Fikree’s PowerPoint Games Projects

If you have not seen any PowerPoint games done by Mohammad Ahmed Fikree, then you are certainly missing out some great stuff! Ranging from Pointer’s Way Arcade to Green Box, the amount of effort put in is definitely worth it. These games are similar to those created with Macromedia Flash. You can check out Fikree’s PowerPoint Games at http://hosted.filefront.com/fikreesprojects. Do look out for Pointer’s Way Arcade, which is Fikree’s recommendation.

These files are big! You have been warned ;-)

The PowerPoint & OfficeArt Team Blog

Howard Cooperstein, Ric Bretschneider and Mark Jaremko, the Program Mangers for PowerPoint have started a blog on PowerPoint 2007 and OfficeArt. This blog covers latest news on OfficeArt which will definitely be useful if you are interested in PowerPoint 2007.

Started on March 2006, there will be lots of fresh postings coming in frequently. Look out for planned special focus on OfficeArt on Wednesdays!

The blog is located at: http://blogs.msdn.com/powerpoint/

Send Word to PowerPoint

Microsoft Office Word offers you a nice feature that allows you to send Word documents into PowerPoint presentations. With this Send To feature, you can easily create a presentation from word documents.

To send your word document to PowerPoint, from Microsoft Office Word, simply click File > Send To > Microsoft Office PowerPoint. BUT WAIT! You will probably get an unexpected result, and this may not be what you want. The solution is to properly configure your document through styles and formatting.

First of all, you will need to bring up the Styles and Formatting task pane from Microsoft Office Word. To do so, click Format > Styles and Formatting. Now here’s how PowerPoint picks up the formatting from Word:


  • Text that are formatted with Heading 1 will be converted to Title text in PowerPoint.
  • Text that are formatted with Heading 2 will be converted to primary bullet.
  • Text that are formatted with Heading 3 will be converted to sub-bullet (2nd level bullet), Heading 4 will be converted to 3rd level bullet, so on and so forth.

Repeat the steps above to start on with the next slide.

One thing to take note though. Text with unformatted style will not be sent to PowerPoint in this case. In addition, objects such as tables, diagrams, pictures, autoshapes and etc, cannot be sent to PowerPoint.

For Microsoft Office 2007


Word 2007 doesn’t allow you to publish to PowerPoint 2007 by default.
Here’s the solution:

After you are done in Word 2007, save it as a Word document.
Now open PowerPoint 2007.
Click on the Office Button at the top left hand corner.
Click Open.
Under Files of type, select All Outlines.
Now select the Word document and click Open.

Alternately,
In Word 2007, right click on the ribbon.
Select Customize Quick Access Toolbar.
Under “Choose commands from:”, select Commands not in the ribbon.
Look for “Send to Microsoft Office PowerPoint”.
Click Ok.
The command will then be added onto the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT).

Spin and Grow animations get jagged in PowerPoint

In PowerPoint 2002/XP and 2003, you can add the Emphasis (Spin) and Emphasis (Grow/Shrink) effects onto objects. These are good effects that you can use to animate your presentations. Unfortunately, the object may become jagged, blurry or loses quality after the animation. If you are enlarging an image and it gets blurry, there is a workaround on PowerPoint Heaven: Tutorial on Retain image quality when Emphasis: Grow.


Since the tutorial solves only the enlarging issue, you will probably need to do another workaround with the spin effect. In addition, it may gets too complicated if you are doing it on many objects. So what is the “One and for all” solution?

There is. Provided if your graphic or video card supports Direct3D. If you are unaware of it, try testing it out and see if there are any improvements on the animated object (with spin or grow effects added).

In PowerPoint, click Slide Show > Set Up Show. Under the Performance section, put a checkmark to “Use hardware graphics acceleration”. At the same time, you may also want to click on the Tips button to learn more about improving the animation performance. Finally, click OK. Run the slide show now and see if there are any improvements on the spin or grow effects. Take note though, that if your graphic or video card does not support the “hardware graphics acceleration” feature in PowerPoint, you may experience performance issues. If this occurs, you will have to turn it off. 

Triangle Arts: Part II

In the previous article on Triangle Arts: Part I, we talked about creating interesting patterns with triangles. Today, you will see how this can be achieved.

First of all, you will need to create 8 triangles as seen on the picture below.
You can start up with one triangle first.
Next, set the fill to gray color, then go into Fill Effects. Click on the Gradient tab, and set “To: ” to 100%.
The end result should looks like this:


Figure 1: Triangle Arts, how it should looks like at the start.

Next, hold down Ctrl and select A on your keyboard. Ctrl-A will allow you to select all the triangles at the same time. Once you have done that, you should be able to see green handles (The green color dots). These handles are there for you to rotate your triangles.

Hover over any of the green handles on the slide, then click and do the rotating. If you are doing it correctly, all the triangles should rotate together. With minimum time, you can produce simple patterns with triangles.

In the next tutorial, we will move on to a more advanced Triangle Arts.

PowerPoint Movie: Evolution Warriors

Have you read the article regarding Project “Kungfu” earlier on? Project “Kungfu” has now been published and released on PowerPoint Heaven. The official name is Evolution Warriors.

Evolution Warriors is a PowerPoint Movie. This movie contains 1,500+ custom animations and all graphics are done entirely with PowerPoint’s AutoShapes. Evolution Warriors is a Fade Motion production, which slightly differs from the Full Motion found in Shadow Fighter, another PowerPoint Movie series produced by PowerPoint Heaven.

Here’s the storyline of Evolution Warriors:
In the Northern part of China, there lived a man with great powers named Fury Demon. He was nicknamed as the ‘Swift Killer’ due his killing style. He had groomed two gifted young warriors and under his guidance, they have mastered much of his phenomenal powers.

Fury X, having the ultimate goal of dominating the world, had not been able to see eye to eye with his brother, Fury Light. Few months ago, their battle had left undecided as their prowesses were matched equally.

They have made a death pact dating one year from then. And this time, nothing would be catastrophic enough to stop this battle till their death.

Check out Evolution Warriors in PowerPoint Heaven now!