Sun, Shine and Storm usually work as a teamtogether they comprise the
presentation department of Comitu Creations. Sun has a peculiar problem today,
he has just been asked to create a web presentation from the annual meet PowerPoint
presentation. Thankfully, Shine just visited the PowerPoint homepage on Microsoft's
site and found information on Producer, Microsoft's free add-in for PowerPoint
that creates synchronized multimedia presentations. Storm has a questionwhat
is a PowerPoint add-in?
Very few of the millions of PowerPoint users worldwide are aware of the concept
of PowerPoint add-ins. In their most basic form, these are small programs that
can be run only from within PowerPoint. They are usually integrated with their
host program; and more often than not, they add new menus or icons to the PowerPoint
Shine explains further that PowerPoint add-ins usually fall in three categories:
- Editing Add-ins
- Delivery Add-ins
- Template and Miscellaneous Add-ins
Editing add-ins usually add new editing possibilities to a presentation. Sometimes
these are just complicated macro routines made simple by a click of an icon;
at other times, they provide solutions to PowerPoint problem areas.
- Vox Proxy (http://www.voxproxy.com/)
is an add-in that adds Microsoft Agent style animated characters to PowerPoint.
These characters speak to the audience from within a running PowerPoint presentation.
- Another example is the free PPTools Starter Kit add-in (http://www.rdpslides.com/pptools/FAQ00046.htm)
Rindsberg and Brian Reilly that provides an arsenal of new routines to
- CrystalGraphics (http://www.powerplugs.com)
provide add-ins that can do everything from adding new transitions and animated
shapes to PowerPoint. In fact, they have an excellent add-in that provides
a single click access to over 30,000 famous quotations from within PowerPoint!
Delivery add-ins are related to the distribution aspect of PowerPoint presentations.
They usually alter the presentation itself to accommodate a new distribution
format like Flash, Java, RealMedia or WindowsMedia. Other delivery add-ins create
autorun CDs from PowerPoint presentations.
Template and Miscellaneous Add-ins
Any add-in that does not fall into the category of an editing or delivery add-in
is usually classified into this category.
- Accent Graphics (http://www.presentation-librarian.com)
makes the popular Presentation Librarian and PowerSearch add-ins
that provide PowerPoint with extensive cataloguing and search capabilities.
- Slide Converter from Aladat (http://www.aladat.com)
allows you to create a new presentation using images of your slides.
- CrystalGraphics PowerPlugs Headings (http://www.powerplugs.com)
are a collection of hundreds of alpha channel imparted visuals that add sophisticated
headings to PowerPoint slides.
- Hemera includes a PowerPoint add-in that allows a single click access to
its Graphicsdesk (http://www.graphicsdesk.com)
clipart subscription service.
- If you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat (http://www.adobe.com/),
you'll find that the installation of the program automatically initializes
an add-in that simplifies creation of Acrobat PDFs from within PowerPoint.
With nearly three versions of PowerPoint being used today on the Windows platform,
it would be prudent to find out if an add-in actually is compatible with your
PowerPoint version before actually buying the product. Thankfully, many add-ins
have trial or demo versions you can test before deciding. In addition, I have
a page on my site that details add-in compatibility for the last three PowerPoint
versions. Be aware though, that the page weighs around 100 kb and may take a
while to load for those on dial-up access. You can find this info at this link:
Sun, Shine and Storm are ready to go ahead with so much information on add-ins
at their fingertips. What about you?