Chapter 5. Slide Shows

Before slide show applications came along, anyone giving a presentation had to rely on some low-tech solutions: handouts, overhead projection, and sometimes even a chalkboard. These days, if you need to display information, pictures, or other items to a group of any size, a slide show application is your best bet.

Early slide show applications could support only text, text formatting, and the occasional embedded GIF or BMP image. Today, most slide show applications can support video and audio as well.

Modern slide show applications, also called presentation software, allow a presenter to use color, animation, and sound to engage viewers, hold their attention, and deliver information in a more memorable way. This isn't to say ...

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