I just had to right a quick post about the latest version of PowerPoint. First let me say that I went straight from version 2003 to 2010. We skipped 2007 so some of the features may have been included in that version.
I absolutely love PowerPoint 2010. Here are some of the best new features.
- Shadows – Number one on my list is shadows. It used to be you could only put solid shadows behind items. Now, you can blur them and add some transparency. Blurring the shadow, especially on text, really makes the image look so much nicer. It helps blend the text into the background. This now allows me to do things in PowerPoint that I use to have to do in Photoshop.
- Transitions – They have added a bunch of new transitions that are really sharp. A lot of them are 3d effects.
- Formatting Templates – There are many formatting templates for items that are built in. For example, if you add a picture, you can simple hover over the templates to preview what it will look like. These templates can really make pictures from different sources look more alike. Of course, you do not have to stick with the templates. Everything that a template does can be done manually or tweaked to your preference.
- Other Picture Formatting – Again, a feature I use to have to do in Photoshop I can now do in PowerPoint. There are color options to colorize a picture or to make it black and white. You can also do artistic effects like making a photo look like a pencil sketch. Again, all setting can be tweaked to get the look you want.
I am sure there are other things that I have yet to need or discover. But the list above makes it worth the upgrade.