The Chromebook with its’ Android-derived Chrome OS is Google’s answer to the the Windows laptop. No onboard storage and a setup for cloud-based computing means no Windows-based applications like MS-Office, Notepad, or anything by Adobe. Except you can now run Windows 10 on Chromebooks – in a virtual machine. Continue reading
The PowerPoint presentation software has been around for three decades but you may never realised it could output anything other than its standard presentation format. Here’s how to understand PowerPoint file formats. Continue reading
This is the forgotten Office application. It’s actually a great little application that hardly anyone uses. Most of the effort in OneNote 2010 focuses on integration with the other applications. OneNote is bundled with all of the Office 2010 suites apart from Office Starter and now has an online version in the form of the OneNote Web App.
OneNote is a general note-taking application: use it for minuting meetings, to-do lists, idea jotter. It’s probably most effective as a researcher’s note-taking hub. Continue reading
The Microsoft Office suite comprises more than Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Publisher and OneNote are the two other applications that have gotten upgrades in MSO 2010.
Microsoft Publisher is the often-forgotten desktop publishing program which now handle type much better, with common tools to Microsoft Word for handling ligatures (conjoined letters), small caps and other kinds of type… Continue reading
I thought it was worth a look at the video editing features in PowerPoint 2010, just to show how far video is saturating every kind of presentation. Stills and clip-art no longer cut the mustard. If it’s not moving in high definition with a pulsing soundtrack, you’re clearly not capable of selling your widgets… Continue reading
It’s a phrase that’s passed into common use. The trouble is that Powerpoint has made it so dashed easy to crank out a deck of slides, that’s exactly what millions of people inflict everyday.
The overuse of cheesy transitions, clipart and sound effects has done nothing to disguise the fact that most presentations are in fact garbage. Powerpoint works best when you don’t notice the tool and focus only on the content. So does the Office 2010 release of Powerpoint change the cheese-to-quality ratio…? Continue reading