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Old 07-13-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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There is no advantage with a pdf. Crap on a slide is crap no matter what software you use to create it with.
if you are a graphic designer there is. You get exactly what you want, no font issues, no cross platform quirks. I just prefer it.

After most of my clients see a pdf presentation, they prefer it too.


the downside (maybe the upside) is that clients can't make their own edits.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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if you are a graphic designer there is. You get exactly what you want, no font issues, no cross platform quirks. I just prefer it.

After most of my clients see a pdf presentation, they prefer it too.


the downside (maybe the upside) is that clients can't make their own edits.
What tool do you use to create PDF presentations? Acrobat's interface is horrible.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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I build in Indesign, then use acrobat to create the slide show. Works like a dream for me.

Acrobat is a bit cumbersome, but nowhere near as bloated with so many useless tools as powerpoint.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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I build in Indesign, then use acrobat to create the slide show. Works like a dream for me.

Acrobat is a bit cumbersome, but nowhere near as bloated with so many useless tools as powerpoint.
Oh okay. Thanks. Does everyone that works for you know Indesign? My staff all know (or can pick up) powerpoint.. but would have to be trained in Indesign. Seems reasonable to use a tool that can get the job done more easily and effectively.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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Just a matter of choice. the problem with power point is that everyone can pick up the basics. Then the find all the bells and whistles. next thing you know they have created an unwatchable/boring presentation.

Its really amazing how many people don't even know how to do the simplest/basic things in MS Programs (ie setting tabs, letter pacing and paragraph spacing) yet find ways to muck up projects so bad with all the overblown and over-used "user friendly tools".
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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Just a matter of choice. the problem with power point is that everyone can pick up the basics. Then the find all the bells and whistles. next thing you know they have created an unwatchable/boring presentation.

Its really amazing how many people don't even know how to do the simplest/basic things in MS Programs (ie setting tabs, letter pacing and paragraph spacing) yet find ways to muck up projects so bad with all the overblown and over-used "user friendly tools".
That's not a problem with the tool. That's a problem with the people. Using the incorrect tool (like indesign) is not a solution.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:10 PM
 
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its a problem with having tools available for people that don't have graphic design skills or presentation skills.

as a graphic designer, I really hate powerpoint on so many levels.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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its a problem with having tools available for people that don't have graphic design skills or presentation skills.

as a graphic designer, I really hate powerpoint on so many levels.
It's not worth my time, but you really don't get it. You live in a small box.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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I do get it. I spend about 6 hours a week cleaning up bad powerpoint presentations.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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Like others said, PP is not the issue... it's the presenters...

What I'd like to know, why in a meeting does the presenter hand out printouts of the PP presentation?

If that's the case just pass out the printout to everyone a few days before the meeting...

PP is way overused.........

A picture might be worth 1,000 words but a PP presentation is worth a ~yawn~
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