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Produce Powerful Presentations (Collection) by Jerry Weissman

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38. Computer Animation: Three Simple Rules

We’ve all been in the audiences of far too many presentations that unleash all the bells and the whistles of PowerPoint animation with a frenetic, pyrotechnic display that challenges a Fourth of July celebration or a night at Disneyland.

That such excess happens is no surprise. The many options in the pull-down menus and ribbons of PowerPoint animation are as fascinating as are all the many joystick and button options on the keyboard or controller of a computer action game. Slide Transition alone has 58 effects grouped into 5 categories, with 3 speed options for each. They cry out, “Try me!”

Uncontrolled, they can cause the loss of the game or the presentation.

The obvious solution is to exercise restraint, ...

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