You’ve Got To Have a Dream… (Part One)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 by Matt

Rarely do my nightmares actually come true (thank heavens) but a recent experience came closer than ever before.

Picture the scene…

Ten eager training delegates waiting to hear me unlock the magic of PowerPoint.The room is buzzing with excitement, these people are ready to drink from the cup of knowledge and learn how to create prodigious PowerPoint slides, lozenges that look slick, graphs that look great and animations that glide gracefully onto the slide…

And every single one of them is packing the mighty PowerPoint 2003!!!

Enough to bring any PowerPoint trainer out in a cold sweat.  The gulf between PowerPoint 2003 and 2010 is about the same as between a 1984 Ford Escort and a brand new Aston Martin!

In a nutshell it is functionality, ease of use and the fact that PowerPoint 2010 is a true design tool (some would say bells and whistles)  But as Presentation Designer, it’s these bells and whistles that save something extremely valuable – TIME.

This all got me thinking if PowerPoint 2010 is so much better than 2003, then what bells and whistles should the next instalment have that the current one doesn’t?

And now I am dreaming…

It’s PowerPoint 2013 and you won’t believe what I can do with it.

The animation pane now has a scrub bar. So that when you preview animation you can pause it!

Format animation paint… has a keyboard shortcut just like format paint…

Oh, and all the rubbish transitions been removed! Surely nobody in the 21st century is still using random bars? (If you are please call us immediately for help with your presentations).

They’ve added an animation tool called ‘Morph’ so you can morph shapes into other shapes.

Motion paths, no longer jump about like a rabbit on steroids – they go where you want them easily and quickly!

There’s an incessant ringing that is actually becoming annoying – why would they do that?!

Oh, it’s the alarm clock. Bugger…

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