Sunday, August 14, 2011

Create Beautiful Timelines in PowerPoint With Office Timeline 2010

Just like Windows Vista and Windows 7 are revolutionary compared to previous versions of the operating system, Office 2007 and Office 2010 are miles ahead of Office 2003. The huge improvement and changes to the program is often visible on the program’s output. Take for example, PowerPoint 2010. The slides have better backgrounds, the graphics are prettier and even the fonts look good. With little effort, a user can produce attractive presentations solely by using tools present on PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. This is made possible through some very interesting features included in Office 2007 and 2010.

There is the Shapes tool which you can use to add beautiful curves, among other things, to your slides. The picture formatting tools allow you to work with your images inside PowerPoint and perform basic to even impressive image manipulations. The Charts, backgrounds and templates - all have been improved. Then of course, there are plug-ins to fill the gaps (eg. Chart Chooser and Oomfo).

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Office Timeline 2010 is a free add-on for Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 that lets you to add impressive timelines to your slides in a matter of minutes, instead of creating them manually, which may take you hours to finish. And the end result might not even look very pretty, unless you happen to be a talented graphics designer.

Rather than showing data tables, Office Timeline allow you to quickly and easily create compelling timelines which visually represent your information in a way that is easy to understand and digest. A typical time shows a long bar labeled with dates and events marked along the timeline indicating the time period when those events occurred. There are four basic styles available and they can be customized at will.

But here is the best part – all graphic elements used in the timeline are PowerPoint objects already present in Microsoft PowerPoint. So you can share the slides and the recipients don't even have to have Office Timeline installed in order to view them.

Because all objects created by the Office Timeline are native PowerPoint objects, you can edit and manipulate timeline objects the same way you would edit any PowerPoint object including color, shape, 3D effects, and so on.

Another cool thing about using native PowerPoint objects is that the timeline automatically adapts to your design theme.  For example, if you decide to apply a new design template to your presentation, the timeline automatically picks up the new color scheme.

Watch the video demo below to understand how Office Timeline 2010 works.

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