9 Most desired features in PowerPoint

PowerPoint presentations have come a long way in the way they look, and the impact they create. Whether it is for a small group presentation, or a large scale conference, the corporate life would be meaningless without PowerPoint presentations, as they truly form the crux and foundation for all businesses across the world.
While PowerPoint has many features that one can make the most use of, there are 9 features that are yet to find their place and prominence, and hence leave a lot of scope for creative and innovative expression.

Ability to export animated GIF’s

Nothing makes a presentation come to life the way GIF’s can. Besides empowering the message, it makes the entire presentation visually appealing and interactive. While this feature is not currently supported by PowerPoint, it is definitely one of the most sought after.

Save MOV files

The ability to save Multimedia files is present in PowerPoint, but is not present in MOV format, which is exclusive to Apple products. In a day and age where viewers consume video based content more than static, having this feature would amplify the messages that are presented by corporates on a global scale.

Lock Slide Objects

Even though one can easily group certain objects while creating a PowerPoint presentation, it is not possible to lock selected elements on a slide. Therefore, this makes it in the top 3 of our ‘desired features’ list for PowerPoint.

Replace color in the entire deck

Yes, everything on the PowerPoint application is easy, and a lot of things can be executed with just a few clicks, but replacing the entire color in the deck in one go is still not a possibility in PowerPoint. If one has to attempt to change the color, that person has to do it manually, which is definitely more time consuming, and becomes a hassle.

Pre-integrated Animated Icons

Bringing the PPT to life with pre-integrated animated icons is next level innovation that we hope becomes a possibility in the near future. Icon sets are great, but animation is where the world is right now, and we hope that PowerPoint picks up on this soon!

Save each slide as separate video

If you are using PowerPoint to create Instagram content, or anything related to social media, instead of hiding slides manually in order to export videos, it would be great to have a mechanism through which we could save every slide as a separate video, as that would make the process easy and less cumbersome.

Support drag and drop eps files

While PowerPoint has started supporting .svg files lately, it is important that a globally known vector format like eps should also be made available. This would be great, as it would help avoid the unnecessary step of having to convert files before using them.

Back and forth video play

We have already stressed on videos being an essential part of PowerPoint presentations, and going in sync with that is this one feature which is of the back and forth video play that is yet to be seen and made use of in PowerPoint. If one needs to make a reverse loop quirky content for social media content, then this would be a very useful feature.

Bigger canvas value than 56 inches

56 inches is the maximum that a PowerPoint is going to go up to, however a bigger resolution is what we live to see. Greater value, greater visibility and a greater effect of all the images and designs will surely come together in a dynamic way if this number gets stretched, and literally so! Moreover, PowerPoint presentations are used for large-scale events, and therefore having a feature that extends in size would be beneficial.

Background video autoplay on visiting a previous slide

If this feature would be implemented, it would take PowerPoint presentations to a whole new level, besides adding to the aesthetics and effect. Currently, when we move from one slide to the next slide, and then if we visit the previous slide, the video content of that slide (if any) would not play automatically, but this feature would be really helpful in creating a touch-screen capability in PowerPoint, besides enhancing the viewer’s experience.

Better animations and transitions

PowerPoint, since its inception has always provided a wide variety of transitions and animations, however we still have a long way to go in getting better quality transitions and animations like Title animations, parallax effect, carousel, cinema graph etc. Like they say, there is ALWAYS room for improvement!

Emerging Trends in Business Presentations

Inclination of humankind towards story telling dates back to those ancient ages when story telling meant drawings on cave walls. With time, the society has evolved, the mode of telling story has evolved too. But the interest in telling stories as well as listening to interesting tales have never seen a dip. Irrespective of our ages, we are always attracted to a good story teller even today. And that might be the reason why world-famous brands like Nike, Apple or Google are known and appreciated for their great storytelling for each brands and products.

The importance of a good presentation in today’s business world is immense. Needless to say, what wonder a crisp, simple yet aesthetically appealing presentation can do to your brand today. The future of storytelling in business is going to evolve further in the coming years and the emerging trends in this area makes the future even brighter.

