I’m coming to the end of my trial period with Microsoft Office 2013. Over the weeks it has been a reasonably solid experience with one or two quirks causing me no end of frustration. But do I want to upgrade? Do I want to pay for a subscription or full purchase or would I prefer to stick with Microsoft Office 2010, a suite that I’ve been using successfully for several years now? Indeed, should I even think of abandoning Microsoft in favour of an open source alternative?
Whether it be for school, your professional life, or pretty much any other reason, presentations are some of the most useful tools for organizing and conveying information to others. Everyone creates them on a regular basis, including any kids you may have! Microsoft Office’s PowerPoint is the most commonly used application for this task, but it’s not the only tool which can get the job done.
Ah! The presentation. Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. But no matter what, we all usually have to give them at one point or another, whether in school, work or even just for enjoyment. Some even choose public speaking as a career. Public speaking and presentations is an art though – have you ever sat through a horrendous talk? I know I have. So what makes the perfect presentation?
Remember the comics of our childhood? What would they be without speech bubbles? In comics, words were calls to action and speech bubbles framed them so well. You never thought they obstructed the illustrations in any way. Speech bubbles turned into callouts when it came to business presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint. They give context to what’s on the slide or a screenshot and help to turn a mundane graphic into something more interesting.