Slideshare Announced The World’s Best Presentation 2010

15 Dec

Slideshare announced the result of the world’s best presentation contest 2010. What is Slideshare? Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, called it the YouTube of PowerPoint. People would like to view, upload and share PowerPoint and PDF there, just like they do on YouTube.

This contest is the 7th so far, it started from Oct 8 to Nov 15, and the panel of judges includes Guy Kawasaki, David Armano, Carmin Gallo, Beth Kanter and Jan Hart. Authoritative, isn’t it?

Let’s take a look at those top 3 winning slides:

1st Place: Smoke – The Convenient Truth
It has got 41,463 total views. Do you know there are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today? Do you know half of all long term smokers will die a tobacco related death? This slide show you lots of shocking statistics to deliver a hard hitting against smoking, a social issue that we should pay attention to.

2nd Place: YOU SUCK AT POWERPOINT!
Many of us often need to make PowerPoint for Presentation, this slide shows you 5 shocking design mistakes that you need to avoid. You don’t want to suck at PowerPoint? Then you should not miss this.

3rd Place: Social Media for Business
It’s a great getting started tutorial for social media dummies. It provides useful links and great business examples for using social media for business.

You can find the common elements of all the winning entries.
1. They use one background photo per page that is beautiful and fit the title best,
2. Use little text and large fonts
3. Views are fully set forth in less than 100 pages.

PowerPoint is a good way to explain your ideas, you can visualize the concept easily slides by slides. You can easily share your wisdom worldwide on Slideshare, and you can also find some fabulous stories on slideshare.net.

There are many categories across finance, design, business and many templates. Besides Powerpoint format, many files are saved as PDF, PDF to PPT Converter can help you recover from PDF to PPT.

Full list of contest, hope you like them.

Original source: Northbeez.com

10 x AnyBizSoft PDF Converter for Mac [MakeUseOf Giveaway]

14 Dec

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Makeuseof.com is giving away 10 copies of AnyBizSoft PDF Converter for Mac worth $699.50 this week. Makeuseof.com is a famous tech blog about everything around technology, for example,  tips and tricks about software on Windows, Mac and mobile system, and review lots of interesting and useful websites.  And they will cooperate with software suppliers to hold giveaway promotion from time to time.

We know that converting PDFs to editable documents is no easy feat. You’ll be hard pressed to find an application that does it, and does it well. Especially on Mac OS X. AnyBizSoft PDF Converter for Mac can convert PDF into Word, PowerPoint, Excel, EPUB, HTML and Text, a real 6-in-1 PDF Converter. If you want it for free, just click Like on Makeuseof’s fan page on Facebook, fill a form and share it on Facebook or Twitter.

For more details please visit: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-anybizsoft-pdf-converter-mac-makeuseof-giveaway/

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, December 17th at 2100hrs PST. Please don’t miss it. :)

PDF-XChange now available for free for creating PDFs

7 Nov

“Tracker Software Products Ltd., a developer of PDF software, announced it is offering PDF-XChange Lite 4.0, its lightweight software for creating and editing PDFs, as a freeware for non-commercial and academic use. PDF-XChange Lite 4.0 is derived from the company’s flagship PDF-XChange line of commercial products.”

The press release appeared at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/11/prweb4724614.htm

I have to say, PDF-XChange Viewer is quite a great PDF reader alternative to Adobe PDF Reader. It allows users to get some basic editing done easily, such as markup, annotation etc. However, I was misunderstood by this PR. It said PDF-XChange Lite 4.0 is now free, when I installed the app, it asked me the Registration Code which I don’t know how to get.

PDF XChange Viewer

Finally I found a statement at the corner of their official website. “**For a limited time, by purchasing a PRO Viewer license customers receive a FREE copy of PDF-XChange 4.0 Lite.” WTF, I need to purchased the PRO to get a free license? That must be joking.

Sometimes bad marketing strategy will cost your customers. :( What’s worse, I counldn’t cancle the installation, neither click back nor Close windows worked.  I have to press Ctrl+Alt+Del to close the windows and click Shift+Del to delete the program permanently.

The Real PRO – Adobe Acrobat X PRO

20 Oct

Adobe announced both a Standard and Pro version of the barnd new Acrobat X, together with a free version of its Reader X software. The new Acrobat helps you create gorgeous PDF portfolios, lock down electronic documents, collaborate more easily. But the Acrobat X is still expensive and out of many people’s budget, upgrade from the latest version cost US $199.00. Maybe Adobe also realises that, so they use a slogan: Exceed Expectations. Even Your Own to tell you it worths that much. -_-#

adobe slogan

But it’s hard to deny that Adobe Acrobat X is a real pro. PDF portfolios is the highlight of the Acrobat X, it makes Acrobat special since the release of the previous Acrobat version. It is able to assemble files of many different types into one PDF portfolio. For example, you can import a photo, PowerPoint presentation, Word documents, flash and even audio and video files together. What does that mean? Different types of files need different application to open in the past, now only a free PDF reader can read anything in PDF. You may use Microsoft PowerPoint to support your speech, but now maybe you will consider put all the stuff into a PDF portfolios with Acrobat X.  Meanwhile, users can also customize the portfolios using new layouts, visual themes, and color palettes. I think the ads on Adobe’s official homepage wanna illuminate the feature of PDF portfolios.

