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Windows

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There are many free programs you can use to watch videos, listen to audio files, or view pictures and images with. Yet, not many people feel comfortable downloading and installing unknown software – especially since some can’t even open all formats. After having had a look at native Apple files before, we will have a look at media files that are supported by Windows native programs this time.

We will concentrate on Media files like videos, audio files, and images only this time (with the exception of some project files), since document, presentation, and spreadsheet files is a topic for another day.

If you still come across an audio or video file that isn’t supported by your Windows native programs, you can still convert them into a format that can be displayed or played by them. You don’t need any download or installation for these audio converter or video converter as well.

Windows Media Player

The most current version of the Windows Media Player, Media Player 12, got rid of quite a few restrictions the Media Player 11 version still held. It is part of the Windows 7 Starter Edition, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise.

Video:

The support of MP4 and M2TS files as well as 3G2, 3GP, and 3GPP files doesn’t come as a big surprise. Especially MP4 became a very popular format for videos and movies, thus the implementation and support by the Windows Media Player was just a matter of time.

What’s more noteworthy is that Windows Media Playe 12 also supports Apple resp. Mac formats as well now, such as MOV and M4V.

  • 3G2, 3GP, 3GPP (not available in Media Player 11)
  • AVI
  • M2TS (not available in Media Player 11)
  • M4V (not available in Media Player 11)
  • MOV (not available in Media Player 11)
  • MP2
  • MP4  (not available in Media Player 11)
  • MPG
  • WMV

Audio:

While the Apple native formats AIF and AIFF have been supported by Windows Media Player before, the Media Player 12 version added support of the M4A file format as well. Furthermore, AAC files can be listened to with the Media Player as well now.

  • AAC (not available in Media Player 11)
  • AIF, AIFF
  • M4A (not available in Media Player 11)
  • MID, MIDI
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA

 

Windows Movie Maker

For getting the most current version of the Windows Movie Maker, Windows Movie Maker 12, the Windows Essentials 2012 package is necessary.

Project:

The following project files that contain information about the video, audio, and other editing processes can be opened and further edited in Windows Movie Maker 12:

  • MSWMM
  • WLMP

Video:

  • WMV
  • M2TS, MTS
  • AVI
  • MP4, MOV, 3GP, 3G2
  • MPEG, MPG, MP2

Audio:

  • WMA
  • AIF, AIFF, WAV
  • M4A
  • MP3

Image:

  • JPG, JPEG
  • TIF, TIFF
  • GIF
  • BMP
  • ICO
  • PNG

 

Windows Media Center

The Windows Media center allows you to watch TV Series, movies, DVD content, and more on your computer. It’s available in the newest version for For Windows 8, 7, RT, and Vista.

Video:

  • WMV
  • M2TS
  • MOV
  • AVI
  • MP4, M4V
  • MPEG, MPG, MP2

Audio:

  • WMA
  • WAV
  • MP3
  • AAC

Image:

  • JPG, JPEG
  • TIF, TIFF
  • RAW
  • GIF
  • BMP
  • PNG

 

Windows Photo Viewer

The Windows Photo Viewer is the default program to view images, photos, and pictures of several formats since Windows 8, 7, and Vista.

The most popular image formats are supported by the Photo Viewer, but it unfortunately does not cover camera raw formats like ARW, CRW, or NEF.

Furthermore, animated GIFs are displayed as still images rather than animated. To display an animated gif in motion, one either needs Internet Explorer (or any other browser) or another picture viewing program that supports animated GIFs.

  • JPG, JPEG
  • TIF, TIFF
  • PNG
  • GIF (no animated GIFs)
  • BMP
convert to word

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Microsoft Word is the most widely used word processing platform in the world, as you would expect from a Microsoft product. It can be used in countries all over the world and can be used on both Windows devices as well as Apple. However, just because Word is so immensely popular doesn’t mean it is the only option. People who have never used anything except Word sometimes become confused and frustrated when they receive a file they want to open, only to find out that Word can’t open it. This is when it comes in handy to know how to take your document and convert to Word.

Many people who are new to using word processing platforms online become confused when they have problems opening a word processing file they’ve received. The problem is that each different type of word processing platform creates files that are a specific type of file, called a file extension. If you receive a file that Word is not set up to recognize, it can’t be opened. Fortunately, you can easily convert to Word so your computer can open it by using an online document converter.

We recently discussed several other options for word processing.  Even though Word is the most popular platform, there are many valid reasons that people use the other options. The two biggest reasons are money and convenience.

