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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
posted by Newsica at 17:52 PM IST

Presentation SummitAttend the conference, join the Guild for free.

Contact Person: Rick Altman, Conference Host
The Presentation Summit
1423 Harvest Rd., Pleasanton CA 94566
United States
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Pleasanton, United States: Two organizations with arguably the most passion for the presentation experience are joining forces, as the longest-running conference for the industry, the Presentation Summit, and the Presentation Guild, the newest voice for the community, announced a strategic partnership for 2017. The benefits to the end-user community are clear and simple:

If you are one of the first 100 people to register and pay for the Summit this year, your membership to the Guild is on the house. If you are already a member, an additional year will be added.

“I couldn’t be happier about it,” said conference host and organizer Rick Altman, who has been at the helm of the Summit since its inception in 2003. “You’d have to look long and hard to find two organizations with goals as aligned as ours. It’s all about learning and community with our conference, and it’s obvious that the Guild holds precious those same qualities. There aren’t too many folks who attend our conference who wouldn’t want to join the Guild, and I hope the vice-versa is true, too.”

Rick Altman, Presentation Summit
Rick: You’d have to look long and hard to find two organizations with goals as aligned as those of the Presentation Summit and the Presentation Guild.

The emergence of the Presentation Guild signals a continuing strengthening of the presentation industry, which was nearly devoid of an identity a decade ago. “It was not too long ago that PowerPoint users didn’t even have recognizable job titles,” says Altman, “let alone descriptions that made sense. I’m really proud of the type of community that our conference helped spawn, but it’s not enough to hold an event once a year, no matter how great we might think it is. We have needed more lasting and ongoing support and the Guild is the perfect conduit for that.”

“We’re excited about this partnership because it makes so much sense for both organizations,” says Echo Swinford, president of the Guild’s Board of Directors. “It’s all about knowing that you have friends supporting you, clients and employers rewarding you, and an industry association advancing you.

“We all get huge doses of that feeling when we’re at the Presentation Summit each fall, and we want to extend that community vibe year-round by continuing and strengthening those connections through the Presentation Guild. As Guild members and Summit attendees, you reap the benefits. If you’re in both, it’s an even bigger win for you.”

Echo Swinford, Presentation Guild
Echo: This is all about knowing that you have friends supporting you, clients and employers rewarding you, and an industry association advancing you.

This is an east-coast year for the Presentation Summit, which routinely bounces back and forth between the eastern and western halves of the country. The four-day event will be in Clearwater Beach FL, about 30 minutes west of Tampa. The dates are September 24-27. The seminar schedule and speaking team are almost entirely in place and it should come as no surprise to see founding members of the Guild slotted into the seminar lineup.

Presentation Summit and Guild Partnership Logo

About the Presentation Summit

You can get complete information about the conference at, making the world a better place, one presentation at a time.

About the Presentation Guild

You can learn all about the Guild at

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
posted by Newsica at 15:35 PM IST

YOUpresent PowerPointCustom-built PowerPoint add-in streamlines the presentation creation process and supports consistent firm-wide usage of Censeo’s PowerPoint standards.

Contact Person: Jamie Garroch – CEO
YOUpresent Ltd.
5 Arborfield Road
Shinfield, RG 29DY
United Kingdom

London, United Kingdom: YOUpresent has teamed up with Censeo Consulting Group to create DeckPro to simplify the presentation creation process and ensure that all presentations are in line with Censeo’s PowerPoint standards and visual brand.

DeckPro is a custom PowerPoint add-in built on the existing SwiftPrez product from YOUpresent and provides Censeo consultants with a suite of tools to streamline the presentation creation process.

DeckPro enables users to access a centrally maintained and synchronized library of branded assets such as icons, charts, slide layouts and illustrations directly from the PowerPoint ribbon, and automatically checks finished presentations for compliance with company style guides.

Content administrators can manage both Censeo and client-branded templates on a server, and push changes to all users’ PCs to ensure firm- wide accessibility of the latest version. Consultants can then easily switch between different templates, and all custom layout designs automatically adjust to the selected template. DeckPro also provides buttons for quick access to a Censeo style guide or email support, as well as a range of proofing workflow tools.

Evan Hodges-LeClaire, an Associate at Censeo Consulting Group and Censeo’s lead for the development, said: “PowerPoint presentations are the primary medium we use to convey information to clients, and our consultants spend a significant portion of their time crafting them. We recognized the potential to streamline and improve this process, and YOUpresent was the perfect partner to help us do so. Thanks to the PowerPoint add-in they developed for us, our consultants can now create better presentations in a fraction of the time it used to take.

