Software Productivity Tips, Hacks, and Cool Apps: The Presentation Podcast Episode #35

The Presentation Podcast

 

Episode #35, Software Productivity Tips, Hacks, and Cool Apps for the Busy Designer is live!

After last episode’s kvetch session, we’re back to practical solutions, including software solutions and tips outside of PowerPoint. Take a listen to hear about those small little things that ave us hours of time and let us do our jobs the best we can.

Oh, and I have a little announcement at the top of the show as well…

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Categories: Design, PowerPoint.

Linking to a Specific YouTube Video Section

I’m late to the game here, but just learned that you can link to a specific part of a YouTube video.

While we always recommend downloading and embedding a video into your presentation to avoid bandwidth and connectivity issues (KeepVid.com is one of my favorite tools to create a local version of a YouTube video), if you absolutely must play from a live link, there’s no reason you can’t start your video exactly where you want to. Here’s how…

Simply append the following to the end of your YouTube link:

“&t=2m5s”

Replace the minute and second markers with whatever you need, and that’s pretty much it.

So, to skip my preamble tribute to Hans Rosling in this tutorial and get right to the meat of it, you would use the following hyperlink:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZhmmhveYJg&t=1m1s

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Categories: Video.

PowerPoint Frustrations: The Presentation Podcast Episode #34

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Episode #34, Yes, PowerPoint Frustrates Us is live!

Join Sandy, Troy and I for a kvetch session, but one hopefully that contains some answers and helpful tips to navigate around what bugs us most about PowerPoint.

Oh, and I have a little announcement at the top of the show as well…

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The Power of a List

A visual will almost always trump text, but sometimes text functions as a visual itself. The other day a client who offers a SaaS product called asking if there was a better way to show feature options across various versions than his current tabled list. I can’t show his list, but it was very similar to this from Quicken:

We’ve all seen things like this and the reason is that things like this work quite well in quickly comparing and contrasting in order to make a decision. This is a time when simple checkmarks or missing checkmarks serves as a highly informative visual story.

Today I received an email from Jim Johnson, a New Jersey gubernatorial candidate contrasting himself with his primary challenger. And I loved it. It was nearly all text, but the repetition of Murphy’s limited diversity of experience was easily readable and served as a glanceable visual with a big story.

Sometimes a table is simply the best choice. And sometimes text does communicate visually.

 

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Deposit, Terms and $: The Presentation Podcast Episode #28

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Episode #28, Deposit, Terms and $ for Presentation Design is live!

This week we’re all releasing our tax returns so listeners can fully understand any conflicts of interest we might have. Just kidding. We’re not doing that either. But we are talking all about how we do business and charge for presentation design: deposits, payment terms, discounts, penalties, rush rates, our favorite contract clauses and much more.

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Categories: Design, PowerPoint.
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