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Tools used by pro PowerPoint presentation designers

Posted by Stinson / May 28th, 2016
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handsome hipster modern man designer working home using laptop at home

PowerPoint presentation designers are termed ‘pro’ for one reason and that’s because they can transform an ordinary presentation into an enticing piece of information. Designers make a presentation stand out with attractive designs and eye-catching graphics. Ever wondered what tools that Powerpoint designers use to create magic in a presentation? Well, read on as we discuss them.

Some of the tools that professional presentation designers use can be found in Microsoft PowerPoint itself; however, there are some third-party tools which are also used to enhance the overall look and feel of the slides. PowerPoint presentation designers create slides with one and only aim in mind is to stun the audience with impressive graphics while ensuring that a message is communicated effectively.

Perspector

Perspector is a tool used by designers to create 3D images on PowerPoint presentations. Instead of having the same old 2D images and regular slides, PowerPoint presentation designers now have a new way of keeping the audience interested in a presentation. 3D graphics definitely capture the attention of the audience and keep them glued to presentations.

Perspector comes with a set of templates, with images, that can be easily transferred onto PowerPoint slides. In addition, designers can customize these slides based on the user’s requirement and preference. If designers want to draw 3D images from scratch, they can do so using the drawing interface provided by this application.

PivotViewer

The Silverlight PivotViewer is yet another tool frequently used by PowerPoint presentation designers. It is especially useful if there are huge amounts of data that need to be captured in the PowerPoint slides. As you know, presenting large amount of information in a table format is not user-friendly or attractive. It is difficult for an audience to read and understand the data. Plus, too much information makes the presentation look cluttered.

This amazing tool allows designers to present data in a powerful manner, by showing trends in the data that would otherwise be difficult to observe. This makes a presentation informative as well as fun, without overwhelming the audience with a flood of information.

Autodesk 3DS Max

If a designer is making slides for an architect or a civil engineer, he will find the Autodesk 3DS Max tool extremely useful. This tool allows professional PowerPoint presentation designers to create as well as simulate models, which makes it an enriching moment for the audience. Generally, architects face the challenge of transferring their visualizations from paper to the screen and this tool does just that. Showing a building or a bridge in 3D on a PowerPoint presentation is no longer an impossible task with the amazing Autodesk 3DS Max.

VisualBee PowerPoint Add-In

Believe it or not, professional PowerPoint presentation designers too sometimes fall short on time and resort to automatic design tools for last minute enhancements. One such tool is the VisualBee add-in, which can be installed on the PowerPoint application. This tool allows designers to populate the deck of slides as usual and then, alerts the system to take care of the enhancement. There is a button in the tool called ‘Enhance Presentation’, which allows designers to select designs and styles in a jiffy, if they are rushing for time. Most designer will avoid this, as there is very little customization involved but it can help you for presentations when time is of the essence or you don’t have the budget for a professional designer.

SmartArt

Most of us are already familiar with the SmartArt tool that is present in the Microsoft PowerPoint application. However, not all of us take full advantage of this tool. PowerPoint designers use this tool to create diagrams, charts and graphs. Instead of merely presenting data in the boring tabular style, designers go one step further and add the ‘glam’ element to the slides. Again, this is a powerful tool but lacks a lot of the customization we usually like to work with.

Animations and Transitions

The animations and transitions found in the Microsoft PowerPoint are great as long as they are handled smartly. It is not difficult to get a firm grasp of this tool, yet many users do not use this tool to an optimal level. To emphasize certain key words, professional designers use animation on the relevant text but try to do so in a minimalistic manner. This immediately draws the attention of the audience to the information which ensure their focus is exactly where it should be.

Professional PowerPoint presentation designers also use consistent transition between slides to exude professionalism and keep the audience entertained throughout the presentation. Professional designers maintain the right amount of activity when it comes to transition so that the audience does not get distracted by too much movement on the slides.

Wordle

Many times, PowerPoint presentation designers come across slides that are simply bursting with way too much content. Sometimes, it is important to include the text, even though it is plenty. So, what do professional designers do when they come across this situation? They make use of the Wordle tool to add funk to the slides. This tool builds a word cloud based on the text and acts as a unique backdrop to the slide.

Cacoo

Cacoo is a drawing tool that many professional PowerPoint presentation designers use to create flow charts and diagrams that may be difficult to draw using the in-built tools in Microsoft PowerPoint. Cacoo not only allows designers to create standard diagrams but enables user to customize the diagrams and flow charts as per his requirement. In addition, once the designer completes his diagram, he can save it as an image and incorporate it into multiple PowerPoint presentations.

Oomfo

Oomfo is yet another tool that enables professional designers to create charts and graphs, with animation. When designers use Oomfo, in a reasonable manner, they can really create powerful presentations. Oomfo stuns the audience with the visuals and makes it fun for both the user and the viewer. In addition, Oomfo makes graphs and charts interactive. It allows 2D images to be converted into 3D images in a split second and enables slicing and rotation of pie charts to engage the audience.

Thanks to the advancement in technology, professional PowerPoint presentation designers as well as amateurs have the opportunity to create powerful presentations. Though these tools may help you better your presentation designs, they are to be used in moderation, and are often difficult to adapt to certain brands, which is why we tend to create all of our content custom.