“Companies with large numbers of PowerPoint users often struggle to manage templates and asset libraries effectively, and productivity and consistency suffer as a result,” said Jamie Garroch, CEO of YOUpresent. “Many are unaware of the almost limitless customization options that PowerPoint add-ins can provide, but Censeo saw the potential. We are very pleased to have been able to help Censeo streamline and improve the presentation building experience for its employees.”

About Censeo

Censeo is a strategy and operations consulting firm focused on helping mission-driven organizations strengthen their management and operational capabilities to achieve social and public impact. Censeo uses a proven approach that combines expertise and analytical acumen with a strong focus on stakeholder collaboration and client impact to drive dramatic results and organizational improvements. Learn more at

About YOUpresent

YOUpresent is a PowerPoint add-in development and design agency. The company offers presentation software apps (also called add-ins or plug-ins) and design services that simplify the presentation creation process and help clients deliver their messages more efficiently. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the company serves clients globally. For more information, visit

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Sunday, July 31, 2016
posted by Newsica at 14:35 PM IST

Duarte Logo 2013Duarte Presofest, a fictitious presentation-themed music festival promises music ‘from over 40 bands, coming at you in mind-blowing 96 dpi.’

Contact Person: Eric Albertson – Director of Instructional Design and Innovation
755 N. Mary Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
United States

Sunnyvale, California, United States: Last week Duarte released the commercial for PRESOFEST, a fictitious presentation-themed music festival. The festival, to be held at the Outline View Auditorium in Baskerville, features bands such as Broken Macro, Prezihurl, Final_Final_v11, Presentonix, One Transition, Boilerplate and more.

Viewers will recognize many presentation and business references in the video, including: staying up late the night before a presentation, laser pointers, broken Shockwave Flash objects and eating leftover conference room food.

This commercial is one of Duarte’s several humor-based expressions celebrating the presentation industry. For example, Duarte’s corporate puppets, Bob Solete and Finn O’Vation, regularly release presentation-themed webisodes in the style of Sesame Street. (“The ABCs of creating great presentations, told with a bit of humor, a bit of advice, and maybe a monster or two.”) All episodes can be viewed at

The commercial, a collaboration of Duarte designers, content developers and multimedia artists, was created as part of the company’s short film development initiative—an ongoing, company-wide project called Duarte Specials—and premiered at the company’s short film showcase, Film Bites, last week.

Whether you are a presentation nerd, client lunch leftover thief, or just need a business-related excuse for watching videos on YouTube, check out the commercial for Presofest!


About Duarte

Duarte helps top organizations tell compelling stories — from keynotes on the big stage to everyday presentations — through content development, visual design, and speaker coaching, and also teach storytelling and design skills through best-selling books and workshops.

See Also: Conversation with Eric, Doug, and Corey

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
posted by Newsica at 20:20 PM IST

Xara’s Designer ProX is the ultimate all-in-one creative software that provides powerful vector illustration, photo editing, page layout and website design.

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Contact Person: Nova Fisher
+44 1442 351035

Hemel Hempstead, UK: This new release of Xara Designer Pro X contains major enhancements for both web and graphic design, including significant improvements to Xara Online Designer, and a new delivery model that gives access to new updates as they happen in the 365 days after purchase.

Xara Designer Pro Box

Xara’s popular Designer Pro X is the ultimate all-in-one creative software, that provides powerful vector illustration, photo editing, page layout and website design, in one unrivaled WYSIWYG design tool. By combining all these tools in one program, Xara Designer Pro achieves faster performance with no program switching, lower memory and computing requirements, an easier learning curve, higher productivity and significantly better value for money.

The photo editing tools have been enhanced with two new W3C standard transparency blend modes and a new ultra-easy way to rotate, scale / pan and crop (which is great for horizon straightening). The photo editor provides vector based, editable, non-destructive photo editing so the user can return to the original image at any time.

Applying popular effects to photos is quick and easy with the new Photo Filter Presets. There are almost 30 of these ready-made effects in the Content Catalog. Users can also create some dramatic contrast and saturation effects with the new Cross Process Photo Effects that simulate a traditional photographic effect created by mixing up the chemicals. The Effect Painter tool is a new way to paint effects directly on the photo, such as, brighten, dodge and burn, saturation changes and a growing range of other effects.