The reality is that the Microsoft products can be expensive. Granted, once you have them, they can be used for years, but they can cost a few hundred dollars at the initial purchase. Then, depending on what type of license you buy, you may need to buy the Office products again when you upgrade or replace your computer.  This can get expensive.

The other reason people use other types of word processors is due to convenience. If you just started using a new computer and it doesn’t have Word on it yet, you are likely to start using whatever word processing platform is available on the computer. Once you’ve started using those other platforms, it’s difficult to justify the expense of Word unless you’ve been having trouble.

Those are a few of the reasons some people are using other word processing platforms, but that doesn’t help you when you receive a file from someone who is using one of those platforms that your copy of Word doesn’t open. That is where you need to know how to use an online converter to convert to Word.

You can easily take your document, convert to Word by using one of the standard Word file extensions (.DOC or .DOCX). That converter tool simply takes the original file and converts it into something that is recognized by Word.

How to Convert to Word

Once you determine that you have a document that you need to convert to Word, you have to take the next step and actually do it.

The only tricky part is to find a good online file converter.  However, when you find a good one that has the features you need and has the ability to convert multiple types of documents, you’re ready to go.

All you have to do is tell the converter which document you want converted by browsing to it on your computer and making the selection. Then you just need to determine which of the Word extensions you want to use.  The document converter does the rest!

Animated GifEveryone loves animated GIFs!

They are smaller in size than movies and focus on the short sequences you want to re-watch or share. They are view-able without a problem in all browsers on almost every device. Reactions to forum posts, funny sequences from videos, pointing something out in a specific scene – those are just a few reasons for why you may want to create a moving and animated GIF.

Most people use Adobe Photoshop or another photo-editing software to create these small moving pictures, but not everyone knows how to utilize them – or can afford buying such a program. Using a GIF converter, however, is a quick and easy way to get your favorite scene as an animated GIF – and it doesn’t cost a thing!

How to make Animated GIFs

The Video

At first, you need the movie or video you want to convert, of course. It doesn’t matter which format the movie is in – MOV, AVI, MP4, MKV, etc. – what counts is that it isn’t too long.

When uploading a longer video, only the first 30 seconds will be converted into an animated GIF. Thus, if you want a specific scene to be “giffed”, it would be better to cut the video into short portions of no longer than 30 seconds. This can either be done with a video editing software, or by using the option of cropping a video e.g. on this free MP4 converter.

Once you have the cut or short video – or several short videos – you can start with the “real” GIF making process!

GIF Image Converter

Select the GIF image converter

Get that GIF

After you have the video(s) you want to convert, visit the GIF Image Converter page. There you can browse for your video and select it. Basically, you are good to go now. Click on “Convert File” and wait. Your animated GIF will download after the conversion is finished.

Animated GIF Conversion

Standard Settings. Just press “Convert file”

Yet, there are a few ways in which you can edit the GIF by choosing different options before the conversion.

  • Change Size: Change the size of your resulting GIF, e.g. 400 px width (height will be adjusted in proportion)
  • Color: Change the color of the GIF to greyscale, monochrome, negate, or another color scheme.
  • Enhance: Add different filters to your GIF, like sharpening, despeckle, and more
Edit Animated GIFs

Example settings for editing your GIF

Here you have a few examples on how the GIFs can turn out:

Animated Gif

No additional settings

Animated GIF

Settings: Gray + Sharpen

Animated GIF

Settings: Year 1980 + Equalize

Animated GIF

Settings: Year 1900 + despeckle

best video format

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“Back in the day”, it was easy to make a video, or to watch one. While the options were very limited and we didn’t have all the tools and extras that we have today, it was a much simpler time. If you were going to shoot a video, you would use a camcorder and if you wanted to transfer it to something to watch outside of the recorder, you put it on a VHS tape. It was very easy to know what the best video format was because it was the only one available. You could easily read a 1-2 page article and know everything you needed to know, without being confused.

Then video merged with the digital world and it all got very, very complicated. You have video file formats, containers, codecs, video compression and dozens and dozens of different types of video file extensions. Because of that, you can no longer talk about the best video format without also including a lot of disclaimers and explanations. Chances are also pretty good that at some point you may need to convert your video files to a different type of file extension. This is very easy with a good online video converter.

The problem is that we have too many options today. There are too many different types of video files available and everyone who makes a video gets to pick what file type they want to use. Companies that make video devices also sometimes create their own unique video file extension. Unfortunately, not all devices that you may use to watch videos have the ability to show all of the different types of video formats.

