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2013 Animated (& Customizable) PowerPoint Holiday Greeting Card

In PowerPoint example, Tutorial on December 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Each year, in an effort to express my gratitude for the good fortune that has come my way, I offer a free animated greeting card built in PowerPoint, to anyone who enjoys the cool things PowerPoint can do. This year’s card features a happy Christmas jingle and elegant animation that you can either enjoy yourself, or customize with your personal sentiment to pass on to others.

And — there’s a little, interactive surprise built in to this card for those who can find it. (Hint: you can only find it in Slide Show view)

To download the PowerPoint file to your desktop, click on the red text below:

2013 Holiday Card from theWIZ

My Migraine Headache — PowerPoint Style

In PowerPoint example, PowerPoint Misc on September 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

For you PowerPoint haters, this is not another gripe against mammoth Microsoft and the headache its presentation tool, PowerPoint, causes. No this is quite the contrary. This is an example of how I was able to make the pain “visible” to others using PowerPoint and its built in tools.

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Yesterday, I felt a migraine coming on. Well, I didn’t feel it — I saw it. Many people who get migraines experience a visual disturbance (called and aura), before the onset of the pain. Anyway, as the disturbance got more and more intense, I was stunned that my mind remained on my craft. Even as I shook in fear of the impending pain, I thought to myself, “hmmm, I bet I could recreate that aura in PowerPoint.”

And I did.

I get nauseous just looking at this. Click the link to view the animated PowerPoint slide (be sure to view in Slide Show View). Migraine

Click on the link to see the animated version of the migraine aura.

Click on the link to see the animated version of the migraine aura.

Tutorial: Using Ink Tools to create an animated sketch in PowerPoint

In Tutorial, Uncategorized on September 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm

As promised, here is a tutorial to create an animated sketch in PowerPoint. Follow these steps using PowerPoint 2013 on your Surface Pro (I have not tested this on other Windows 8 touch devices).

Step 1: Start with a blank slide.

Step 1: Start with a blank slide.

Step Two: Find the Rectangle Drawing Tool in the Drawing Group under the Home Tab or in the Illustrations Group under the Insert Tab.

Step 2: Find the Rectangle Drawing Tool in the Drawing Group under the Home Tab or in the Illustrations Group under the Insert Tab.

Step 3: Cover the entire slide area with the Rectangle.

Step 3: Cover the entire slide area with the Rectangle.

Step 4: Holding the Shift Key,  Select the Rectangle, then Select the Oval so both Shapes on the slide on selected.

Step 4: Holding the Shift Key, Select the Rectangle, then Select the Oval so both Shapes on the slide on selected.

Step 5: Find the Oval Merge Shapes Tools in the Insert Shapes Group under the Drawing Tools Tab.

Step 5: Find the Oval Merge Shapes Tools in the Insert Shapes Group under the Drawing Tools Tab.

Step 6: You will be left with a hole in the Rectangle.

Step 6: You will be left with a hole in the Rectangle.

Step 7: Using the stylus on a Surface Pro running PowerPoint 2013, touch the slide area to expose the Ink Tools Tab in the Ribbon. Choose desired pen color and thickness (we’ve used black at 1 pt). Draw a circle just outside the “hole” area. We’ve also included some extra lines for motion.

Step 7: Using the stylus on a Surface Pro running PowerPoint 2013, touch the slide area to expose the Ink Tools Tab in the Ribbon. Choose desired pen color and thickness (we’ve used black at 1 pt). Draw a circle just outside the “hole” area. We’ve also included some extra lines for motion.

Step 8: Go to Insert > Online Pictures, then type World Map in the Search blank.

Step 8: Go to Insert > Online Pictures, then type World Map in the Search blank.

Step 9: Browse to a flat world map that looks something like this, select it, then click Insert. Resize and place the map to cover the globe. It won’t all fit, but that’s OK at this point

Step 9: Browse to a flat world map that looks something like this, select it, then click Insert. Resize and place the map to cover the globe. It won’t all fit, but that’s OK at this point

Step 10: Using the stylus on a Surface Pro running PowerPoint 2013, touch the slide area to expose the Ink Tools Tab in the Ribbon. Choose desired pen color and thickness (we’ve used black at 1 pt). Outline (trace over) the world map. Don’t worry about it being exact. When done tracing, Group all of your continents (if they’re not already a single group)

Step 10: Using the stylus on a Surface Pro running PowerPoint 2013, touch the slide area to expose the Ink Tools Tab in the Ribbon. Choose desired pen color and thickness (we’ve used black at 1 pt). Outline (trace over) the world map. Don’t worry about it being exact. When done tracing, Group all of your continents (if they’re not already a single group)

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Step 12: Send the Group to Back

Step 12: Send the Group to Back

Step 13: Go to the Animation Tab > Add Animation > Motion Path > Custom Path. Draw the Custom Path so that the group of maps moves to the left far enough to show all five maps in the group.

Step 13: Go to the Animation Tab > Add Animation > Motion Path > Custom Path. Draw the Custom Path so that the group of maps moves to the left far enough to show all five maps in the group.

Step 14: Select each of the sketch element in the circle you drew in Step __. Go to the Animation Tab > Add Animation > Emphasis > Teeter. Adjust the Duration and Delay for each sketched element to they are not all moving at the same speed/time. Set the Repeat to End of Slide.

Step 14: Select each of the sketch element in the circle you drew in Step __. Go to the Animation Tab > Add Animation > Emphasis > Teeter.

Adjust the Duration and Delay for each sketched element to they are not all moving at the same speed/time. Set the Repeat to End of Slide.

14.1 Adjust the Duration and Delay for each sketched element to they are not all moving at the same speed/time. Set the Repeat to End of Slide.

14.2: Your Animation Pane might look something like this.

14.2: Your Animation Pane might look something like this.

Step 15: Start with a blank slide. Change the Blue Rectangle to White without a Border. Check out your animated, sketch globe in Slide Show view.

Step 15: Start with a blank slide. Change the Blue Rectangle to White without a Border. Check out your animated, sketch globe in Slide Show view.

Download presentation here: http://wp.me/p1kyln-5W

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