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Should PowerPoint be banned?

Originally posted on Academic workflows on a Mac:
My favorite podcaster Lucy Kellaway went into an open attack on PowerPoint (for those who wonder, Power Point is Windows presentation software also used by Mac users who have not discovered Apple Keynote). Not…

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Stop being boring! – another Keynote animation

These two Keynote slides illustrate some principles of animation described in an earlier post.  The first slide starts with a screenshot of Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen website. The words “stop being boring” are captured by a separate screenshot of the same screen … Continue reading

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Don’t let your Keynote animations compete with you

One of the best things about using a Mac is getting to use Keynote. It is a powerful and beautiful alternative to working with power point. Keynote has flexible and easy-to-use animations (called “Builds”) and transitions between slides which can … Continue reading

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Managing audience attention: Keynote animations

There are only two real scarcities in the world: the scarcity of time and the scarcity of attention. In public speaking, you engage with both. You can’t afford to waste time or to lose the attention of your audience. Good … Continue reading

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Academic presentations: ideas, workflows, and a Mac

I recently commented on the declining quality of academic talks driven by the logic of conference organizers, for whom ‘a presentation’ often means nothing more than a set of slides. We can counteract this decline by taking the preparation of our … Continue reading

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It’s not Macs vs. PCs. It’s people vs. powerpoints

A meeting of an academic board. Ten people. Eight Macs. One PC. The PC is projecting PowerPoint bullet lists about academic excellence, technological innovation, and social transformation. The presenter reads to the audience what is displayed on the screen, line … Continue reading

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What software to use for figures on Mac

Recently I was sitting next to someone at a conference and he was working on figures for a paper during a session. So far sounds pretty normal. Trouble was he was using microsoft powerpoint…on a Mac. I realized that we … Continue reading

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