There are two new types of photo grids. ‘Static’ Photo Grids are simple, fixed, visually attractive grids of photos onto which users can drag & drop their own photo. ‘Smart’ Photo Grids smartly resize to fill the rectangles as photos are added or deleted, and users can swap the positions of the photos, adjust the number of rows and columns and the border / gap between all the photos.

The Xara SmartShapes are an amazingly quick and easy way to create and edit some of the most commonly required shapes. Xara has also evolved this concept to include more complex objects, such as smart charts for percentage ring, bar chart and column charts. There are new smart text panels and photo panels and an enhanced version of the popular Spiral SmartShape.

Flexible text handling is one of the strengths of Xara Designer Pro X, yet Xara has still found room for some improvements. The popular Font Awesome collection of symbols has been updated and is now supplemented by a collection of Google Material Design Icons providing more than 1500 symbols in total. To find the required symbol there’s a quick search function. Xara Designer Pro X symbols can be inserted as editable vector graphics, or inserted inline into text as a font (where they are automatically placed in a subset of symbols used, converted to WOFF and included in the website HTML).

For Web Designers there are new Parallax scrolling effects, 30 types of scrolling animation, plus 40 new ‘on reveal’ animation types. The popular ‘sticky’ feature has also been enhanced, so that items such as NavBars can scroll and stick to the top of the window when they reach it.

Web designers also benefit from 9 new general website themes and 166 Business theme sets that were previously sold for $15 each set (a total value of nearly $2500).

Xara Designer Pro X includes the cloud-based editor, Xara Online Designer. This gives Web designers the unique ability to edit their document both offline or online and sync their files with Dropbox, Google GDrive and Microsoft OneDrive. Furthermore, it gives commercial designers the option to enable their clients to update their own website to edit text and replace photos. Client access is free.

Xara Online Designer is evolving rapidly with planned enhancements (which will be released under the Update Service) including more editing controls such as colour, transparency, stack order, smart snap and SmartShapes.

Xara Designer Pro X includes an upgrade to ‘Website M’ hosting, free for one year (worth $1.99 a month). This includes 2GBytes of free web hosting space and one free domain name (e.g.

Xara’s Update Service means that users will no longer have to wait a year between releases to access new features and content. Users will have access to new features and content as Xara develop them, at any time during the year after their purchase. An enhanced Online Content Catalog will also be included free for one year as part of Xara’s new Update Service. The catalog will provide access to a new library of over 500,000 quality royalty-free, high quality, high-resolution stock photos, provided under a CC0 license.


Charles Moir, Managing Director said:

This release of Xara Designer Pro represents a significant change for us as we move away from yearly releases to a more regular release cycle. So features that we develop 3 or 6 months from now, which would traditionally not be available until the 2017 release will now be included in this year’s product.

Although Xara Designer Pro 365 includes a component of online services that are subscription, (hosting, domain name, Online Designer) it’s important to understand this is not a subscription product in the way that Office 365 or Adobe Creative Cloud are. With Designer 365 you purchase the program which is yours to keep, and it will remain functional even if you do not renew or upgrade. We think this is a fundamentally better deal for customers.

There are also significant new features in this release plus completely cost and royalty-free, searchable libraries of stock photos and stock vector illustrations and 166 Business theme sets worth $2500 that previously sold for $15 each set.

Xara Designer Pro X365 costs $299/ £219 (inc VAT) / €279 (inc VAT)
Upgrades from v11 to Xara Designer Pro X365 cost £75 / €89 / $99
System requirements are Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10 and it requires a minimum 500MB of RAM and 300MB hard-disk space.

For more information and a trial version visit

About Xara

Xara has been developing cutting edge software in the UK since 1981 making it one of the very earliest European software houses. Xara has developed a wide range of products covering the whole realm of publishing and graphics software. Xara Designer remains one of the world’s fastest, and many believe, the world’s best drawing and illustration software.

Xara has a particularly strong technology and innovation history. It pioneered many of the graphics technologies and techniques now standard in the industry today such as anti-aliased vector graphics, vector transparency, object feathering, etc. Many of its user interface techniques have been adopted by the industry.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
posted by Newsica at 22:08 PM IST

Introducing the New Free Online PDF to PowerPoint Converter; Convert Your PDF to PPT Online and Free. Logo

Contact Person: Lucy Sanchez
Media Relations, PDF Converter

Telephone: 604-628-1952

Vancouver, Canada: is a developer of desktop software for PDF creation, editing, and conversion. In addition to that, offers a free online tool for PDF conversion and creation. This online PDF conversion service enables the users to convert their PDF documents back to Microsoft’s PowerPoint format without any cost whatsoever.

