The public beta of PowerPoint 2010 will be available next month. I want to preview some of its features for you, because I think you’ll like them.
Note: Features that I see in my version of the beta may have changed.
There are many new video features. Some have been requested by users for years! Here are some of them:
By default, videos are embedded when you insert them (although you can choose to link them). This will reduce instances of videos not playing.
- Just like images and shapes, videos have a Style gallery, so you can add borders, swivel them, and change their shape!
- You can easily insert video from YouTube and other video sharing sites. Just provide the Embed code. Well, this didn’t work for me, but it’s a feature, so I’m hoping it’s been fixed.
- You can add text on top of videos, in the same way you add text on top of any other object. Of course, you can animate the text if you want
- Videos have play controls, so you can easily start, pause, and stop them during a slide show.
Conclusion: This will be a very popular new feature.
New Animation Features
The animation controls are now on the ribbon. You can still open a task pane, but it’s a little different. You’ll need it if you add more than one animation to an object and want to see them together or use the Advanced Timeline. I’m still getting used to this. Certain animations that are not on the animation gallery are a little harder to get to and I find myself going back and forth between the ribbon and the task pane.
There’s an animation painter to copy animations from one object to another! Hallelujah!
There are a few new transitions that are pretty classy. And you can specify animation timing to make it as slow or fast as you want.
Save to WMV video
You can save to WMV video format. If you have slide timings and animation, they will be included. (It can take a LONG time.) This feature doesn’t support video.
You’ll be able to access presentations online using Windows Live.I haven’t tested this much, so I can’t say too much about it. But you can go to skydrive.live.com and test some of them yourself. You can upload a presentation and keep it private or make it public (put it in the Public folder).
There’s also a broadcast feature to show presentations to others (Slide Show tab> Broadcast Slide Show).
For more information on PowerPoint 2010, go to http://blogs.msdn.com/powerpoint/