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Doin' the Pecha Kucha

Michael Nolan

From Indianapolis to Istanbul, in over 123 cities around the world, a new kind of entertainment is taking place in hip clubs and multimedia spaces. Pecha Kucha began in Tokyo, and it can be summed up very simply: Slide presentations where the presenter is given a chance to tell a story with only 20 images, each shown for just 20 seconds. That’s 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up.

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Creating a Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 Automator workflow

Ben Waldie

Today’s Office 2008 Automator workflow is a PowerPoint workflow. First, you’ll be asked to choose some photos from your Aperture, iPhoto, or Photo Booth library. Next, the workflow will create a slideshow presentation in PowerPoint. Once the presentation has been created, it will be saved to the Desktop as a QuickTime movie. You could then e-mail the slideshow movie to a friend, upload it to your Web site, import it into iTunes and convert it for your iPod or iPhone, and more.

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Getting to know Microsoft Office 2008's Automator support

Ben Waldie

Mac users are probably aware that Microsoft released a new version of Office back in January. The new Office 2008 includes loads of new features and options, including more than 90 Automator actions (which I actually developed under contract) for Entourage, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Using these actions, you can now integrate your Office applications together—as well as other applications such as iCal, iTunes, iPhoto, and Safari—to create simple automated workflows. Throughout this week, I will be discussing the Office 2008 Automator actions and giving you some examples of things that can be done with them.

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Guy Kawasaki on Presentation Zen

Michael Nolan

Guy Kawasaki’s blog is called How to Change the World. You’d expect nothing less from this irrepressible guy. He introduced the concept of evangelism marketing to the high-tech world with his focus on creating passionate user-advocates for the Apple brand. Now he’s evangelizing evangelism itself, as the chief advocate for WOMM—word of mouth marketing. And he’s just given some powerful WOMM to our own Garr Reynolds’ Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery.

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Macworld witnesses devolution

Clifford Colby
Rebecca Freed devolves, er, reports from the  Microsoft-sponsored Macworld Expo Devo concert.

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This book will change the world

Michael Nolan

Many of our books find their audience because they advocate a new way of thinking, usually a form of simplification. Steve Krug demystified the practice of Web usability with his common-sense approach in Don't Make Me Think. Jeffrey Zeldman defied conventional wisdom at the time with his Designing With Web Standards. And now along comes Garr Reynolds with his stunning new book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, available December 17.

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