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Old 07-12-2011, 03:35 PM
 
Location: New York
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I can't copy the Times article and don't want to gve Murdock anymoney to buy it so you can read this and get the gist !!!

The Swiss want to Ban Powerpoint and have a political party with that sole aim.....

Swiss party makes dislike of PowerPoint a political issue - legislation, government, Office suites, applications, software, Anti-PowerPoint Party - CIO
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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I don't dislike Powerpoint as much as I hate the presentations I have to create or sit throught that involve Powerpoint. But, to the Swiss---I say go for it...
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Stupid. Ban poor presenters, not the presentation tools they use.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Agree DK. I LOVE Powerpoint.
OMG come on!

"According to the APPP, the use of presentation software costs the Swiss economy 2.1 billion Swiss francs (US$2.5 billion) annually, while across the whole of Europe, presentation software causes an economic loss of €110 billion (US$160 billion)."

I don't think PowerPoint is the problem here. Maybe cut back on the meetings?!?!?!?!?
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I don't think there is a problem with PowerPoint. The problem is with presenters that don't use it correctly. The slides are full of way too much information and a lot of them read it verbatim. There should be a minimal amout of info on the slide and the presenter should be expanding upon that.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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How NOT to do PowerPoint:


YouTube - ‪Don McMillan: Life After Death by PowerPoint‬‏
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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Is that guy Swiss??
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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The program as way to many bells whistle distractions which in the hands of bad designers / presenters creates nothing but world class blivets.

Im all for a ban on powerpoint and powerpoint presentations. And sales people that create PPT presentations that do not understand the basic principals of good design and marketing.

(I prefer Keynote. Even better I build my presentations as pdfs)
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The program as way to many bells whistle distractions which in the hands of bad designers / presenters creates nothing but world class blivets.

Im all for a ban on powerpoint and powerpoint presentations. And sales people that create PPT presentations that do not understand the basic principals of good design and marketing.

(I prefer Keynote. Even better I build my presentations as pdfs)
There is no advantage with a pdf. Crap on a slide is crap no matter what software you use to create it with.

Yes - lots of people create bad powerpoint (or Open Office, or PDF based, or Apple) presentations. Reprimand the people, not the software.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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The program as way to many bells whistle distractions which in the hands of bad designers / presenters creates nothing but world class blivets.

Im all for a ban on powerpoint and powerpoint presentations. And sales people that create PPT presentations that do not understand the basic principals of good design and marketing.

(I prefer Keynote. Even better I build my presentations as pdfs)
It will be a LONG time before PowerPoint goes away. Blame the poor users, not the tool.

It would be nice if every application could catch wrong word usage. Like principals/principles.
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