Guy Kawasaki on PowerPoint

Today, Guy Kawasaki came to speak at Microsoft. One of the points that amused me the most was his idea that we should sell, and charge more for, a PowerPoint Pro version. That PowerPoint Pro should limit you to 10 slides, and never allow you to use a font smaller than 30. While I fundamentally…


San Francisco Bay Area Mac users needed

I’ve just mapped out my research schedule for the next few months, and I’ve come to a conclusion: I need more Mac users. In particular, I need Mac users who live in the Bay Area, and who are at least one of the following types of users: PowerPoint users who use PowerPoint in a business…


Office 2008 12.1.3 and Office 2004 11.5.2 available now

This is probably going to get lost in all of the discussion of the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, but just in case you feel like taking a break from all of that, Update Tuesday has delivered new updates to Office 2008 and Office 2004. Office 2008 12.1.3 has suite-wide improvements in performance, stability, and…

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questions for you PowerPoint users

I asked Entourage questions last time, so it’s PowerPoint’s turn … Do you use slide themes? If not, why not? Do you use a built-in theme, one that was given to you (say, a theme your company requires you to use), or one that you made yourself? Do you ever tweak a theme? What changes…

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20 years of PowerPoint

Today’s Wall Street Journal features an article titled PowerPoint turns 20 as its creators ponder a dark side to success. I did a quick poll of the PowerPoint:Mac team here today, and between us, we’ve got boxed copies of all versions of PowerPoint:Mac. The lead program manager has version 1, I’ve got version 2, and…

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thanks!

I put out a call on this blog last week to help me find some users who are Entourage and PowerPoint users. I had lots of responses, and as of right now, that particular study is filled. I want to thank all of you for reading that post, responding to it if you fit my…


Bay Area Mac users needed

Edited to add: This study has now been filled. Thanks for signing up! I know that I’ve asked our readers to participate in our usability studies before. I have a very specific need this time, and I’m hoping that you can help me out. I’ve got an upcoming usability study that covers new features in…


pretty persuasion

Apple’s got a profile up on their website about a PowerPoint user. It’s called Powers of Persuasion. Attorney Mark Lanier uses PowerPoint:Mac, and has lots of great things to say about it. 😀 . Here’s my favourite quote from that article: Lanier soon found that his trusty Mac was valuable not just for saving time…

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Office:Mac update 11.2.6

You might have missed it with everything else that’s going on in the Apple world this week, but we released Office:Mac 11.2.6 today. It’s a security update for some PowerPoint vulnerabilities. It’s available via AutoUpdate or for download on Mactopia.

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a day in the life (part three)

2pm I sit down with the team from the 9am meeting, and we discuss the recommendations from the usability test. How do these recommendations impact our development and test efforts? We talk about possible solutions to some of the issues that were surfaced during the test and agree on which actions to take (including a…