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Best of 2017: The Top 7 PowerPoint Downloads
Thursday, March 16, 2017
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As a PowerPoint power user, I want the latest, greatest, and best-of-the-best tools to help me do my job. My presentations and my client’s projects require me to push the software to its limits. The following are some of my favorite PowerPoint downloads for 2017.

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PresentationLoad (PowerPoint Templates, Graphics, and Charts) 

PresentationLoad offers a growing library of more than 15,000 professional PowerPoint templates, graphics, charts, maps, diagrams, and add-ins. Other websites offer similar products but very few come close to the quality of PresentationLoad’s content. Most of the content works with PowerPoint 2007 or newer (Mac and Windows).  

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GetMyGraphics (PowerPoint Infographics) 

GetMyGraphics has more than 9,000 professional PowerPoint infographics, diagrams, maps, photographs, and more. Their graphics range from complex to simple and are 100 percent editable in PowerPoint. The graphics work with PowerPoint 2007 or newer (Mac and Windows).  

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Office Timeline (Make PowerPoint Schedules, Timelines, and Gantt Charts) 

With Office Timeline, you can easily make schedules, timelines, and Gantt charts for your presentations. More than a million downloads is indicative of how helpful the tool is for professionals across industries. Office Timeline works with PowerPoint 2007 or newer (Windows only).  

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LiveWeb (Add Live Webpages to Your Presentations) 

With LiveWeb, you can include live webpages inside your PowerPoint. It’s easy to add webpages, and you can click through your embedded webpages with ease as if you’re in a web browser. An Internet connection is required for active websites. The tool works with PowerPoint 97 or newer (Windows only). 

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PPTools (PowerPoint Add-Ins That Make Your Life Easier) 

PPTools offers a variety of helpful add-ins. I can’t say enough good things about their tools. Free and low-cost add-in solutions range from fixing broken links to making custom web pages from PowerPoint slides. My favorite is Image Export, with which you can save your slides at any resolution. Their add-ins work with PowerPoint 2003 or newer (Windows only).  

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PowerPoint Labs (Easy, Fast PowerPoint Enhancements) 

PowerPoint Labs offers many features to improve the quality of your presentations. For example, you can highlight parts of your slide (such as images, bullets, and text), zoom into a section of your slide, crop out a single object within an image, and much more. The application works with PowerPoint 2010 or newer (Windows only).  

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STAMP (Add Subtitles to Video and Audio) 

STAMP, from Microsoft, is free. Use it to add closed captions to your videos and audio files within your presentations. You can import timed text markup (TTML) files if you already have them. STAMP runs on PowerPoint 2010 or newer (Windows only).

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About the Author

Mike Parkinson started his formal design training at the Baltimore School for the Arts. After four years of fine arts education, he attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Digital Arts Program. Upon graduation he was hired as a graphic designer at a medical training company, where he was promoted to art director. Using his knowledge and understanding of visual communication, Mike has supported trial attorneys and created ad campaigns, tutorials, corporate briefings, Web portals, medical training software, and more. In 1999, he was invited to become part owner of 24 Hour Company (www.24hrco.com)—a design firm specializing in proposal support. Mike leveraged his design experience to help his partners transform the company into an industry leader.

Mike Parkinson started his formal design training at the Baltimore School for the Arts. After four years of fine arts education, he attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Digital Arts Program. Upon graduation he was hired as a graphic designer at a medical training company, where he was promoted to art director. Using his knowledge and understanding of visual communication, Mike has supported trial attorneys and created ad campaigns, tutorials, corporate briefings, Web portals, medical training software, and more. In 1999, he was invited to become part owner of 24 Hour Company (www.24hrco.com)—a design firm specializing in proposal support. Mike leveraged his design experience to help his partners transform the company into an industry leader. Mike also founded Billion Dollar Graphics (www.BillionDollarGraphics.com) to teach business professionals the process for creating successful graphics. Through Billion Dollar Graphics (BDG), he has become an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation guru, solution and strategy expert, author, and trainer. He is a key contributor on multi-billion dollar projects and helps Fortune 500 companies improve their success rates through visual communication.  Mike authored the first and only book series—Do-It-Yourself Billion Dollar Graphics—that shows business, technical, and design professionals how to turn their ideas into clear, communicative, compelling business graphics. With his book, BDG blog, industry articles, webinars, and workshops, Mike shares the secrets to visualizing data, information, and solutions.

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