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- Customizing the Ribbon interface
- Using the new Backstage View
- Saving time with the Animation Painter
- Styling a presentation with themes and transitions
- Introducing new ways to work with video
- Using the enhanced photo editing features such as cropping, removing backgrounds, and artistic effects
- Broadcasting a presentation on the Web
- Merging, comparing, and collaborating on presentations
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Before we go into any of the new features in depth, I'd like to take a moment just to compare prior versions of PowerPoint to the latest 2010. For example, Office 2010 now includes the powerful Backstage view, giving you fullscreen access to your recent files and folders, print preview, and easy methods to saving and sharing your presentation with others. The Ribbon, first introduced in 2007, has also been improved. It's now customizable. You can add and remove buttons, create your own tabs, and much more. A long overdue feature is the ability to save your slideshow with all its animation, narration, and embedded video, to a video file on your computer.
This lets you save your slideshow on to a DVD or upload it to your favorite social networking sites. PowerPoint 2010 also expands on old features too, with new SmartArt diagrams, great-looking themes, and enhanced photo editing features that mimic professional photo editing applications. Speaking of enhancing old features, the Transition's feature of PowerPoint, which takes us from one slide to the next, has been given a graphical overhaul that takes advantage of modern video cards. Check out some of the new transitions available in 2010, compared to the choppier ones in prior versions.
Small enhancements, like the new Paste Preview feature, are a huge time saver. Any professors out there? You'll love the new Equation Editor, which lets you create properly formatted equations with ease. Likewise, if you're a professional trainer like I am, you're going to save a lot of time with the new Insert Screenshot command. You choose the application you want to capture, optionally crop it, and you're done. As you've seen in this short video, PowerPoint 2010 offers features that would have made yesterday's presentations significantly better. I think that the video editing features alone are worth the upgrade, and I look forward to showing you more about this feature and many more in this course.