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December 18, 2008  7:23 AM

SlideShare Ribbon: Socialize Your Presentation from PowerPoint 2007 Now

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No doubt SlideShare has same creative power as YouTube in Web 2.0 presentation, like its LinkedIn App, Facebook, etc. Now, according to SlideShare’s latest blog post “SlideShare makes PowerPoint social”, it is introducing an add-in for PowerPoint 2007 to makes the sharing and social features of SlideShare accessible without even leaving PowerPoint.

SlideShare Ribbon
SlideShare Ribbon

As the good connection with desktop and Web apps, this SlideShare release is catching and pushing the industry leading of Web presentation. Microsoft finally joined the market days ago, but it seems not easy to be the king here.

To install the SlideShare Ribbon, you’ll need to PowerPoint 2007, Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

William Peterson
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November 22, 2008  11:22 AM

IBM White Paper: The Value of Training and the High Cost of Doing Nothing

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The Value of Training

Never doubt that IBM’s training is the best business training I’ve ever seen. Recently, IBM published an interesting white paper called “The Value of Training” by consultant David Leaser. It notes that, a company will lose 10 to 30% of its capabilities per year. By year three, an organization has retained only 41% of it original capabilities, dwindling to 24% by year six. Right, that’s the point: it costs more than a better training, if we still do nothing.

When most companies are facing the terrible financial crisis, they cut the budget. Less business trip, less internal expenses, but significantly the staff training should not be ignored.

William Peterson
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November 22, 2008  11:00 AM

Office’s Running Hour: Sketching Out Your PowerPoint Presentations in Ten Minutes

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Well, every Friday I’ll attend some weekly meetings in the company. I think most office people get the same as me. Have you ever found yourself decompressing in true leisure one minute and scrambling to meet any deadline the next? So I teach people to survive with making conference presentations effortlessly.

VideoJug’s “How to Write A PowerPoint Presentation In 5 Minutes” is a great tutorial for most staffs. However, there’s kinda funny elements in it. And I think an real enough briefing-like PowerPoint presentation could be made perfectly in 10 minutes. Besides these tips in that video, I have something else to recommend:

1. To make excellent presentation with professional-looking slides, you need some good PowerPoint template resources on your pocket. See one of my previous post about this here.

2. Getting used to these intuitive features in PowerPoint 2007 will make your creation better and faster. Just learn something like SmartArt, shortcuts, etc. Quick Tips for PowerPoint 2007 on my previous post | PowerPoint 2007 – Get up to speed from Microsoft

3. Attach more. When you’re too busy to summary something in the slides, why not just attach and show the original files within your presentation? Check out some previous posts from me about “attaching documents or objects“, “recording narrations“, “Adding YouTube video clips“, or “embedding real-time Web pages“.

Assuming you’ve got the 10-minute-presentation talent, you got enough breathing space in office, aren’t you?

William Peterson
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November 19, 2008  3:52 AM

When Apple’s iPhone Becomes Rich: The Road to Flash or Silverlight on iPhone

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Yesterday I read Brian Chen’s “Why Apple Won’t Allow Adobe Flash on iPhone“, and found that the “Flash on iPhone” topic is really everyone’s talking-about in the town. And most users would be disappointed with clause 3.3.2 of the iPhone SDK agreement.

“An Application may not itself install or launch other executable code by any means, including without limitation through the use of a plug-in architecture, calling other frameworks, other APIs or otherwise … No interpreted code may be downloaded and used in an Application except for code that is interpreted and run by Apple’s Published APIs and built-in interpreter(s).”

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I guess everyone is thinking, it’s not a jeopardous thing to allow Flash on iPhone platform, and Apple might be too arrogant. However, we have to wait Apple’s agreement – it would be in 9 months I think. Besides, we don’t refuse any tricks, such as the belgian interactive designer Thomas Joos made his tricks to port Flash Lite to the iPhone (http://vilebody.wordpress.com/2008/07/02/porting-flash-lite-to-the-iphone-btween/),

Other Riches: Can Microsoft Silverlight Catch It At First?

Jobs says Flash just doesn’t cut the mustard and won’t show up on the iPhone. Does that mean we can expect Silverlight running on the iPhone first? The 2.0 version of Silverlight features enhanced video support, and initial mobile support for Nokia S60 or Windows Mobile (http://silverlight.net/learn/mobile.aspx). According to Scott Guthrie, VP of Microsoft’s .Net developer division, the company has been working on Silverlight for the iPhone. But, like with Flash, Apple is reluctant to allow third-party Web plug-ins on its handset. If I’m Microsoft, I’ll try my best to persuade Apple, to capture the leading role in the mobile rich market.

William Peterson
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November 9, 2008  12:25 PM

The Way We Use: Google Docs in Office and Classroom

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Honestly I’m not promoting Google Docs for Google as an affiliate, the “Google Docs” in this article could be any kinds of online office applications, such as Zoho, ThinkFree, etc. Google Docs is just the might-be popular one as I know. And here I’m expressing my personal experiences about that.

Google Docs Make Office More Productive

I usually open those attached Word or Excel documents in my Gmail with Google Docs. That’s the best convenient and safe method I think to review these documents at the first impression. And then recently, more and more co-workers of mine like to share some documents via Google Docs to complete them with collaboration. It’s really save time and energy to do so. And the best part is, we can resume the work anytime anywhere if we get Internet to access Google Docs.

