Pocketnow: Microsoft’s new tool turns Word files into PowerPoint presentation using AI. “Microsoft has announced a new feature that uses AI to turn Word files into a PowerPoint presentation. Called Export to PowerPoint presentation, the feature has started to roll out for Word and PowerPoint on the web, and users with an Office 365 subscription can now access it. All you have to do is open a Word file on the web, hit the Export button on the left sidebar, then tap on the Export to PowerPoint presentation, and you’re good to go.” Apparently this feature only supports text-based Word files, so we’re still at step one, but what a great start.
Cynthia Brame: Ppt hack: A homemade time-tracking tool for meetings and classes. “Have you ever wanted a timer in class or a workshop that would help speakers track their time—without the stress of an actual clock? I recently found something that served this purpose and think it could be handy for a number of situations where you want a visual reminder of time.”
Hongkiat: 10 Best Sites For Free Google Slides Themes & PowerPoint Templates. “In this write-up, I have compiled a list of 50+ places to download Google Slides themes and/or PowerPoint templates for creating your best presentation. I am going to discuss the best 10 websites in detail and list the others for you.”
Library of Congress: In the Library’s Web Archives: 1,000 U.S. Government PowerPoint Slide Decks. “PowerPoint presentations have become a nearly ubiquitous form of communication document in the digital era. At the most basic level, PowerPoint files present a sequence of slides containing text, images and multimedia. Today, we are excited to share out a dataset of 1,000 random slide decks from U.S. government websites, collected via the Library of Congress Web Archive, such as the presentation on transporting hazardous materials in Figure 1.”
Make Tech Easier: How to Create a YouTube Video with PowerPoint. “Few people nowadays have the patience or willingness to sit through multiple slide presentations. Online videos, on the other hand, are a powerful means to build user engagement in an era of lower attention spans. As long as the videos look professional, your audience will pay attention to whatever you have to say. Follow these simple steps to convert your hard work that went in to creating a PowerPoint into an accessible and compact YouTube video.” What an interesting idea.
MakeUseOf: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft PowerPoint: From Newbie to Master. “Microsoft PowerPoint has been a staple for creating presentations for many years. But like anything, not everyone is an expert right off the bat. You have to start somewhere, right? So, let this beginner’s guide to PowerPoint be that first step.”
Motherboard: The Pentagon Has the Worst PowerPoint Slides You’ve Ever Seen. The Pentagon isn’t just America’s military brain—it’s also a vast bureaucracy filled with middle managers and that means it’s churning out lots of presentations. Bureaucratic presentations means PowerPoint, the universally loathed presentation software, and no one gives a [bleepy] PowerPoint quite like the US military. The Internet Archive—the site that catalogs the world’s digital detritus—has scooped up hundreds of publicly available military PowerPoints and preserved them for public consumption.” The original quote was not bleeped.
Noupe: Presentation Design: Ludus Makes You Forget About Powerpoint. “The young web app Ludus brings back the fun to presentation design, and the fun of consuming it. Not only designers should definitely take a closer look at the tool.”
Make Tech Easier: 7 of the Best Alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint. “Gotten a new PC and in dire need of some alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint? Your needs not met on Microsoft PowerPoint? This article is right for you. Microsoft PowerPoint has carved out a niche for itself in the sphere of presentation. If you’re reading this article, you’re probably one of over 200 million buyers of Windows 8 licenses. With a household penetration of 85.1 percentage for PCs in the United States in 2014, finding alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint is becoming the in-thing.”
eWeek: New Microsoft PowerPoint Add-in Translates in Real-Time. “Microsoft Garage, the software giant’s experimental app unit, released Presentation Translator this week, an Office add-in for the Windows version of PowerPoint that provides real-time translation services. The software is powered by Microsoft Translator and the company’s Cognitive Services slate, a collection of AI-enabled APIs.”
TechCrunch: Microsoft’s Presentation Translator translates presentations in real time. “A lot of what Microsoft is showing at its Build conference this week is squarely aimed at developers. But in the barrage of news about Azure, Visual Studio and .NET, the company also showed off a preview of a new add-in for PowerPoint that is aimed at everyday users. The Presentation Translator can automatically provide real-time translated subtitles or translate the text of their actual PowerPoint presentation while still preserving the original formatting.”