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Powerpoint 2008 is wonderful

in Productivity software , Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I've been working a lot in the last few days with the new Mac version of Microsoft Powerpoint, and I have to say I am really impressed. Unlike most Mac heads, I never really got on with Keynote, mainly because it seems to be principally designed to make Apple corporate presentations. And nice as they may be, they're not for everyone. The biggest issue I have with Keynote is that it seems horribly complicated to create your own templates. In old versions of Powerpoint, this was not too difficult, although of course creating and using multiple masters was arcane to the point of absurdity. But Powerpoint 2008 is a huge leap forward. Apparently, it can't do transitions as well as Keynote, but frankly, transitions are about as hip as (old) Powerpoint clip art. Powerpoint 2008 is beautifully integrated with OS X, runs smoothly, and has some really killer features. It is fun to use and inspires creativity, not "death by Powerpoint". It's worth the price of an Office 2008 upgrade, easily. How better can I put it ? powerpoint.jpg Amazing that the same company can turn out something like Vista...

More on Mind Mapping

in Productivity software , Thursday, October 19, 2006

Through Technorati, I discovered that a few people had read and commented about my recent post on MindManager and Novamind, in various places. It also led me to the blog run by Ari Oskarsson in Norway, who is a MindManager fan. Well, so was I, but finally I decided to go for Novamind. It does get easier to use after you read the manual, and although it is a bit rough around the edges, and sometimes irritatingly inconsistent, it does get pretty smooth after a bit of practice. It has a lot of features, probably far too many to be optimally intuitive, but they can in general always be ignored. So far I could not honest place the "unique Branch Proposal System" under any category other than "gimmick", but whatever. After a bit of fiddling, it is possible to configure so that it looks more or less like MindManager for Mac, and it is under one third of the price of MindManager (well under one third). I'm using it now almost constantly to keep track of a concept which is expanding at an alarming rate, and I fully recommend it.