To continue the graphics discussion that Jenn started on Friday, I had the great fortune to be in San Jose at DevLearn and was in a great keynote with Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin. He made a fantastic point about simple but engaging visuals. Then he talked about something that I hear about over and over in training: PowerPoint.
“PowerPoint is just a hammer. You don’t blame the hammer when the house falls down,” Roam said.
I completely agree! PowerPoint is a great tool. It can be used to create engaging training. Now, if only everyone would learn how great it is and use it to it’s full potential. But alas, we are doomed to the white slides filled with 47 bullets in Arial font. Or terrible clip art that “magically” flies in from the upper right.
Slide Rocket is a tool that’s trying to change how we use PowerPoint. It truly makes beautiful slides. And, oh, yes, it’s free! (At least for the first 250MB.) I don’t use it all the time, but I have tested creating a generic PowerPoint, importing into Slide Rocket and editing. The editing tools are a little more complex, kind of like using an Adobe product to modify photos. So far, I’ve not had any problems.
Test it out and tell me what you think. Can it erase your PowerPoint blahs?