Chrome can open a lot of different files without the need to install any extra plugins, extensions, or scripts. In fact, many modern browsers can open some of the common file types that are used everyday including media files in MP3 and MP4 format, and PDF documents. Granted that browsers aren't the best file viewers for multimedia files, they are still great for quick previews or when you don’t have your preferred app available. The one file format, or rather the group of file formats that browsers don’t normally support by default are Microsoft Office documents, presentations, spreadsheets et al. If you don’t have Office installed on your PC or Mac, you can turn to Google Drive’s web version or services like Box and Jumpshare
that offer online file previews in order to view these files. Chrome users on the Beta channel now have another option. Google has released a new extension called Chrome Office Viewer
that allows you to drag and drop your Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files to your browser’s window and view them in it directly. The extension is currently experimental, so expect a hiccup or two here and there. Read More
Metadata provides detailed information about files that help users categorize them into different groups. This information is also used by system and third-party applications to assist in Search and quickly fetch information about required files. You can view the metadata information of a file from its Properties dialog box (accessible from the right-click context menu). Windows Explorer lists down all metadata of files in the Details view, but it doesn’t provide a convenient way to remove it, especially not from the document. Microsoft Office has a built-in tool to remove the metadata from a document, but if you don’t want to install Microsoft Office just to clean the metadata of documents, we have a tool that performs the job. Document Metadata Cleaner
is a free app that allows you to strip all the metadata from a Word, Excel and PowerPoint document. Once the metadata is removed, you can distribute the files without worrying about any unwanted information getting out along with the files.
A while back, we reviewed
3DPageFlip PDF to Flash, a handy tool to easily convert your PDF files to SWF format, so you may embed your PDF documents (as flash) into HTML pages. Today, we came across a similar tool from the same developer that helps you convert most PDF files to PPT (MS PowerPoint) format. PageFlip Free PDF to PowerPoint
is quite useful in situations where you want to present your important PDF files as a PowerPoint presentation, whether for a class project or to give a demonstration during a meeting with your boss. Like PDF to SWF tool, this utility also provides three different ways to convert your documents, i.e. Batch, Hot Directories and Command Line. Read past the jump for more details.
iPad might be the most popular tablet in the world, but there are certain things that just aren’t meant to be for iOS. One such thing is the Office suite by Microsoft, which, despite being the most popular documentation tool in use, does not have an iOS version. Nevertheless, the huge number of apps present in the App Store ensures that users have some good alternatives available for the original Office. CloudOn
brings Microsoft Office to the iPad, allowing you to edit and compose Office documents, view PDF and image files & upload your work with Dropbox, Google Drive & Box. While using the app, you are likely to feel that you are using Word, Excel or PowerPoint on your PC rather than on a mobile device, thanks to the stark similarities in interface. Update:
The app is now available for Android tablets as well.
Want to quickly share presentations online and get feedback on them? Reel
is a handy web app that creates presentations out of PPT, PDF and Word files. It is completely free and does not require any registration, requiring you to simply upload your files and generate beautiful presentations. PowerPoint presentations simply gets arranged according to slides, whereas Word and PDF files are treated as images that you can reorder in the presentation. Reel generates a URL link and an embed code of the HTML5 presentations, which can then be used on your website or blog. Furthermore, it offers users with Poll Results, which may be used to vote on presentations and view the results in order to get feedback.
PowerPoint presentations are a handy way to indulge your audience into what you’re trying to demonstrate. But in order to get the most out of it, you need proper equipment and tools at your disposal, which also includes what is being presented on screen. And when we talk about what's been shown on the screen, mouse pointer plays an integral part. It is quite easy to lose track of mouse cursor position during PowerPoint presentations on large projector screens. Another problem is that, if you have to point something out to the audience, there is no way for anyone to locate the mouse cursor if they are sitting a bit far away or unless you move it around a little bit. Today, we have software solution for you that might come in handy in such scenarios. Simply labelled as PointerStick
, it is a portable application that adds a stick to your mouse cursor, enabling you to easily point at objects on you computer screen. The stick itself seems quite reminiscent of a magic wand. The beauty here is that you can also fully customize the stick, for example, you can change size, transparency and texture of the stick, and use hotkeys to enable and disable it, accordingly.
