Microsoft Office 2007 on Wikipedia

If you want to check up certain information on the internet, Wikipedia is probably a good place to start with. For example, if you take a look at Office 2007, Wikipedia does have a good amount of details:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Office_2007

Here's a short summary extracted from Wikipedia:
"The 2007 Microsoft Office System, also known as Microsoft Office 2007, is Microsoft's next release of its productivity suite, slated to replace Microsoft Office 2003. Microsoft Office 2007, formerly known as Office 12 in the initial stages of its beta cycle, is scheduled to be released in November 2006 for volume licensing customers and in the beginning of 2007 in retail. Microsoft plans to include several new features and improvements in Office 2007, including a new graphical user interface, the Ribbon, replacing the former menus, toolbars and many task panes."

Deactivated triggers

As with the last two topics, we have covered Trigger in a trigger and Deactivating a trigger. These two methods allow you to disable a trigger and have it works on specific conditions. So what if the user clicks on the deactivated trigger? If the user does so, he will be proceeding to the next slide. This is not what we want. Instead, if the user clicks on the deactivated trigger, he should expect nothing to happen. Here's 2 ways that you can do to prevent the slide from advancing:

1) Using the invisible autoshape that is covering the trigger, have it hyperlinked to current slide. By doing so, the user will stay on the current slide everytime he clicks on the invisible autoshape. How can this be done?
First, select the invisible autoshape. Right click on it, select Action Settings.
Under Mouse Click tab, select Hyperlink to.
Click on the dropdown field and select "Slide…".
Choose the current slide and click ok.

2) The second way is to disable mouse click to prevent user from advancing to the next slide. To do this, click on Slide Show > Slide Transition. Uncheck "On mouse click" under Advance slide. With this method, the user can still advance to the next slide by pressing the Enter key.

What’s New for Developers in PowerPoint 2007?

Microsoft Office Developer Center has a site on "What's New for Developers in PowerPoint 2007". On this site, you will find materials such as articles, videos, code samples, downloads and etc. If you are a developer, you wouldn't want to miss this out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/program/powerpoint/2007/

And also if you are interested, ZDNet UK has previously written an article on PowerPoint 2007 beta 2:
http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/productivity/0,39024195,39272152,00.htm

Deactivating a trigger

Previously, we talk about Trigger in a trigger, where an animation trigger will be activated on the random completion of three other trigger animations. Today, I will be showing you another example on how you can manipulate with triggers.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to deactivate a trigger. If you have seen the previous tutorial, this should sound easy. Same thing, we are going to make use of the "Invisible AutoShape". So here's the scenario: For instance, I have two buttons, Button A and B. Clicking on either A or B will activate some animations. In addition, IF Button A is clicked, B will be disabled and vice versa.

Assuming that you know how to create Animation Trigger, we will just talk about disabling the trigger.
First, you will need to create two rectangle AutoShapes. Each autoshape will cover one button entirely.
Now, select these two autoshapes, right click and select Format AutoShapes.
Set them to No Line. Under Fill, set to 99% transparency. This will make
them 'invisible'.
Click Slide Show > Custom Animation.
Add Appear effect (Entrance) to the autoshapes.
Here's the complicared part,
Double click on the appear effect that has been added on the invisible autoshape covering Button A.
Select the Timing Tab.
Click on the Triggers button.
Select "Start effect on click of".
Click on the dropdown field and look for Button B.
Click Ok to apply the change.
Double click on the appear effect that has been added on the invisible autoshape covering Button B.
Select the Timing Tab.
Click on the Triggers button.
Select "Start effect on click of".
Click on the dropdown field and look for Button A.
Click Ok to apply the change.

Now, if you click on Button A, you will see some animations, and at the same time, Button B will be deactivated by the invisible autoshape.

Trigger in a trigger

Recently on the Microsoft Office PowerPoint Newsgroup, a user came up with a question on how to create an animation trigger dependent on the random completion of three other trigger animations. For instance, I have 3 buttons here: A, B and C. Clicking on any of these 3 buttons will activate some animations. These 3 buttons can be clicked in any order. I then have a Button D, which can only be activated after Button A, B and C are clicked.

Below is a tutorial on how this can be done. If you do not know how to use Animation Trigger, you must read my Animation Trigger tutorial on PowerPoint Heaven before proceeding on. So here goes:

Assuming that you know how to create Animation Trigger, we will skip the Animation Triggers for Button A, B and C.
First, you will need to add Button D (you can use AutoShape to do so).
Then, add 3 rectangle or oval AutoShapes that cover Button D entirely.
Now, select all 3 autoshapes, right click and select Format AutoShapes.
Set them to No Line. Under Fill, set to 99% transparency. This will make
them 'invisible'.
Click Slide Show > Custom Animation.
Add disappear effect to all 3 invisible autoshapes.
Now, have each effect triggers under Button A, B and C respectively.
That is to say, when you click on Button A, animations will occur, and at the same
time, one invisible autoshape will disappear.
Once all three autoshapes disappear, you will be able to click on Button D
to continue with the next animation.

Looping a slide with multiple animations

Scenario: You want to loop a particular slide that contains multiple animations, then continue with rest of the slides. The problem is, the current feature only allows you to loop the entire slide show.

Solution: One way is to use Custom Show.

First, click Slide Show > Set Up Show.
Put a checkmark to Loop continuously until ‘Esc’.
Click Ok.
Now, Click Slide Show > Custom Shows.
Click New.
Select the slide you are looping, click Add.
Click Ok and Close.
Click on the slide you are looping.
Click Slide Show > Slide Transition.
Under Advance slide, put a checkmark to Automatically After. This will allow the slide to loop automatically.
Do NOT Apply to all slides.
Right click on the thumbnail of the current slide, select Hide Slide.
Now, you will need to insert a new slide just before the slide you are looping.
On the new slide, insert an action button.
Set the hyperlink to the custom show you have created.
Put a checkmark on “Show and Return”.
Ok your way out.

Now, view the slide show.
If you click on the action button, you will go into the custom show, which will loop until you press the esc key to continue with the rest of the slides.