The real answer when you’re looking for the best video format is that there is no “best”. It all depends. It depends on what you’re planning to do with the video, how much storage space you have and how much flexibility you need.

Before you can determine what the best video format is for your situation, you will have to ask yourself several questions.

  • Who is your intended audience and what type of devices/technology are they likely to have?
  • Will they be watching your video online?
  • Are they likely to have a connection speed fast enough to view it?
  • Do you want your video to be usable for a long time (so you should choose a format that is stable and you know it will continue to be supported)?
  • Do you plan to produce and store multiple videos (so space might be an issue)
  • Does the video need to be compressed (which is likely if you plan to distribute the video for others to see)
  • Will you be uploading the video to any online sites? If so, you will need to check their guidelines to be sure you are using the right format.

 

The one thing that is constant is that no matter what you are doing with your video, you should try to keep it “uncompressed” for as long as possible. In most cases, your video will eventually need to be compressed, but when this happens, you may lose some of the finer details that you won’t be able to recover if additional editing is needed.

Unfortunately, there is no single answer to “what is the best video format”. It all depends on your personal situation. If you do find that you need to convert your video from one format to another, a good video converter can easily handle this job for you.

Checksum

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In an earlier article, we have talked about the difference between encoding, encryption and hashing already. Today, we want to have a closer look at the latter of the three, the hashing function and the resulting hash or checksum.

For this purpose, we will have a brief look at what a checksum is before we concentrate on what checksums are used for.

What’s Hashing?

Using a hashing function creates a hash or checksum which are basically a seemingly random string of numbers, letters, and special characters – depending on the algorithm used for the hashing.

For example, the result of hashing “Testing Hashing Functions” with the Blowfish function would result in the following hash:

$2a$08$TYehtX/wnmSaNEkL2q4ER.ujOhEQvL6GHgM6Ue6xzQKTGidnDBxny

This hash is unique to the sentence used to create it (using the very same system). Thus, you will be able to determine whether a set of data has been altered by creating another hash, for example of “Testing Hashing Function” without the plural ‘s’. The hash differs from the one above:

$2a$08$VAYz8xtY3MXlCaW4NuoahO1zzb92Ej8yr3x99P.CKdmKYEAEKf1ki

While hashes are thus a way to secure your data when, for example, sending it over the internet, the function is not reversible. This means that the input used to create the checksum or hash can not or very very hardly be generated using the checksum, even if the function used is known.

Examples for Hashing functions include: Gost, SHA-3, Tiger-160, Whirlpool, and other hash generators.

What is Hashing used for?

Hashes and checksums can be used for several purposes, some of which are listed below.

Searching in a big database

Creating hashes of database entries helps the user, administrator, or program to find certain entries in the database a lot faster than a real character-by-character search. Names, titles, headlines, or anything else ‘search worthy’ are assigned an individual hash or checksum. Entering a keyword into the search will generate a hash for said keyword as well, quickly comparing it to the hashes inside the database, and delivering the matching result.

Checking downloads

Some sites that provide the download of programs, example files, or anything else, also provide the correlating checksum to the download. This is important at times, since you surely don’t want to download a corrupted file or one with a virus. Thus you can compare the hash or checksum generated from the file you downloaded, and compare it to the one given to you by the website you got it from. If the checksum differs, the file is not the same one that has been used to generate the checksum you got for comparison.

Checking transmitted data

Another use of checksums and hashes is that they can be used to compare data that has been written to a disk or external hard drive with the original one to rule out transmission errors. Sometimes, the transmission of data to another device is interrupted or incomplete for other reasons. Instead of checking the data individually, one can simply compare the ckecksums made of both, the original data and the one on the device.

Password comparison

As the owner or administrator of a forum, online shop, or another website that uses a password function, it’s wiser to not store the user’s password in your database. The database is (more or less easily) hackable, and thus the password information of the users would be accessible to every hacker that is interested in it. Saving the hash value or checksum of the passwords s a lot saver since the original password can not be derived from it. Yet, comparison of the hash value stored and the hash created when the user enters his password will still determine whether the same password has been entered.

Duplicate content

Looking for duplicate content, either across the web or in a large file, it can become a very time consuming task. Here, hash value comparison simplifies and quickens the task as well. Services that provide looking for duplicate content across the web or plagiarism software rely on using checksums or hashes for the most part.

video to iphone converter

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In the past, a phone was something you used to call someone and talk to them. However, the use of a phone may have changed more than anything else due to the technological revolution of the last decade. “Yesterday”, they were a phone, “today” they are our whole lives. That is part of the reason you need to keep a good video to iPhone converter handy.

