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Yesterday Microsoft announced that the Office team has reached the technical preview engineering milestone for Microsoft Office 2010. We now kick-off the Technical Preview program mentioned in our June 25th posting. The big effect that this will have on the PowerPoint Team Blog is that the team can start talking publically about what we’ve been working on over the past two-plus years. As you can imagine, it is a very exciting time!
Over the next few months, the blog will showcase some of the marquee improvements we’ve made to PowerPoint 2010. The team is planning to do twice-weekly blog posts. Many of the first posts will be high-level introductions to new features like first-class video support, new distribution formats for presentations, collaborative authoring, the web-based version of PowerPoint and even broadcasting PowerPoint presentations to remote participants. Then we’ll make deep-dives into the user interfaces, programmability support and even the technical underpinnings of many of those features. Our hope is to share with you as much information about PowerPoint 2010 as possible.
To kick off these new PowerPoint 2010-focused posts, I’d like to give you a sneak peek at some of our new slide transitions. Transitions, the most basic animation type, have long been a staple of presentations. In PowerPoint 2010, based on feedback from presenters and audience members, we have made a substantial investment to our slide transition capabilities. In addition to providing a whole new set of slide transitions – with more coming after the Technical Preview – we have made existing slide transitions render faster and look more realistic. Here’s a quick look at some of the slide transitions you’ll see in PowerPoint 2010:
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll dive into the details of the newly improved Transitions tab user interface, a new class of transitions called content transitions, and even details about how the new transitions work in older versions of PowerPoint, and in the new ( yes, I said new! ) PowerPoint Viewer.
The PowerPoint team hopes that you will find these posts helpful in learning what is in store for PowerPoint 2010, and we hope that you’re as excited about this version as we are. We encourage everyone to check back often, or subscribe, to find out the latest about PowerPoint. Please give us your feedback by commenting right here in the blog!
Group Program Manager, Microsoft Office PowerPoint
July 14, 2009
I use PowerPoint for Classroom instruction of hydraulics, building my own animations of hydraulic circuits, which even with 2007 is time consuming drawing lines and using the "Wipe" animation to show flow along pipes etc, are there any plans to have an animation tool for "flow" to make this eisier to achieve and look professional?
@newscientest2000 - Please do give our Beta a try if you have a chance. We'd love to hear how the feature works for you! @MikeK - I'm not exactly sure what you mean by this drift? It sounds like you have sounds playing across slides and the "space" time between slides is causing your audio to get out of sync with something you have on the slides? For your second comment, it sounds like you're trying to avoid the play across slides sounds from ending early by accident? Anyhow, my best advice to reduce the "dead space" time between slides is to present on as high-performance machine as you can, and try to close any programs you can outside of PowerPoint. I'd like to hear more about what you're experiencing so we can better try to address your problems in the future. Feel free to shoot me an email at allhuan AT microsoft DOT com.
@CornellJ - Absolutely, text over video now works! Thanks for the compliments. :)
I'm looking forward to PP 2010. But I have some issues. I do 2007 PPs, toss them on a thumb drive, and do live presentations around the world. I use other people's computers. With PP Viewer 2007, some of the graphic features do not work because PP Viewer only recognizes PPT - not PPTX files. I can't find a workaround, even with the compatibility pack. PP viewer treats my 2007 PPs as if they were 2003. In fact, it turns the PPTX files into PPT files. So with 2010, what's the story with PP Viewer? Will it recognize 2007? 2010? Or will all the 2010 PPs end up as 2003 files? What's the point of upgrading?
The PPT 2007 Viewer does have some fidelity differences because we use the converter pack to change them to PPT files. In general, we change most of the graphic features into pictures, so they should look good most of the time. If you have specific types of features that don't work, please do let us know. For 2010, we will be releasing an upgraded version of the PP Viewer, and it will have full fidelity with all the features of 2007 and 2010. One thing to note is that the 2010 Viewer will not be a full install that you'll need to put on other people's computers. Let us know if this helps and if you have more questions. Thanks for your feedback!
Thanks for the response. One of the issues is SmartArt graphics/styles and animation. There is a feature with a series of rounded, vertical rectangles where you can insert graphics and text for each rectangle - then animate them so the rectangles fade in one by one. Very cool. But when turned into a PPT and using the Viewer, all the animation is lost. The rectangles appear all at once. So if stuff like that works with 2010 AND the new viewer, I would be very happy.
Hi Chuck, Stuff like that will work with 2010 and the new viewer. :). We expect that everything that you see in slide show in 2010 will be the same in the Viewer. -allen
Question. My biggest frustration with Powerpoint in general is that the guides dont lock so they are easily accidently moved. Will this be an option to lock guide in PPT 2010?
am I missing something? cannot see how to import a word file into powerpoint 2010
I still cannot get an answer to the question that I have regarding PPT2010. Will the owner of PPT 2010 be able to send a presentation with a video embedded in it and have it still play correctly and be seen by a recipient with an older version of PowerPoint? Will the video stay embedded and will they be able to play it and see it?
Also will there be an ability to place text over video in 2010
Hi Todd, If the recipient of the PPT 2010 file is running PPT 2007 SP2, the video will play but without any special effects(such as a reflection) that were applied in PPT 2010. And yes, you can place text over video in PPT 2010! -Sandy Yu (PPT)
Thanks Sandy,..I just tested it on a co-worker's PC and here's the ugly truth of it all... (I created a simple animated looping movie and placed our logo on top)it looked and played great on my PC...but when opening it on another co-worker's PC,.... It would flash the logo that I had placed on top of the video,..but then would strip away the logo and loop the animated background WITHOUT the logo on top. I was sooooo hopeful that it would keep the logo on top for the end user. Oh well. Maybe a new viewer update will be released soon that will fix this????
oh,...and I saved the file as a PPSX. They could open it and the video DID show up and play,..but again,..no logo was displayed on top of the clip.....I'm hope a new viewer will be released that perhaps will address that.
Hey Todd, We will be releasing a new viewer that will display the presentation correctly and fix the logo issue. Thanks!