PDF to PowerPoint Converter - PDF Converter

The conversion itself is a simple process. Everything is done in three simple steps:

  1. Upload the file you wish to convert
  2. Selecting the email address where you want to receive the converted file
  3. The file will be converted and delivered to your personal email within seconds

Key features include:

  • Safety – user privacy is always protected. We guarantee that your email address will never be sold, rented or given to a third party. Without any exceptions.
  • Fast and extremely accurate conversion.
  • No need to buy or install anything on your computer
  • Respect and protection of your privacy. The uploaded files are deleted 24 hours after conversion.

The main differences between the old and new version:

  1. Converts scanned PDFs as well (OCR Technology)
  2. No limits on the size of the file

To start converting you PDFs to PowerPoint online for free, visit us at

About products are made with a vision that there must be a better and more cost-effective way to offer PDF management software to businesses. As PDF files reached ubiquity, the need for versatile converters became greater, and that is exactly what we are trying to make.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
posted by Newsica at 12:18 PM IST

The Presentation Summit is the place to learn best practices, network with like-minded professional peers, and become part of an amazing, supportive community..

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Contact Person: Rick Altman – Principal
R. Altman & Associates
1423 Harvest Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Pleasanton, USA: Creating successful presentations is about more than just software. It is about crafting sharp messages, creating intelligent presentation design, employing smart PowerPoint techniques, and developing comfort before an audience.

The Presentation Summit offers all of this at levels you won’t find anywhere else. We deliver insight, inspiration, and community to create a conference experience that you will remember forever. Our breadth of coverage, depth of expertise, willingness to help, and passion for creating engagement all add up to a business conference that is completely unlike any other.

The Presentation Summit enters its 14th season as we make our first visit to Las Vegas, October 23-26, 2016. Spend three days with us and never look at a presentation project the same way again. Three days and immediately distinguish yourself from 99% of the people creating or delivering presentations today.

Nancy Duarte at the Presentation Summit

Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc., the largest Silicon Valley design firm, and a 2016 Presentation Summit keynote speaker, explains why the Summit is so special:

It is always such a rewarding experience to attend the Presentation Summits. When you get so many people together at once, all of whom having so much passion for what they do, that creates an energy that you can’t replicate elsewhere. I love that environment and am excited to be able to return to it.

Visit the website to learn more about the Presentation Summit and register today!

About the Presentation Summit

The Presentation Summit, making the world a better place, one presentation at a time.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016
posted by Newsica at 16:12 PM IST

Tired of changing colors of traffic lights and Harvey Moons? PowerShapes let’s you build and use interactives shapes such traffic lights, harvey moons, star ratings and many more..

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Contact Person: Jan Mechtel – Managing Director, head of product
Veodin Software
Rudolf-Schwar-Strasse 30
10407 Berlin

Berlin, Germany: Veodin releases PowerShapes – consultant’s new PowerPoint secret!

Veodin PowerShapes

Editing static shapes is time-consuming and the results are not always consistent, that’s why Veodin developed PowerShapes in collaboration with a Big 4 auditing firm.

Learn more about PowerShapes here or try them yourself with a free trial of SlideProof!

The dynamic PowerShapes changes stage in just one click which makes the ideal for use in a wide variety of presentations where fast editing is required.

Veodin PowerShapes

Main benefits:

  • Wide usability – Choose between a wide variety of dynamic shapes like Harvey Balls, check marks and process shapes.
  • Toggle shapes – PowerShapes’ dynamic capability makes it easy to toggle through shape stages in just one click.
  • Customization – Create your own PowerShapes, see the video embedded below to see how it’s done!

About Veodin

Veodin Software is a German software engineering company committed to manufacturing world class productivity tools for its customers in management consulting, banking and auditing. Millions of office workers rely on software to get their work done. We help users and software understand each other better. Key to that is our focus on users’ needs and behavior.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
posted by Newsica at 16:34 PM IST

A data provider retrieves data from data sources to display information in real-time in PowerPoint.

PresentationPointContact Person: Kurt Dupont – Owner
Lanklaarsesteenweg 31
3665 As

As, Belgium: PresentationPoint Adds 6 New Data Providers to DataPoint for PowerPoint. It will be released on July 1, 2016.