Today, our iPhones hold all of our contacts, calendars, to-do lists, favorite books and pictures. Most of you even use your iPhone to browse your favorite websites online or do research. We even use iPhones to watch videos, but unlike some of those other activities, you may need a video to iPhone converter in order to make that happen.

The biggest reason you might need a video to iPhone converter is because of the flexibility and portability of an iPhone. Unlike your computer, an iPhone can, and does, go with you everywhere. After all, it’s a phone and you need it with you all the time so people can get in touch with you when they need you.

Because of that portability, it makes it super easy to watch your favorite videos anywhere. This could be videos you need for work or something you want to have handy in case you stumble upon a new client. You could also have some of your personal favorite videos that you want to keep with you 24/7. Many times, these types of videos are ones that came from older phones or from a video recorder that show clips of your friends and family. Long trips are also the perfect time to watch your favorite movies.

Regardless of the reason, you will probably need to use  video to iPhone converter before it will work for you.

Why Do You Need a Video to iPhone Converter

The problem with videos is that there are dozens of different types of video formats that a video can be done in. An iPhone only supports 3 of these file types: H.264, MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG. If the video you want to watch or save is on a different format, you will need to use a video to iPhone converter in order to do it.

How to Use a Video to iPhone Converter

It’s super easy to use a video to iPhone converter. There are online converters available for images, documents, and audio, but you need one that can specifically handle video.

When you find the online converter you’re going to use, you just have to follow the instructions on the website. In most cases, you will just have to browse to the video you want to convert. This is done in the same way that you use to find Word or Excel files you want to open.

Once you select the file, you just need to tell the tool that you want the selected video converted to one of the formats supported by your iPhone. It really is that simple!

Find a Converter That Handle Many Options

It makes sense when you’re looking for a good online converter to use one that can handle multiple kinds of items. That way when you need to convert a different type of media at some point in the future, you will already have a converter that you’re familiar with to use!

Unknown Files

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Did it ever happen to you that you downloaded a song or video clip, or someone sent you a file via email and once you want to open and view it, it doesn’t work? Of course you wonder why, and after checking the file you see that you may have never heard of this kind of file before. Don’t panic. The next time you encounter such an unknown file, you will be well prepared!

In this article, we will tell you how to easily handle unknown file formats, and what you can do to use them on your computer without installing any additional software.

What’s the File Extension?

The first thing to do when you find a file that you can’t open is to find out what file extension it has. Because once you have the extension’s name, you can find out what kind of file it is and how you can open it.

Find the file in question and click on it with your right mouse button. Depending on what OS you use (Windows or Apple) a list of options will pop up. One of them should be “Properties” or something similar (also depending on the language of your computer). Once you clicked on it, a pop up window will open which lists all the properties of your file. When using Windows, you will have a point that says “File Type:”. There you will find the necessary information about your file type, e.g. PDF-File (.pdf)

The file extension are the letters following the dot in the brackets. In this case, the file extension would be PDF.

What kind of File is it?

Now that you know what kind of file extension you’re dealing with, it’s time to find out what kind of file it is. A document, an image, or maybe a music file? Or something else entirely?

The easiest and most informative way to do so is by referring to a list of file formats where you can easily search for the one in question. Such lists not only give you information about the developers and all kinds of technical data about the file type, but also about the programs with which you can open them!

For example, you found an AIF file on your computer. Searching the list linked above, you find a listing under “Audio Files.” Now you know that this file was developed by Apple, contains audio data, and can be opened by the Quicktime or Windows Media Player.

How to open/view this File?

In the best case, you can now choose the program you prefer to open the file, may it be a document file or a spreadsheet. But what if you don’t have any program from the list presented installed on your computer? Instead of having to install yet another video player or Office suit program, you can easily convert your file into a format that the most popular programs can open.

Unfortunately, especially when it comes to video files, there can still be problems when you want to play a video that contains codecs that are not installed on your computer. T find more about these cases, you can read our article about video codecs and containers.

transfer books to kindle

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The Kindle is one of the most popular e-readers on the market, as you would expect with any product that was produced by Amazon. The product has been amazingly popular and has been through several updates to expand its capabilities. While the newest version of the Kindle Fire can compete with many of the lower end tablets on the market, the Kindle still excels at its original purpose – to function as an e-reading device.

