Posts Tagged ‘Animation’

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…

Presenting with Prezi (Part 2) – The Expert’s Opinion

Monday, February 6th, 2012 by Justine<

Ever keen to poke a stick into something until we know all about it, Simon continues our Prezi exposé.

Using his impressive powers of skill and judgement, Simon embarks on a training course and then shares his thoughts with the World.

Is Prezi the best thing since sliced bread, or just a way of inducing sea sickness without leaving your desk?

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Presenting with Prezi (Part 1) – The Lowdown

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by Justine<

There has been a lot of internet chatter recently regarding Prezi. It seems to have inspired a love / hate relationship with everyone it has come in contact with.

So what is all the fuss about?

We sent our intrepid MD Simon Morton to find out more. In part 1 of his musings on Prezi, Simon gives us the lowdown on what it is,  what it does and how it could be used by the business presenter.

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More in depth thoughts will follow in part 2.

And the winner of the 2011 Christmas PowerPoint is…

Monday, December 19th, 2011 by Simon<

Every year, we ask our über talented designers to enter our Christmas Card Competition.

Regular readers may recall the festive fun and games from previous years.  Who could forget 2010’s blizzard of brilliance or 2009’s unadulterated jazz theme?  Over time, this annual contest has grown in ferocity and status…2011’s winning entry was always going to have to be a cracker (excuse the pun)!

So with no further delay, we take great pleasure in unveiling this year’s winner courtesy of Nacho (two wins on the trot…he’s going for the hatrick in 2012).  A sizeable cheque is wending it’s way to The Red Cross on your behalf – wonderful stuff, Nacho!

I guess just leaves me, on behalf of the entire Eyeful team across the globe, to wish you a wonderful and peaceful Christmas break and a successful 2012.

Thanks for making 2011 our best year yet…we can’t wait to get started on 2012!

We Love “The Onion”

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 by Simon<

You’ve got to love “The Onion“, the news source with it’s tongue firmly in it’s satirical cheek…

From the frankly shocking “Project Manager leaves suicide PowerPoint” report from back in 2005 to the more recent “Wow Factor Added to Corporate Presentation” scandal, they’ve always raised a smile here at Eyeful Towers.

So imagine our excitement when they combined both PowerPoint AND Infographics:

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Amidst the outbreak of wry smiling and knowing nods, it raises an important point.

We’ve ranted on about the overuse of wild animation in the past (this Toy Story 3 inspired entry is well worth a read) and implore users of PowerPoint, Keynote and especially Prezi to approach with caution.

That said, I’m off to work on the double-ripple dissolve transition.

Nice idea, chaps…

Repurposing PowerPoint – We May Have Mentioned This Once Or Twice…

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 by Simon<

If you’re a regular reader of the Eyeful Blog, you’ll be aware that we get very animated (excuse the pun) when it comes to getting the most out of your PowerPoint.

Panic not! 

This is not some clumsy, heavy-handed way of selling our wares.  If you’re a regular here, you’ll know all about the wonders of Presentation Optimisation, the glowing testimonials of our ever-growing customer base and the magic we can weave with the most basic of presentations.  Let’s not get into that now…

Nope – we’re talking about Repurposing PowerPoint.  Taking the hard work you’ve put into creating your masterpiece in PowerPoint and repackaging it for other mediums. 

From PowerPoint to Podcast…to video…to interactive PDF…and finally to web presentation.  The choice is yours.

To help explain how this works and the options available to you, we thought we’d repurpose one of our own presentations originally developed for a RIBA conference. 

It’s a case study in it’s own right…

Toy Story in 3D, the BBC’s Mark Kermode and PowerPoint Animation

Friday, August 6th, 2010 by Simon<

We think the Beeb’s film critic Mark Kermode is rather marvellous.  We like his pithy, insightful and downright passionate reviews.  He seems like our sort of bloke.

We also think Pixar are nothing short of brilliant.  Wonderful films with compelling storylines, engaging characters and eye-popping animation techniques.

So what links these two with your corporate presentationAnimation.

Mark has got himself hot under the collar about the growing trend of 3D cinema for a while now.  He’s sick of having aliens, cars and body parts “flying” out of the screen just because the technology allows.

We tend to agree with him.

It’s a bit like using every PowerPoint animation and transition available to you (even more in PowerPoint 2010!) on your slides.  Yes – it’s clever technology but frankly it’s distracting and not helping you tell your story.

Now onto Pixar’s Toy Story 3.  Mark loves this film for many reasons but the key one for us is that he didn’t notice the 3D.

It was there but did all the right things – helped the story along, engaged the audience and supported the characters.  But at no point did it detract by being used inappropriately simply because they had the technology to hand.

To paraphrase Mark, technology should enhance not detract.

And if the audience are so engaged with the whole experience that they don’t even notice the technology, pat yourself on the back.  Job done.