12 Apps of Christmas-Day 9- PowerPoint Labs

Day 1 – Hemmingway App (Writing help)
Day 2 – PollEverywhere (PowerPoint audience participation add-in)
Day 3 – The Great Suspender (Memory Manager – Chrome add-in)
Day 4 – Grammarly (Writing -Chrome add-in)
Day 5 – Dropbox for Gmail (Chrome add-in)
Day 6-  Canva (online graphics tool)
Day 7-  Google Drive for MS Office (Office add-in)
Day 8-  Power User (add-in for PowerPoint)
Day 9-  PowerPoint Labs (add-in for PowerPoint)

Continuing in the world of PowerPoint plug-ins, today I want to share some other cool things you can’t do with PowerPoint alone. Power-Point Labs is another plugin for PowerPoint with provides you with a new tab and additional features not natively available.

Check out this video to see some of the easy to use, super useful features PowerPoint Labs enables.

A couple of my favorites include:

  • Spotlight darkens all but a specified region on the slide, allowing you to easily focus your audience’s attention on a particular aspect.

Using Spotlight is easy. First, draw a shape to indicate the area which should be lit up – you can use any of PowerPoint’s included shapes, or even draw a freeform shape.

  • Animate In Slide can be used to create slick animations within a slide, just like those shown below:To use Animate In Slide, place a copy of the shape to be animated at each “stop” along the desired animation path. Next, select the shapes in the order to be animated (by Ctrl+clicking them), then click the Animate In Slide button.
  • Auto Crop allows you to easily cut out a section of an image on a slide without needing any additional image editing software.For more complex cut-outs, just draw multiple shapes, select all of them, then click Crop To Shape.

    The result of the above crop, with the shadow effect applied:

  • http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~pptlabs//gallery.html

Check out more details on what PowerPoint Labs can do on their website. 

Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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