Google Docs Makes Classroom More Interesting

As not a teacher, I’m not sure more uses of Google Docs in classroom, but some teachers ever told me the Google Docs way to enrich the class is so friendly and it can be accepted by more students easily than the ways with LMS (Learning Management System). Certainly Google Docs cannot replace LMS, but for most documents, presentations sharing, it’s easy to get a class closer. There’s an good example presentation by Tom Barrett:

Eleven Interesting Ways to use Google Docs in the Classroom
http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dhn2vcv5_8323t58h3ft

Google Docs in the Classroom

William Peterson
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November 9, 2008  12:15 PM

Live, Not Survive: Microsoft Will Take Online Office on the Best Road

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According to Anita Hamilton’s “Late to the Game: Microsoft Office Online” on TIME, the rivalry of paperless office technologies like word processor, spreadsheets or presentations, etc. has been not the old style “Microsoft Office or IBM Lotus” for more and more companies. Giving Google Docs or Zoho a try is the recent popular choice for us.

Although Microsoft Office is still the dominant in the area of business applications for office, it can’t ignore what’s going in the current markets. It has been quite a few months after I introduced Microsoft’s project “Office Live Workspace Beta” (refer to Live Workshop Rivalry: Build Your Presentation Mind On the Road), and I cited that we really need better Web capabilities on the coming office suite (refer to On The Road: Microsoft Office Has To Bet Its Future On The Web). But why Microsoft decide not catch up the way until 2010?

Microsoft Wants to Make the Best Web Office

I have to thank for all the efforts on those gorgeous ribbons and SmartArts in Office 2007, which really help me a lot on presentations. However, online compatibility is the biggest weakness in the Internet times. The coming Office 14 would be really late for the online office market, but I guess Microsoft won’t make that launch another miss. Heard from Workspace Team Blog, the Sliverlight technology has been added into the new Office Live Workspace. Based on the great rich media technologies from Microsoft Silverlight, maybe the expected Office 14 could move all rich features in Office 2007 to the Web. Isn’t that the best idea to conquer the online land for Microsoft? We’re waiting.

William Peterson
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November 2, 2008  11:19 AM

Open Office or Not: Web Friendly Microsoft Office 14 Takes the Stage

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Microsoft has announced that the Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 would be out next spring, but I can’t find more surprises like the ribbon in first 2007. When I was interested in the recent frenzy of gorgeous Open Office 3.0, Microsoft PDC 2008 (Professional Developers Conference) showed us something new: Office 14 for Web.

Microsoft Office 14 for Web

I can’t tell this new Web friendly Office will catch the future or not. We see, it’s really cool, with the immigration to online office trends like Google Docs. Definitely Microsoft wants to capture the newly Web market as Google does, and it’s not a bad idea to start up testing the future software as service. Does this work? We’ll see how Google makes and wait for the answer.

William Peterson
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November 2, 2008  10:48 AM

Post Presentation 2.0: Showing Your Presentations When You LinkedIn with Friends

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I really can’t believe this great feature from LinkedIn: a new platform called “Applications” allows you to add PowerPoint presentations from SlideShare or Google Docs to your profile. The service is amazing and good.

linkedin application with slideshare and google presentation

Certainly, this still-beta-testing “LinkedIn Applications” feature seems to be a copycat of “Facebook Application. However, it’s just the real post Web 2.0 collaboration. For kinda online presentations like SlideShare or Goodle Docs, it’s show time. Likewise that Omnisio combines SlideShare with YouTube, PowerPoint presentations are going to a new day, and I call it “Post Presentation 2.0″.

William Peterson
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November 2, 2008  10:14 AM

Over Microsoft Silverlight 2, Adobe Flash Player 10 Goes Upper

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Just a few days later the clickjacking issue of Flash Player 9, Adobe quietly attracts the mass with that fresh flagship product Flash Player 10, with new 3-D technologies, and better rich media engine inside. So what Microsoft Silverlight should do on this?

Adobe Flash Player 10

Frankly, I appreciate the great development of Microsoft Silverlight, which already has the most right technologies for Web applications. Here the problem is, why should we give up Flash technologies for Silverlight? I talked about kinda this topic for many times, and i thought that the turning point for Silverlight could be an another advantage for more Web developers. If our developers get that real value, it’s no doubt for the coming boom.

By the way, Adobe Flex is another good example, I think.

William Peterson
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October 11, 2008  9:43 AM

Take All Business Documents on E-Paper, Why Not?

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Recently I’m really interested in reading New York Times via Amazon.com’s Kindle. It makes me feel good with another reading experience. I also think kinda e-paper or e-ink technologies would change the future of our reading. It likes presentations in mobile devices on my view. As an environmentalist, I really recommend the paperless business with these e-paper technologies.

Actually Kindle is not so-called good enough as I know, but it’s the latest one over the market. In Japan, Sony introduces another nice gadget LIBRIé EBR-1000EP with better design and usability. And just last month, the company Plastic Logic from Cambridge University unveiled its new-blood digital reader with a balance between size and convenience (http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/09/plastic-logics.html). This one is really impressive. Whatever for the business or not, I guess the new era of paperless world is coming.

plastic logic e-paper

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