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I'm excited to announce that the PowerPoint product engineering team has officially joined the Office Blog. These are the folks who literally build PowerPoint, and they're intimately familiar with its full breadth of possibilities. Which we know will provide great reading for you.
The team had a blog on MSDN (Microsoft Developers Network), but to make it easier for you to one-stop-shop when it comes to PowerPoint information, we're happy to welcome them to the Office Blog.
A number of you have asked when the PowerPoint blog might get more in-depth, feature more technical posts, and otherwise publish content that shows what PowerPoint can really do when pushed to its limits. This move will surely help, by featuring past and future posts by the people who work hard every day to make PowerPoint what it is.
If you've been following their MSDN blog, you can find all their previous posts on the PowerPoint blog (all dated prior to November 4, 2010). Take a look, and as always, leave questions if you have them.
Be sure to check out Holly Thomas' post with all the details about this and several other related changes to the Office Blog. She's also got a great post with some pretty dazzling numbers about how widely used Office is, with a copy sold every second, and 30 million+ using Office Web Apps. Pretty startling (in a good way!)
-- Erik Jensen
Help. Can anyone tell me how to take all content from a PowerPoint file and copy it into a different design template? If so PLEASE post and send me HOW TO at email@example.com ... MANY thanks in advance...
If the engineering team are truly contributing and reading the blog (the later I doubt), then try fixing some features rather than constantly adding new ones!
Help. I created a presentation in 2007 pptm which includes macros. Since creating it, I now have the 2010 version. When I am in regular presentation mode, meaning not "show" mode the macros work in the slide show view. When I save it to a powerpoint show (ppsm), the macros do not work. I have enabled all macros in the trust settings and in the developer tab. In using 2007, I never had this problem with this presentation. Your suggestions are appreciated.
I'm an engineer on the PowerPoint team, and we're working really hard to understand the pain points you experience when building presentations. Thank you very much for sharing the feedback in the post you referenced. The more information you share regarding the situaion, the more we can do to find a fix. It would be helpful, for example, to see an example of a slide where the "Esc" key doesn't deselect an object - I've checked a lot of 2007 and 2010 installations and haven't been able to reproduce this behavior.
Perhaps you could share your email address and we can work through some of these together. Again, thanks for speaking up.
@Estherann, this isn’t a problem that I'm familiar with. If you like, send your presentation to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can take a closer look at what's going on. Thanks for writing in.
Belated congratulations on the 2010 release! Great product.
I used 2010 in beta and found an issue which your developers found a fix for, but I was told it involved "setting a reg-key", and that I should contact Microsoft after release to get instructions. The problem still persists in the released version, and the contact info for the gentleman I was working with at Microsoft is no longer valid.
I am happy to see the engineering team here. There are a lot of very knowledgeable/helpful people at the newsgroups, but even the MVPs can't help with this one.
@AmyM, give this link a try and let me know if you're able to find the solution to your issue. If this doesn't help, send the information to me at email@example.com about your specific issue, who you were working with, etc.
@Chris, I would welcome the opportunity to talk through the issues. Absolutely no expectation from this side but it would be good to feel that they are communicated to the product team.
Start with sc1t4le(at)hotmail(dot)com
Hello again Erik,
I've posted on 4 different MS forums regarding the problem noted above, including the one you've recommended. I've posted this sample: cid-b00d0908998f8de6.office.live.com/.../Public
I've waited patiently.
The responses have ranged from no answer to "You're on the wrong board". Is the engineering team really here?
Here's the key you are looking for, and how to add it:
1. Open your registry editor (type regedit in a command shell)
2. Nagivate to Current User->Software->Microsoft->Office->14.0->Options
3. Add a new DWORD and call it "DisableSpriteClipping"
4. Set the value to 1 (Hex or Dec, doesn't matter)
Let us know if that helps!
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You're my hero! I'm using this very animation in a show on Tuesday.
There are many great new features in ppt 2010.
I am Very disappointed with the "new animations" Since many animations are missing! Example The "stretch" animation is one I have used to make arrows, lines and obljetcs aniumate in a sequence to build an obect or make it change shape.
In addition they are limited to one animation per object on the slide. For instance, I can no longer shrink and object as it shrinks move it to another position on the slide.
While you brag about all the video features that can be done with the new PowerPoint, why are manyof very basic object animations cut?
As a professional producing trainings with PowerPoint and using the animations to create effects to objects I can no longer produce the same trainings I did with 2007! In fact they don't even display properly now! What was once a work of art is now a hodge podge of strange effects!
It seems like the program has been dumbed down for the home user and the professional is left with half the features it once had. I have to use 5 to 7 mouse clicks to create one animation effect and I used to be able to open a click box or check off a single menu. Now I have to open the Animation Pane and use the Ribbon to get to an animation and open the control box multiple times to change the effects properties. Where's the "make it like 2007" button? How can I get back the animations you took away? Do you have an add-on pack?
Tom G Professional Trainer
Frustrated Experienced PowerPoint User
Is there any solution?
@Tom G, thank you very much for writing in to us to tell us your thoughts about PowerPoint 2010. As a professional-level customer, feedback like this is very important to us, and I passed your comments on to the PowerPoint engineering team. I am sorry that the product has not lived up to your expectations regarding animations. Again, thank you for taking the time to write in. We are listening.