It’s relatively easy to make a purchase from Amazon and have it automatically downloaded to your Kindle, but most people believe they are limited to books purchased from Amazon (or any other online store that connects with your Kindle). However, you can also add most of the old eBooks you already own if you know how to transfer books to a Kindle.

Kindle Format or Other Format?

The first thing you must determine is what format your old eBooks are in. The Kindle format is AZW3 and your Kindle has the ability to read a few other types of files as well. If the eBooks you want to add are in a format Kindle doesn’t recognize, they just need to be converted. Converting eBook formats is actually very easy once you find a good online eBook converter.

How to Transfer Books to Kindle

File Transfer

The easiest way to transfer books to Kindle when they’re old is to simply transfer them from your computer directly to your Kindle. This is done through a micro USB cable. This likely did not come with your Kindle so if you don’t have one, you will need to go to your local store that carries computer accessories to pick one up.

Once you connect the two devices, you can easily transfer files from your computer to your Kindle.

Email Transfer

There is another option you can use to transfer books to Kindle that most people aren’t aware of. When you purchase a Kindle, you are prompted to register the device with Amazon. This allows you to make purchases and have those purchases sent directly to your Kindle. This is also used if you make online checkouts from your local library.

However, a little known fact is that when you set up this account, you are also given a new, Kindle-specific email address. This email address generally looks like this: name_number@kindle.com. In this example, the “name” is your user name and the “number” is a random number that has been assigned to you. If you don’t know your kindle email address, it can be found in the Settings/My Account sections of your Kindle.

Once you locate your email address, you can simply email the files you want added to your eBook to that email address. This can be the files containing a new eBook, a PDF, or anything else you want added to your Kindle.

Now you know two different ways to transfer books to Kindle. You should be ready to convert your old ebooks and load up your Kindle with some of your old favorites. It also works well to get some new books ready for your beach vacation, business trip or just to have handy anytime you want to read!

Office Programs

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Working on a computer means that you have to not only deal with the internet but different programs for writing, creating presentations, or structuring different tables in spreadsheets. Microsoft as well as Apple have their native Office programs pre-installed on a new computer, or available for payable download on their websites. And of course, they come with special features, individual design, and many different file formats (check out this article for information about native apple files).

Yet, there are open source solutions out there that work just as good as the paid versions! In this article, we’ll have a look at such open source office programs and all the different file formats for documents, presentations, spreadsheets, or drawings you create when using them.

OpenOffice

Probably best known open source program pack for working on your computer is the creation of OpenOffice. The software creation was developed by Apache and is available for Linux, OS X, and Windows – including ports to other operating systems as well.

The most important programs included in the office pack are Writer (a word processing program), Calc (a spreadsheet program), Impress (to create presentations), and Draw (a simple drawing application).

LibreOffice

Less known and yet just as strong as OpenOffice is the open source office suit LibreOffice, developed by The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is most popular among Linux users, yet the software also runs on Windows and OS X.

Linear to OpenOffice, LibreOffice includes a word processing program, a spreadsheet program, a presentation program, and a drawing application – all with the same names as their OpenOffice cousins; Writer, Calc, Impress, and Draw. What distinguishes it from OpenOffice is that it’s support of Microsoft Word files works better than when using OpenOffice’s programs. Furthermore, LibreOffice provides compatibility with Microsoft Offica via various import and export filters.

NeoOffice

Another versatile office suit comes from the developers of Planamesa Software: NeoOffice. Contrary to the software packs listed above, NeoOffice was developed to utilize almost all features of the OpenOffice software to run on OS X platforms. Popularity of these programs shrank once OpenOffice was developed to be supported by OS X as well.

Since it has been forked from OpenOffice, NeoOffice consists of the same programs as it’s predecessor; a word processing program, a spreadsheet program, a presentation creator, and a drawing application. Since it was especially developed for usage on Mac computers, NeoOffice inherits the typical Apple design, as well as native Mac OS X text highlighting and file locking.

Office Programs

Native File Formats

All three office suits save their files in the OpenDocument standard which is an XML file format. In the following, we listed the most important file formats for Writer, Calc, Impress, and Draw of all three previously names office program packs.

Word Processing

  • ODT, OTT
  • SXW, STW

Spreadsheets

  • ODS, OTS
  • SXC, STC

Presentations

  • ODP, OTP
  • SXI, STI
  • ODG
  • SXD

Drawings

  • ODG, OTG
  • SXD, STD
  • FODG (LibreOffice)
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Presentations are key in many fields nowadays.

