Danny Mass, in his blog, TILT – Teachers Improving Learning with Technology, offers some fascinating ways to create Flash-like animation in PowerPoint.
First, he reviews PowerPoint’s general custom animation feature. Then he discusses:
“Keyframe” animation with duplicate slides or sprites. For example, you can make a stick figure appear to move its arm, or to walk. Sprites are existing figures that you can download that appear in various stages of motion.
Flash once animation, which can give the appearance of keyframe animation. Danny uses a spider darting around the slide.
See his video explaining the techniques. You can download his PowerPoint file in the same place.
Animation Question?? I understand the thing of making a shape (circle or box) traveling down an path of motion., but How do I make a line start at one location and as it travels ther line stays in place as it gets longer traveling. I am trying to animate liquid flow inside a pipeline. Once the valve is open I want a color (brown) to travel from the tanik inside the piping to and end point. (direction of flow) How do I do it??
I think that you want the Wipe effect. See my tip, “Create the effect of a line drawing itself,” at http://www.ellenfinkelstein.com/pptblog/create-the-effect-of-a-line-drawing-itself/. Does that help?
thanks for the information