If you use Office on the Mac, this book is for you! Office 2011 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies covers Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It’s by two MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals, a Microsoft award for experts who contribute to the the technological community in their field). James Gordon is a Mac MVP. (yes, Microsoft actually has a couple of those!) Geetesh Bajaj is a PowerPoint MVP, owner of Indezine.com, one of the best PowerPoint resources around.
If you’re not familiar with All-in-One For Dummies books, they’re thick! This one is over 800 pages.
I’ll stick to Book IV, which is the PowerPoint part.
- Chapter 1: Profiling PowerPoint’s Interface. Here you’ll find all the introductory material, such as templates, different views, transitions, slide timings, preferences, and notes pages.
- Chapter 2: Opening and Saving a Presentation. This chapter includes ways to protect a presentation.
- Chapter 3: Feeling at Home on the Ribbon. This chapter sounds like it’s about the interface, but actually covers a lot of the basic features of PowerPoint, including slide layouts, formatting text, inserting content, aligning objects, and adding tables.
- Chapter 4: Adding Audio and Movies. Self-explanatory
- Chapter 5: Designing Masters, Slide Layouts and Themes. This excellent chapter shows you the underbelly of how PowerPoint works, explaining slide masters, custom layouts, customized handouts, and creating your own themes.
- Chapter 6: Applying Animation. All the basics of animation are in this chapter, including motion paths.
- Chapter 7: Delivering Your Presentation. You’ll find some great advice and recommendations for excellent delivery here. There’s a clear description of Presenter view, which shows the presenter notes and upcoming slides. You’ll also find information about recording, broadcasting (new for 2011), custom shows, and more.
- Chapter 8: Printing, Sharing, and Coauthoring Presentations. Learn about printing and distributing presentation in various formats, including video. There’s some excellent content about collaboration with SkyDrive or SharePoint.
This book is an excellent reference and I highly recommend it.