Trends in Business Presentation

10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint

Initially the presentation meant narrating in detail what one has to say. But one of the major trendsetters in business presentation, Kawasaki came up with the new rule of 10/20/30. Where he recommends that the presentations should not contain more than 10 slides and should end within 20 minutes. As this is the limit of information that people can absorb. Also he says the font size on a slide should be 30 so that it can be readable to even the oldest person in the room. This finally led to the importance of short, to-the-point, concrete presentation.

Simplistic Design in Presentation

It won’t be surprising if in the coming years PowerPoint stops being the most preferred tool for presentation. The present trend says that, people want more simplistic yet visually appealing presentation templates with more varieties than Microsoft PowerPoint provides. With the emergence of platforms like Haiku Deck that provides more non-design-pro yet aesthetically savvy templates on the web, new presentation software companies should be well aware of the emerging trends in this field.

Building Relationship with the Audience

Marketing is not about selling, it is all about building relationship with the customer, understanding their needs, providing solution and follow up activities. Similarly, today presentation has become more like a marketing activity than just telling a story. If you want your brand to generate a call-to-action you must come up with some follow up activities where you can connect with target audience. And here comes the importance for template sharing websites or blogs or eBooks which is majorly known as inbound marketing.

Emergence of Web Based Presentation

With the development of web based platforms it has become easier to approach larger number of audiences on real time. Further progress in augmented reality paves the way for its use in presentation approach for higher budget organization in order to interact with them in a much sophisticated way.

Undoubtedly, technology has made formal presentation easier as well as more appealing. But it is always useful to remember that no technology can replace YOU that is the presenter. Before incorporating any of the emerging technologies into your presentation, get your public speaking skills improved which requires rehearsing it again and again. Once you are comfortable with yourself on stage, choose the appropriate trend based on your need. At the end audience wants to see a good, understandable presentation by you, so it is always advisable to go by your ability than merely following the trends. And the key to become a successful presenter? Yes, it is still the hard-work and lots of practice.

Written By: Sudeshna Roy

Jack of All Failures; Master of Some

(A Caustic Take on Life: Please do not Read This)
You will never play like Messi or date Megan Fox, neither will you drive a Bugatti Veyron, or have more money than Warren Buffet. You will barely scrape through as another shrimp at the bottom of the lousy mediocre barrel, all through your life. Add to that, you will fail in exams, lose in arguments and generally be utterly invisible in the grand scheme of things.

You Sir/Madam and I are local sachets of ketchup, loitering deep inside the long forgotten crevices of ordinary fridges. In a world graced by wizards like Steve Jobs and Jimi Hendrix, we are as necessary as dandruff. The 100 likes on your display pictures, 30 lakh per annum salaries and Honda Civics’ in the garage are as average as the word “average”. So in effect, we are all… Jack of All Failures; Master of Some. Disgusted yet, embarrassed by a distinctively negligible existence?

If you Sir/Madam are still reading, there is a teeny tiny something that can give you that opportunity to have a memorial in your honour and your life celebrated as the feature article in the Time Magazine. That microscopic something is called “Chance”.

During this period of 70 odd years (if you die earlier, I don’t mind, creates better probability for the rest of us) you and I will get chances to gobble the Sun, drink the ocean and ski with the wind, chances that Alexander, Gandhi and Sachin got. These will appear out of nowhere, wanting to be missed, ignored, not looked at or explored. Grab these chances at gun point (take it literally),kidnap these slimy slippery bastards and keep them forever.

Do whatever it takes; vomit fire if required. You Sir/Madam have to be a crouching tiger, a hidden dragon. If you learn to recognize and grab these chances, you will never die. You will keep re appearing as an image on a stamp, a picture on a currency note, a quotation in a student’s essay, as the recorded voice of reason for future generations, in the last space craft that leaves this planet when it is time.

Learn how to “dance” with the “chance” and the “chance” will “break dance” with you till eternity.

Written by: Arnab Chakraborty