In school, you have to present certain topics to the class, in university you are asked to present your research findings, and in your company, sales numbers and marketing strategies have to be presented to your boss or coworkers. Talks, speeches, workshops… Even when showing off your vacation photos to your family and friends, all thee things involve presentation skills.

But not everyone is skilled in presenting themselves, their findings, or their current work. Following, we listed some tips how you can improve your presentation skills on a personal as well as on a technical level.

The part of Speech

The most important part of a presentation is of course the oral one. Presentations can be handed out as notes or books or in PDF format, but what you have to say about the facts presented, side information and explanations, those information come from you personally and are given to your audience via speech.

For most people, that’s the most tricky part. Excitement, uncertainty, stage fright; all these things can come in between your and your successful presentation. There is no magical solution to make stage fright disappear, but there are methods you can use to feel less nervous and more confident while presenting.

1. Practice

And by practice we do not exclusively mean that you should practice to go through your presentation beforehand. This is a crucial part to show you how much time you need, and a small audience can already point out where you need to explain a few things more in depth. But practicing presentations in general is just as important. The more often you speak in front of people, the more self-secure and confident you become. Present interesting newspaper articles or something that happened to you during the day to your friends, or volunteer to give a little thank you speech in your local sports club or some other club you may be in.

2. Speak freely

Holding on to cards or scrips may add some security to your speech flow, but you are more likely to avoid eye contact with your audience that way, your eyes being glued on the paper. Learn to present your contents freely. This way, you are more open to clues from your listeners as well, noticing very fast when they get stuck and you have to do some more explaining.

Are you fearing that you could get stuck? Use your presentation slides as keywords and clues what to say. They can function just as well as notes, make no extra work, and won’t distract you from presenting your findings instead of simply reading them out loud.

3. You’re the Expert

Whether you are presenting a topic in school or university, or your current work in your business, keep one thing in mind: You are the expert! You read several articles and books about your topic, and you’ve been working in your field and with your method for years. In most cases , that means that you know far more about the topic than your audience does. Don’t fear questions, rather take them as interesting clues or to spark a discussion (if allowed/appropriate). Reminding yourself that you are the expert in whatever you present is an extra confidence boost as well.

The Visuals

Getting better at the speech part of a presentation requires training. Improving the visual aids is, in this term, a lot easier. Tools like Microsoft’s PowerPoint made it easier to present visual data like graphs, images, and short text compared to scrolling through a very text-heavy  Word document. However, soon, PowerPoint became a synonym for boring. But it doesn’t have to be like that!

1. Avoid common Mistakes

There are many lists throughout the net that explain what and what not to do when creating a PowerPoint presentation. Avoiding bullets and a confusing background design are just a few to name. Yet, the best judge are you yourself. How many bad presentations did you have to sit through in school or business meetings? Instead of taking notes of the content only, take notes of what you didn’t like about the presentation style as well – and avoid such “mistakes”. It is more than likely that things you don’t find appealing in a slideshow are boring or annoying to sit through for others as well.

2. Save your Time

Sure, a slideshow can be nice to look at, but instead of spending hours tweaking your design, it’s the content that should matter. Don’t waste valuable time with wrecking your head about the presentation when there are tools that can help you. Creating slides in your preferred word processing software may come a lot more natural than working with slideshow programs. Use the program you are most familiar with! Because converting your document into PPT or PPTX is done very quickly afterwards.

3. Avoid technical Issues

That’s something everyone knows. You want to hold a presentation and your laptop is not compatible with the projector, or the PPT presentation you sent looks crooked and weird because the operating system handling it uses OpenOffice or some Apple native program. It’s annoying, takes time to fix, and can destroy the whole presentation’s flow. We say: Rather be safe than sorry! Saving your presentation in different formats limits the risk of the target computer messing things up. Want to be on the safest side? Convert your presentation to PDF as well, since PDF documents are readable on any computer with any operating system. Besides, having your presentation saved in this format makes it easier for printers to keep the set formatting in case you want to hand out the slides or publish your presentation online.

4. Be different

If your struggling to get your audience’s attention, maybe it’s time to do something entirely different. Be brave, be experimental. How about a presentation without any text, only with graphs and infographics that underline your words? A slide with one essential keyword may help you get the attention you wanted a lot better than showing a long and boring list of features or do’s and don’ts. Or have you ever thought about converting your presentation to video? You can even add music, sound effects or additional audio comments to publish it online, upload it to YouTube, or simply impress and stick out on a conference.