MS PowerPoint presentations are often used by students, entrepreneurs, managers and the like for presenting ideas, forecasts, and statistics to a group of people. Being able to present an interesting presentation is not just important for students but also for manager and entrepreneurs to be able to brief employees, business associates and clients. When creating PowerPoint timelines, it is necessary to keep in mind the various visual aspects of the presentation. This includes displaying a lively presentation with the right blend of charts and stats within a visually appealing style and setting the accurate duration of each slide that is projected. We previously covered a Microsoft PowerPoint add-in known as Office Timeline
, which makes it easy to create stunning office timelines within a short period of time. This time we have PowerPoint Timeline Control
add-in for controlling the display duration of slides. Using Timeline Control, you can set the precise duration of the display length of each slide with the option to set slide alignment.
Creating timelines in Microsoft PowerPoint can be a lengthy and laborious task. One has to add several shapes, text boxes, images, etc in order to create a timeline. Office Timeline 2010
is an Microsoft PowerPoint add-in which helps create timelines with an easy-to-use wizard. The wizard guides you through each step, letting you to create professional looking timelines in a matter of minutes rather than having to use PowerPoint native set of tools and shapes.
Google Docs lets you collaborate on documents and spreadsheets while working online but if you want simple real-time collaboration for MS Office you can use OneDrum
. OneDrum is a desktop application that lets you invite people to collaborate on MS Office documents. OneDrum works in the background and acts as a gateway between you and the people you want to collaborate with. All work is done in MS Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point) programs while the app seamlessly synchronizes the changes as they happen in real-time.
Google Translator is really good at what it does, i.e., translating text. You feed it with a string of text and instantly get the result in various other languages. It also supports translating entire web pages, but what if you have some MS Office documents to translate? Would you feed every single line of text one by one and get the output in your language of choice? Imagine the time it would consume, not to mention the inconvenience.
You may often find yourself in situations where you need to convert a PowerPoint presentation to Video, for instance it may be the case that you need to upload a presentation as a movie to YouTube or any other service. The advantage of converting presentation into video format is that viewers won't require PowerPoint to view it since it could be played in any media player. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 includes a built in tool which lets you convert PowerPoint presentations to video.
is a free add-in for MS Office 2001, 2007, and 2010 that adds tabs in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These tabs improves the productivity just like tabs in your default browser improves the browsing experience.
There are some situations where we need to insert YouTube videos in PowerPoint presentations. If you are giving a presentation in a good environment with excellent WiFi connection, then embedding YouTube videos in your presentation makes sense. There are two ways to embed YouTube videos - Using Video From Online Video Site option and Using 3rd party add-in called authorStream. Read More
There are a lots of enhanced features that have been added to Microsoft's Office 2010 which make its interface more user-friendly. Office Button
is a nice addition and provides features that you will definitely need to use while editing your documents. It not only provides a very fancy menu, but also helps you manage your open documents, presentations, or spreadsheets at a much greater level.
lets users add common mathematical equations to their documents. You can also use it to create your own custom equations by using library of mathematical functions. It is very useful tool that was also available in older versions of Microsoft Office, not as default but as an addon. It was included as a part of MS Office 2007, but was only limited to MS Word. Now the MS Office 2010 extends this feature to PowerPoint as well.
If you use Microsoft Office PowerPoint to make presentations you will know that you can only embed wav audio files. The problem is that wav format is almost 10 times bigger in size when compared with mp3 format. The only working technique is that we can add a header to the mp3 file that will convince the PowerPoint that it is actually a wav audio file. This method will add the wav extension at the end of the file name but the format will remain as mp3, this is known as masking.
In my earlier post I reviewed a software called CDex, you can use it to add wav header to the mp3 file. First convert wav audio to mp3 format by clicking Convert Wav file(s) to mp3 format(s) button or selecting it from the Convert menu as shown in the screenshot below. Read More
iSpring Converter is a free PowerPoint add-on that lets you save your presentation to flash format instantly. Additional options include the ability to add Flash videos inside presentations. The advantage of PowerPoint in flash format that it can be played in any operating system.
Note: If you are looking to create a presentation slideshow for the purpose of uploading it to YouTube, please check this post. Read More
Downloaded YouTube videos come in either FLV or MP4 format, neither the format is playable in PowerPoint. To be able to make a video work in your presentation, we will first have to convert it into suitable format. This will require a handy free application called Any-Video-Converter. This is a complete program that won’t just download the video, but will convert it in a way that will make the video playable right in your presentation. Read More