Of all the programs the Presentation Council makes available to the presentation professionals community, one of the most useful is their series of live webinars exploring various presentation tools, techniques and technologies. In case you missed the live events, here are links to the archived versions of the three most recent:
Tom Bunzel, “Using Video Effectively In Your Presentation”
Rick Altman, “Too Many Chefs?: The Fragile Art of Collaboration”
Julie Irvin, “How to Effectively Communicate Data Charts & Graphs”
As the schedule of future webinars are announced, we’ll post it here.
Posted by Lee Potts at 9:33 PM .
Get all the details and register at infocommshow.org.
Dates: Saturday, June 3 – Friday, June 9, 2006
Location: Orlando, Florida
“InfoComm is the Best Conference and Exhibition to Explore AV Technologies!
“Plan to attend InfoComm, the largest event for the professional AV and information communications industry. It’s the only show you need to see the newest technologies for audio, video, display, projection, lighting and staging, digital signage, conferencing, digital content creation, networking, signal distribution and much more!”
The Presentations Council will again be providing a Super Tuesday event: Tools, Tactics and Technologies for Presentation Professionals.
Many Visual Being contributors are heavily involved in InfoComm 06 and the Super Tuesday events so there’s sure to be an ongoing series of updates posted here as the date grows nearer.
Posted by Lee Potts at 11:10 AM .
While troubleshooting a problem for a friend I found a good site with lots of Windows tweaks and fixes.
Kelly’s Korner is a Microsoft MVP site and is worth a look for fixes and cool stuff in general.
Posted by Todd Dunn, CTS at 11:45 AM .
I asked the founder of PixelCorps, Alex Lindsay, what his organization uses to create their very personal and useful software tutorials.
Snapz Pro X 2 allows you to effortlessly record anything on your screen, saving it as a QuickTime® movie or screenshot that can be emailed, put up on the web, or passed around however you please.
This easy software package costs $69. Upgrades from Snapz Pro X 1.0 w/ movie capture are $20.
Great for making a static screenshot with automatic drop shadow or size perimeters; creating a movie is just as easy. Fantastic for on-line tutorials that feel natural and unscripted.Download a free demo version from our web site today or check out the demo movies we’ve created and see for yourself.
Posted by Peter Durand at 11:53 PM .
[Thanks to Jason Simmons of GradientLabs, who sent in this site in an email titled, "Yowza!"]
If Edward Tufte is the master teacher of visualizing data, then VisualComplexity.com is the treasure trove of data-driven visuals.
"Complexity is a challenge by itself," writes Portugal native, Manuel Lima. This project to map the maps that illuminate intricate networks has grown out of Manuel’s work at the Design+Technology program at Parsons School of Design, where he earned an MFA.
Currently working as an interaction designer at R/GA Interactive, Lima has created VisualComplexity as an integrated and extensive resource on the topic.
However, it often looks more like an exquisite butterfly collection. The resulting gallery of images is a powerful–and beautiful–filter through which one can see the invisible webs that connect the systems we depend upon: the biological, the cosmic, the financial, the social.
"Complex Networks are everywhere. It is a structural and organizational principle that reaches almost every field we can think of, from genes to power systems, from food webs to market shares."
Posted by Peter Durand at 11:45 PM .
Now that digital imaging has all but replaced conventional photographic film in the mass market, I guess it’s time for nostalgia to kick in.
Seen today over at PDN Online is a review of a new piece of software from Alien Skin, called Exposure, that takes your pristine, pixel-perfect digital images and makes them look like grainy old film again.
Now I’m sure that this is a fun thing to play around with, particularly for those of us that cut our teeth on grainy silver-based images, but you can still buy film you know. So maybe it’s time to dig that old 35mm camera out of the attic and try putting a real reel through it. Then, instead of spending a few hours sat in a dimly-lit room in front of a monitor, just drop the exposed film off at the nearest photo-processing lab while you get outside into the fresh air and enjoy life for a while. When you collect, you can then spend those few hours scanning the resulting pictures into Photoshop to try to make them look like digital images…
Posted by Roy Hammans at 4:47 PM .
At this year’s PowerPoint Live User Conference (Sep 17-20, San Diego), we are going to offer a track called Beyond PowerPoint. Publicizing that got several people thinking and wondering out loud: what lies beyond PowerPoint? I have a pretty good idea of some of the topics that will go in that track, but I’d be interested in hearing from others about what interests they have in the presentation community that exceeds the boundaries and confines of PowerPoint. Anyone…?
Posted by Rick Altman at 1:19 AM .
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Extending PowerPoint with Freepath by ZDNet‘s Dan Farber — Demo 2006: Grass Roots Software demoed a new presentation application, Freepath (the site is still not live at this writing) that lets you build a playlist by dragging and dropping elements into a composer. The software leverages PowerPoint content and also supports audio, video, PDF, Word and other data types. Freepath is available for $249 ($149 for the next [...]
Posted by Tom Bunzel at 1:34 PM .
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I’m fairly new as a Freelancer and found this website with a huge amount of information, tips, and articles on working at home, designing a home office, choosing projects, time management, etc. A one-stop shop for Freelancers and small business owners.
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Posted by Mary Waldera at 12:22 AM .
Visual Being is looking to expand its team of contributors. If you are involved in any aspect of the presentation process, and would be willing to commit to posting at least once every two weeks, please contact Lee. It’s a great way to increase your online visibility without all the hassles of setting up and maintaining your own blog.
Posted by Lee Potts at 11:33 PM .
UDPixel: Fix Stuck LCD Pixels
“This program helps to locate and fix LCD screens dead pixels. You can fix the stuck pixels by calling them to do rapid changes. You need to run this program for a couple of hours. There is no warranty on the result…”
(tags: LCD display free software technology tools)
memoria technica : The Best PowerPoint Slide. Ever.
Yet another outbreak of the “PowerPoint is evil” meme.
(tags: powerpoint presentation)
Posted by Lee Potts at 6:51 PM .
SED: Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display
The next step in flat-screen diplay technology. Joint venture between Canon and Toshiba.
(tags: technology tools)
Posted by Lee Potts at 6:51 PM .
SalesCircular.com is a newspaper sales circular aggregator.
It’s very handy especially for electronics and computer gear.
Choose your state and the site speaks for itself.
Posted by Todd Dunn, CTS at 7:57 PM .
Yellow Laser Pointer
“The yellow laser pointer is a very rare item, and produces a very eye-catching and unusual effect …”
(tags: meetings presentations technology tools)
Alice Hill Not Impressed
“To those subjected to PowerPoints thoughtfully highlighted by the red laser pointer, here’s a chance to wake up and see yellow instead of red.”
(tags: presentations technology tools)
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