Apr 11 2015

Snap Objects to Other Objects Tool

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This is a nice and unique way to show a conceptual upward trend (or backward trend if you flip the trend graphic horizontally). The callout lines provide opportunities to add notes to points on the trend ramp. you may need to adjust/add/delete the leader lines for the callouts, but it is as simple as copy/delete, spacing the callout leader lines horizontally, and then adjusting the vertical height by pulling the sizing handle up or down. If you wish, you can use your own leader lines to make it simpler.

We’ve provided a download for your use. We hope you enjoy using this conceptual trend chart.

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Mar 05 2015

Statement Slide

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1503COMThis is a stunning way to present very simple ideas. The circles at the bottom of the photo images are the the message, although they seem to occupy a lesser place on the slide. The photo images actually support the text in the circles, but are the largest parts of the slide. All in all, it’s a very nice technique for presenting a list of attributes, qualities, products, etc.

To create this slide, you can either draw a number of vertically oriented rectangles (draw one with the “snap to other objects” feature on and then duplicate the rectangle and place them side by side) or simply crop the photographs so that they are the same size (again, use the “snap to other objects” feature). Then it’s just a matter of doing a photo search for images that can effectively compliment the word(s) in the circles.

It’s a pretty chart that doesn’t take a tremendous amount effort or skill.

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Feb 01 2015

Irregular Horizontal Flow Segments

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The preferred layout for horizontal flows is for each segment to be exactly the same size so that no inference of importance is placed on larger segments. But sometimes it is important to convey that the larger segments are more important or take longer. Therefore, horizontal flows with irregularly sized segments are needed to tell the correct story.

However, it’s difficult when working with PowerPoint chevrons to get evenly sized horizontal flow segments when the segments are different sizes. The arrow point angles tend to skew. making them unusable unless time is spent making adjustments to each segment’s arrow point. Editing is sometime tricky for the same reason.

So, here’s an incredibly easy and effective way to make horizontal flows with irregularly shaped segments. You’re going to love this. Start with this HF059 framework.

  • Group it and size/rescale it so that it lays out the way you want it on your slide.
  • Ungroup
  • Duplicate the end stripe by holding down Shift-Ctrl-Alt and moving the end stripe left to the place you wish
  • Continue previous step until you have all of the flow “segments” you need
  • Fine tune and/or edit by holding the shift-key down as you move the stripes left or right (they won’t move up or down, but will only move horizontally)
  • Lay your text out (either in fields or in a table) under the flow segments and adjust their widths to match the “segments” above. We suggest you use a table to control vertical alignments.

You won’t be able to just type your text into the “segments” like you usually can. You’ll need to overlay text fields on the “segments.” Small price to pay for the benefits of this technique.

We hope you like this technique. It will save you a lot of time.

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Jan 01 2015

Don’t Be Afraid of Adobe Illustrator

If you want to add another tool to your presentation-development kit, consider Adobe Illustrator (AI). You don’t have to be a an AI power user in order to get a significant amount of use from just a few of the tools within the the application. We’ll show you just one of the many uses that AI can offer to you immediately.

It’s best practice that horizontal flows’ segments are the same size and equally spaced. But sometimes it’s better for your message if your segments aren’t the same size. Below is a standard horizontal flow. All the alignments, spacing, and sizes are correct.

If you want to keep the perfect alignments, spacing and vertical sizing and only change the width of the segments, copy the flow into AI. Click on the tool below that is highlighted are 1. This tool allows you to select parts of an object. The solid arrow above it selects the whole object – don’t need this now, but just saying. With that tool, corral the the area you want to change, which, for example, is shown as highlighted area 2. Point of interest: see the points at the corners within the highlighted area 2 are solid and the points outside the highlighted areas on the two segments you will be resizing are open.

Now, all you have to do is

  • click and hold on one of the solid points in the highlighted area 2
  • hold your shift key down
  • and move them right or left to the position that best works for you.

The example below is a flow that has had its segments’ widths changed. Notice that the spacing between the irregularly sized segments hasn’t changed. This is exactly what you want.

Export this shape out of AI and save it to your desktop as an .emf file. Then drag it into your PowerPoint presentation, ungroup it twice (and get rid of the background no-fill/no-line field after it is ungrouped), and then position it and size it on your slide. After you do this a couple of times, you can literally have the flow with irregularly sized segments in less than a minute.

Enter in your text in each segment and then format the segments to have middle-aligned and centered text in PowerPoint. Change the color of the font if you need to in order to create the most contrast between the background of the segment and the text, so the text is easily readable.

This is only one application of the simpler tools in AI. And, you don’t need to spend so much money any more to get AI. The Adobe products aren’t sold as a suite any longer. You can purchase the use of a single product by subscription. It’s now possible for regular people who don’t plan to become experts in AI to leverage some useful AI tools.

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Dec 01 2014

Sphere of Activities

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December 2014 Chart of the MonthThis Chart of the Month uses segmented circles from series SG010 and a cog/gear from series FR017. The other pieces are simply circles, Arch Up text formatting, imported photograph into circle, and color and line formatting. You’re welcome to download the slide (without the photograph, however) to see how you might want to format your own slide(s). We hope you use the resources on PowerFrameworks as combinations to tell a complete visual story on your slides.

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Nov 01 2014

Concentric Circles with Callouts

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These concentric circles are a nice way to bring the text out of the center graphic and place it cleanly on the perimeter of the slide. The call-out rectangles make a bold connection to the circles. It is easy to create these concentric circles by inserting and sizing the Donut shape from the Shapes menu. Then simply add the rectangles, size them to the width of the circle, and add your text. Right-align the text on the right side of the circles, and left-align the text on the left side of the circles. Space them so that they appear balanced.

Take a look at the example we’ve provided to you as a download.

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Oct 01 2014

Finding and Using Logos in Presentations

First, is it okay to use logos in your presentation? This article, entitled “Fair Use of Logos,” contains a good explanation of how logos should be used.

So let’s assume you’re going to use the logos in an acceptable way, here’s how to get the best-quality logo possible from the web.

  1. Search for the “[company name] logo”
  2. View the results as images
  3. Click on the logo that seems best to use: some companies have both vertically and horizontally oriented logos, so you can decide which logo type best fits in the space you have to fill
  4. Determine what type of logo it is; the best type to use is a .png, which has a clear background instead of a white background (the way you can tell if it has a transparent background is that you’ll see diagonal blue lines behind the logo). A logo with a transparent background looks good no matter what the background color/design is in you template
  5. Another thing to check for is the quality of the logo: look for crisp edges that are not bitmapped or fuzzy around the edges
  6. Once you have clicked on the logos that are available, choose the one you wish to use by clicking on the logo (you’re still in image search results, not on the webpage for the logo)
  7. Then right-click on it and click on Copy Image to save it to your clipboard
  8. Go to your document slide and paste it by right-clicking on the slide. If you’ve been able to find a .png logo, you’ll want to paste it in by selecting “Keep Source Formatting” or just paste if you have a .jpg, etc.
  9. Resize and position the logo on the slide. You may also want to strip out some of the image size by compressing the logo image.

Remember this process and don’t harvest logos from webpages any longer. The quality of the logos you use will be much greater.

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