Adobe ads

Put asides the PDF portfolios features, Adobe says that Acrobat X’s scanning feature creates smaller files, and that the optical character recognition engine is more accurate than before. OCR is one of the most important technology to make static paper into editable electronic documents. Of course, without Adobe Acrobat, we also can use some online OCR Converter to convert scanned PDF into editable formats.

There are more features about Acrobat X, click here to learn more.

Free Giveaway: AnyBizSoft PDF to PPT for Mac

11 Oct

AnyBizSoft, a studio focused on PDF conversion solutions, launched their a large-scale of  Giveaway on AnyBizSoft’s fan page on Facebook.

This time AnyBizSoft is giving away licenses for their hot-selling PDF to PowerPoint for Mac for free. This exclusive and time-limited giveaway for AnyBizSoft’s fans runs from Oct 11 to Oct 31, 2010. Anyone who is already a fan or clicks the Like button to become a fan can get a PDF to PowerPoint for Mac, which is worth $49.95, for free.

Here is the how-to steps:

1. Go to fan page, if you are not a fan of AnyBizSoft, the area of giveaway will be blocked. The giveaway is exclusive for fans.

fanpage lock

2. Click Like button to unlock, then you can type in your name and the email address.

fanpage unlock

3. Click Send me Keycode then you will get the licensed email address and registration code in your mailbox immediately. Click Download to get the app.

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4. Launch the app, the interface is pretty clean, just drag the PDF files into the panel, click Convert, job will be done in seconds.

PDF to PPT Mac

5.  Compare the original PDF in Preview and the converted PowerPoint file in Keynote, 90% of the layouts and contents are well preserved, only the font changes into default,  never mind, right?! Seems that the preservation is better in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or 2010.

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Here is the Northbee’s review:

Interface: (9/10) Easy and clear, sometimes we just need an easy app, not the most gorgeous one. Every one can easily becomes experts without the help document.

Size: (8/10) 7.5 MB, small but strong.

Conversion Speed: (10/10) To be frank, the conversion speed suprised me, it took less than a minute to convert a 170 pages PDF into pptx. I don’t even have the time to take a cup of coffee.

Function: (8/10) Supports batch processing, partial processing, even protected PDF can be converted.

Conversion Accuracy: (7/10) It works like a charm dealing with easy PDF. If the layouts are complicated,  it can’t preserve the elements perfectly. I tested about 10 PDF files, the quality of the target files look better in Microsoft than in iWork. Hope they can improve the compatibility in the future.

In conclusion, AnyBizSoft doesn’t fool me,  “PDF to PowerPoint for Mac is a download worth its bytes”, they said on their wall.  I recommend it. By the way, if you are a Windows users, they also giveaway PDF to Word for Windows on fan page, just go get one. Will review that later. :)

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Benz sold 205 smart within three and half hours on Taobao

9 Oct

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On Sep 6 2010, Benz sold 205 “smart” cars on Taobao, the biggest e-commerce website in China. The promotion is the typical Groupon-like mode. They provided 23% discount on its original price tag,which was extremely attracting.

According to the agency behind this campaign, they planned to sell 200 “smart” cars on Taobao in three weeks’ time. Of course, the result is quite a super surprise.  All cars were sold out in three and half hours. The campaign also attracted over 300,000 visitors in less than 24 hours.

They said: “69 cars were sold to buyers in Zhejiang province (where Taobao’s HQ is located), 45 in Beijing, and 22 in Guangdong province. According to a salesperson at Benz, on average one Smart car was sold every day.”

We can learn from this case study. First of all, Groupon style promotion works! Secondly, things like cars, the expensive and huge products can also be sold well through Internet. Last but not least, the consumption ability in China is strong. No one should miss the market of China in the future.

[via China Internet Watch]

Office for Mac 2011 Coming October 26

28 Sep

Microsoft announced that Office for Mac 2011 will officially be released on October 26.

Versions include: Office for Mac Home and Student 2011, Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 and Office for Mac Academic 2011. Home and Student 2011, which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Messenger, will retail for $119 for a single install or $149 for a three-install Family Pack. Meanwhile, Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 will retail for $199 for one install and $279 for two installs.

It will be available in English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish and Russian.

The Office for Mac Blog said that one of the most visually impactful features in the new suite also is called Dynamic Reorder, it gives you the ability to interactively re-order all of the layers in a document or presentation – one of the ways that we are solving a very real customer need with a fun experience. The new suite also introduces a new view in Word 2011, Full Screen view which has two views: one optimized for writing and the other for reading.  Allowing you to block out the distractions and focus on putting your idea on paper.

Here is a video about the Dynamic Reorder, seems really cool.

Can’t wait to try it out.

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