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.
Ubergizmo: Microsoft Introduces New Tool That Lets You Practice PowerPoint Presentations. “If you feel like you need the practice, you’re in luck because Microsoft has since announced that they will be bringing its Presenter Coach to its desktop and mobile version of PowerPoint. For those unfamiliar, Presenter Coach is basically a presentation practicing tool that was available on the web version of PowerPoint, but now Microsoft has expanded it to cover more platforms so you’ll be able to practice even if you’re on the move.”
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.”
MakeUseOf: The Best Way to Give a Keynote Presentation Over Zoom or Skype. “When working remotely, you may need to deliver a Keynote presentation over Zoom, Skype, or other video conferencing apps. This is daunting at first—especially if you aren’t tech savvy—but there are two simple methods you can use to do it. Keynote Live is the best option, which lets you share your presentation slides with anyone online. If that isn’t available, you can share your Mac screen over Zoom or Skype instead. We’ll explain each of these methods in more detail below.”
Digital Inspiration: SlideCasts – Sync YouTube Videos with your Google Slides Presentation. “SlideCasts let you combine YouTube videos and Google Sides / PowerPoint presentations in a single-player. The speaker video and the slides appear side-by-side and, as the video progresses, the slides auto-change in sync with the video.”
Tech & Learning: 4 Best Free and Easy Audio Recording Tools for Google Slides. “You see, even though we can now add audio to a Google slideshow, there isn’t a simple built-in recording button. Instead you need to record the audio separately with another program, then save it to Drive, and then add it to a slide. So that brings up the big question: What are some easy ways to record audio? When using my Windows PC, I can use a free program such as Audacity. Students often will be using Chromebooks, so we need some web-based options. We are going to take a look at four excellent, free options for recording audio right in your web browser, and then how to add that audio to Google Slides.”
BetaNews: New free tool makes it easy to create videos for work and education. “Seattle-based Panopto is launching a new, free tool to help people make video presentations by simply visiting a website. Panopto Express means anyone with a computer and a web browser can record presentations and classes that blend together webcams, screen and application captures, and other video sources into rich, engaging presentations. It introduces a revolutionary camera framing technology called Smart Camera. This uses artificial intelligence to automatically center the video frame, smoothly following presenters who want to stand back from the camera or move around while speaking.”
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.”
How-To Geek: How to Add Flowcharts and Diagrams to Google Docs or Slides. “Flowcharts and diagrams can help people understand confusing data. If you need one for your Google Docs or Slides file, you can create it without leaving your document. We’ll show you how.”
Make Tech Easier: 10 Google Slides Tips to Save You Time. “Thanks to Google Slides, you don’t have to stuck with PowerPoint to do your presentation. It is web-based, and there is no software to install, which means you can access it on any PC. With Google Slides it’s possible to do things such as dictate text, import/export files, and zoom in and out of the slides.”
MakeTechEasier: 10 of the Best Google Slides Add-ons to Create An Impressive Presentation. “Imagine that you have to give a presentation that will determine your future career path. If you do well, the bosses are impressed, but if it flops, well, that’s a problem. You decide to use Google Slides because you know that no matter what happens you’ll be able to access the file anywhere. To make the most impressive presentation possible, some of these add-ons for Slides can accomplish that, or they may just save you time that you can put to better use. Here are some add-ons you may find helpful depending on what your needs are for your presentations.”
From the excellent Larry Ferlazzo: “Elementari” Might Have Potential As A Story-creating Tool For Students. “Elementari is new tool to create stories or presentations. It’s free – for now, at least – and they are developing classroom features for teachers.”
Google Blog: New in Google Slides: linking in Docs, guides and rulers, and improved commenting. “Today we’re introducing several features in Google Slides on the web that will make it easier to create, collaborate on, and share presentations. Read on for more information.” You don’t hear a lot from Google about Google Slides…
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.