to the visual appeal for these frameworks. But if you want to use them, be conservative and apply shadows that are cast closely to the objects.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients can add interest and emphasis to these frameworks. The white lines can be eliminated and the gradients can be used to create distinction between the objects (see below).


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Good choices are simple sequential reveals of the segments or reveals of just the text within the segments. Refer to the downloadable animation scheme for ideas about how to do this.

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