The Microsoft Office "user experience" team has been working on the development for Microsoft Office 2007's new product icons and has now released them for preview. Take a look at these new Microsoft Office 2007 icons on "Jensen Harris: An Office User Interface Blog"! The icon for PowerPoint 2007 is on the third row, third column. Are you able to figure out what the rest of the icons represent? ;-)
Often, shortening a motion path to about half of its original size will cause it to reposition itself. To put it in simple, let's say if you are adding a Motion Path (Bringing up the Custom Animation, then click Add Effect > Motion Paths).
Next, you want to adjust the Motion Path by shortening it.
Unfortunately, everytime you try adjusting the Motion Path, it jumps to another location / position on the slide. Therefore, you will often need to move the Motion Path back to its original location / position manually. This step is definitely tedious and takes up quite an amount of time if you are intending to adjust the length of the Motion Paths frequently.
Here's a quick and easy solution which works for most of the time, by allowing the Motion Path to snap itself back to the original position:
Instead of moving the Motion Path back to its original position manually, move your mouse over either ends (The red or green arrow) of the Motion Path. After which, click on the ends once and it will snap itself back.
Still remember the news posted earlier on? Fikree's PowerPoint Games are now hosted by PowerPoint Heaven so that more people can get to enjoy these games and also get a chance to learn more about creating games with PowerPoint.
For more information, visit the news page in PowerPoint Heaven at
Looking for some awesome PowerPoint Animations? Today, I will post up some links which you maybe interested to take a look at. If advanced or complex PowerPoint Animations is what you are looking for, read on. They are in no particular order. Most of the samples require PowerPoint 2002/XP and 2003. If you are using older versions of PowerPoint or don't own one, you can download the free PowerPoint Viewer 2003. Here's a list of sites that contains advanced animations:
If you haven't get to see my site <grin>: Shawn Toh's PowerPoint Heaven, which contains PowerPoint movies (similar to those created in Macromedia Flash), showcases, animation templates, PowerPoint games, portfolio, tutorials and samples on advanced PowerPoint animations.
Link - http://pptheaven.mvps.org
Troy Chollar's TLC Creative Services, has several samples on extreme animations such as animating waves and blue rays. You can also take a look at his tutorials which may comes in handy for you.
Link - http://www.tlccreative.com/
TAJ Simmons' AwesomeBackgrounds, has an awesome demonstration (look out for the Cool PowerPoint Animations) on how you can animate text in PowerPoint creatively. See how cool text effects can be achieved in PowerPoint.
Link - http://www.awesomebackgrounds.com/
Glen Millar's PowerPoint Workbench, which contains advanced techniques on PowerPoint. Look out for the hidden pivot tutorial, which teaches you how to make an animation in PowerPoint that moves along a different rotation point.
Link - http://www.pptworkbench.com/
Julie Terberg's Terberg Design, has several animated interactive and tradeshow presentations in her portfolio section. They are professionally done and are worth taking a look at.
Link - http://terbergdesign.com/
If you have any good recommendations in mind, do not hesitate to post your comment.
Custom Animation is a feature in Microsoft Office PowerPoint. It contains a list of effects that you can apply to objects to have them animate during the slide show. With the release of PowerPoint 2002/XP, more effects are introduced and grouped into 4 categories. The 4 cateogries include: Entrance, Emphasis, Exit (The 3 E's), and Motion Paths.
Entrance effects animate object so that it enters the slide show. During the slide show view, you won't see the object until it starts to animate. Hence, if two entrance effects are added onto an object one after another, the object will disappear when the second effect starts to animate.
Emphasis effects animate object on the spot during slide show. The end result will stay there unless Auto-Reverse under the effect tab or "Rewind when done playing" under the timing tab has been checked.
Exit effects animate object so that it leaves the slide show. During the slide show view, the object will disappear from the screen based to the effect that you have added. They can be re-called by adding an Entrance effect. A fun fact is that even if you have added an Exit effect on the object, you can still add an Emphasis effect or Motion Path after the Exit effect. The object will still animate, with the exception that the animation will be hidden from the viewers.
Motion Path animate object by moving it from one position to another. There is a list of Motion Paths that you can choose from. In addition, you can draw your own motion paths, which includes Line, Curve, FreeForm and Scribble. Best way to understand how they work will be to try them out individually.