PresentationPOINT Connections

New data providers are:

  • Facebook page: show number of likes, check-ins, been heres etc.
  • News (RSS) retrieves any RSS news feed with images and copies the featured images locally for displaying it on your slides with the best performance.
  • Weather info: enter your city/state or country and display current weather condition, minimum and maximum temperatures, forecasts for the next days and weather icons included as well.
  • Google Calendar: connect to your Google Calendar and display your appointments and events in real-time on your information screen via a PowerPoint slide show.
  • Google Sheets: connect your charts and tables to online cloud data of Google Sheets. Use a browser or smartphone to update the data of your spreadsheet and have it displayed in real-time on your monitor or television screens.
  • Microsoft SharePoint: a connectivity layer to your SharePoint server where you can display the content of SharePoint lists in real-time on your screen.

About PresentationPoint

PresentationPoint builds software for information screens and digital signage software for companies worldwide. Information screens can be used in companies, exhibitions, school etc, to inform and motivate personnel and visitors with live information.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
posted by Newsica at 12:16 PM IST

Use PowerPoint to display the number of Facebook Likes.

PresentationPointContact Person: Kurt Dupont
Lanklaarsesteenweg 31
3665 As

As, Belgium: PresentationPoint releases Dynamic LIKES for Microsoft PowerPoint. It will be hitting the shelves on June 27, 2016.

Promote Your Facebook Page with Dynamic Likes. Dynamic LIKES is a PowerPoint add-on from PresentationPoint: enter the Facebook URL of your choice and display the number of likers in real-time on your computer or television screens. Often you see a hand-written or printed sheet at a shop or restaurant, where they ask to like their Facebook page for more promotions and company news.
This piece of paper is now replaced by a computer with a screen when you display this info in real time, next to for example opening hours of the shop, actual promotions, and other infotainment. When a viewer likes the Facebook page, the likes counter will be updated in real-time and the visitor will get positive feedback. You will definitely get more likes with this system!

PresentationPoint Dynamic LIKES

About PresentationPoint

PresentationPoint builds software for information screens and digital signage software for companies worldwide. Information screens can be used in companies, exhibitions, school etc, to inform and motivate personnel and visitors with live information.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
posted by Newsica at 15:42 PM IST

Eyeful Presentations prepares for the next stage of growth through European expansion and partnership strategy.

Eyeful LogoContact Person: Olivia Walsh
Eyeful Presentations
+44 (0)1455 826 390

Twitter: @eyefulpres

Leicester, UK: Eyeful Presentations, the UK’s leading presentation design consultancy, and the people behind the internationally acclaimed book The Presentation Lab, announce the appointment of Rob Bailey as new Managing Director to spearhead further growth of the business over the coming years.

Eyeful’s founder, Simon Morton, said of appointment:

I’m delighted Rob has agreed to take the reins at ‘Eyeful Towers’ and know that his experience as a business leader, coupled with a passion for our people and clients, will further establish Eyeful’s position as the most innovative, exciting and influential consultancy in the sector. We anticipate unprecedented growth both domestically and overseas over the coming years as a result of Rob’s appointment.

The appointment supports the company’s ambition to expand its footprint and influence over the coming years through a strategy of formal partnerships, M&A activity and European expansion. In his new role as CEO, Morton will be responsible for taking Eyeful’s unique ‘Presentation Optimisation’ methodology to a wider audience, notably in mainland Europe. Bailey explains the move:

Simon is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of business presentations so it is logical that we focus his attention on the exciting opportunity Europe poses, alongside implementing a global partnership strategy.

It would seem that the uncertainty around the EU Referendum has not stalled their growth strategy. Bailey continues:

Despite the inevitable question mark surrounding the EU Referendum, we are committed to bringing Eyeful’s proven expertise and methodology to mainland Europe. No matter what the result on the 23rd June, we will be executing an aggressive strategy to maximise the impact on business presentations and sales conversations across Europe.

The Eyeful Way

About Eyeful Presentations

Since 2004, Eyeful Presentations has built an enviable reputation as a world leader in business presentations.

Through expert research, testing and innovation, they help blue-chip clients across the globe get the very best from their business presentations. This is achieved by implementing their proven Presentation Optimisation™ and Blended Presenting™ methodologies to ensure that every presentation has a clear, engaging story, a strong call to action and stunning design.

Their UK HQ is the home of Eyeful Labs, Europe’s only dedicated centre of presentation excellence and is the base for Eyeful’s consultancy and training practice alongside Europe’s largest team of dedicated presentation designers and digital practitioners.

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