Embedding Flash Maps in Powerpoint
Posted 14 June 2005 - 01:26 PM
There's a lot riding on the presentation so I hate to have it look like hell when it finally goes up. Any one have any experience integrating Flash maps and powerpoint? Any pointers on the best way to go about it? Erin
Posted 14 June 2005 - 02:12 PM
It doesnt seem like a big deal to you or I, but it does to the people who are giving the presentation. They want a smooth progression with no hiccups or breaks. Erin
Posted 14 June 2005 - 02:32 PM
Posted 14 June 2005 - 02:35 PM
I understand that (I've been there). Then again, I think suffering a slight disruption in the flow of the presentation is to be preferred over showing a garbled, distorted map.
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Posted 14 June 2005 - 07:02 PM
That's a good idea. Take the safe road. Like Hans said, a brief disruption is better than a "garbled" map:) Anyone else really dislike Powerpoint?
You can create hypelinks in the Powerpoint file to local versions of the Flash maps. That might minimize the disruption.
This is a bit off topic, but because it has to do with Edward Tufte, I think the diversion is more than worthy. Here he is commenting on Powerpoint: Here's the link
My favorite line from the piece: "Audiences consequently endure a relentless sequentiality, one damn slide after another."
Posted 14 June 2005 - 08:41 PM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 08:04 AM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 08:43 AM
Ultimately the fault lies with the user, not with the tool, even if PPT allows a user to make bad slides or presentations ultimately someone is making the decision to use them. I've seen very informative and graphically brilliant PPT presentations and many very bad ones. It never occured to me to blame Microsoft for the bad ones...just the people giving them.
Posted 16 June 2005 - 11:22 AM
For a good example check out David Byrne's Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information.
I've seen very informative and graphically brilliant PPT presentations
A quote from an article he wrote about this in Wired Magazine ("Learning to Love Powerpoint"):
"Although I began by making fun of the medium, I soon realized I could actually create things that were beautiful. I could bend the program to my own whim and use it as an artistic agent. The pieces became like short films: Some were sweet, some were scary, and some were mysterioso."
Ed Tufte wrote an opposing view in the same issue called "Powerpoint is Evil".
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