New Icons for Office 2007

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? ;-)

Link: http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/jensenh/archive/2006/07/26/678606.aspx

Using the Insert Table Command

You will often find yourself inserting a table using Insert > Table, and then keying in the columns and rows manually. But there is a much more convenience way of doing it. Through the “Insert Table” command located on the standard toolbar, you can save some time and keep yourself away from pressing the keyboard.


Figure 1: “Insert Table” Command on the standard toolbar.



Figure 2: “Insert Table” Command when selected.

On the first look, if you hover over the table cells, it may seems like you can only create a 4 x 5 table using the “Insert Table” command on the standard toolbar. But this is only a default preview. It actually allows you to insert up to 25 x 25 table (max.), depending on your display resolution.


Figure 3: “Insert Table” Command stretching up to a 25 x 21 table.

So how do you stretch it up so that it can goes beyond a 4 x 5 table?
First, click on the “Insert Table” command on the standard toolbar.
Next, click and hold on the first cell, then drag it to expand the table.
Lastly, release your mouse click to insert the table.
If you want to abort inserting the table, simply drag the mouse out of the cells area, or press the ‘Esc’ key.

Fikree’s Projects – Pointer’s Way 2

Fikree’s PowerPoint Game, Pointer’s Way 2 is out. You can download the .rar version at:
http://files.filefront.com/Pointers_Way_2/;5271936;;/fileinfo.html
You can also take a look at the new released trailer for Pointer’s Way 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3lh1DOA0I8
A .zip version of the game will be available on PowerPoint Heaven soon.


Scroll your way through 60 levels. Avoid killer obstacles, and unlock things to get pass through! Pointer’s Way 2 is a sequel to previous Pointer’s Way. If you haven’t try out Pointer’s Way, you can download the zipped version at PowerPoint Heaven: http://pptheaven.mvps.org/fikree.html

Motion Paths repositioning itself

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.

Advanced PowerPoint Animations

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.

Develop Without Borders contest

The office system platform team has just launched a cool contest and the target (non-profit organizations) is even better to make a difference in the society. The contest is called Develop without Borders, developed as a joint effort between IW and DPE with support from HP and offers over $150,000 in prizes.

Here’s how it goes: Developers choose a charitable organization that they would like to help, understand the business challenges that it faces, and propose a solution based on the 2007 Office system that addresses one or more of those challenges. The solutions that make the most impact on the organization and that best utilize the Office system technologies can win up to $50,000 to help pilot or implement the solution.

If you are interested, check this url for more information: http://www.developwithoutborders.com/