PowerPoint, why are you so difficult?
March 13, 2012 4:22 PM Subscribe
I have a few questions about using animation and slide transitions in PowerPoint.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So there's this 10 slide PowerPoint presentation, which has text and a few imported graphics. The graphics are PDFs of various legal contracts with a lot of small text. The presentation is to be used for a teaching session for lawyers. Ideally, I'd like to make it possible for the presenter to be able to click on these Inserted graphics and automatically have the graphic grow in size, so that the text is more readable. Clicking again should shrink the graphic back to its original size.
Now, I've never worked closely with Powerpoint, so I'm sort of winging it here, for this really awesome client. I've figured out how to grow and shrink the graphics, but there's no fine control regarding how much the program shrinks or grows the graphics. There are only 4 presets, so I can't precisely control the size of the graphics. Plus, PowerPoint blurs the images when they are grown, unless once uses a complicated method of bringing the graphic in at a larger size, then hiding it, shrinking that and then making it reappear and growing that.
Yeah, it's weird.
The second problem is that once I do these custom animations, the user can no longer manually advance through the slides, despite the built in buttons, which previously worked fine. Instead, the only way the user can advance is after clicking through the animations and then clicking again. That means the user can only play the animations once.
So here's my questions:
1. Is there anyway to finely control the Grow and Shrink animations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac? If so, will they appear in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows?
1b. Is there an easier way (than the method hinted at above) to prevent PowerPoint from blurring graphics that have been resized?
2. Once custom animations have been done, manual control of slide progression seems to disappear. Is there a way to prevent this?
3. Is there better software for doing presenations, something that gives finer control to the user, yet exports the presentation in a format that's readable by users on Mac and Windows, including several OS versions back (XP and 10.5)?