I’m a fan of little applications that do one thing, do it well and don’t use a lot of resources. Pixie is exactly that, and once you use it, you won’t want to design presentations without it. Need to match font colors to a photo or a logo in your presentation?
It only runs when you need it, so it’s not a resource hog. Just start it from a desktop icon and cursor over anything on your screen – a photo, video, illustration, color on a website…
Pixie will produce the hex, RGB, HTML, CMYK and HSV values of that color! Works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7.
Pixie / Nattyware.
I’m a fan of tools that help me use media for more than one purpose. Since I do use PowerPoint frequently, I started looking for a tool to convert PPTs to video files that I can use for YouTube. I found a CNET review of the Leawo PowerPoint to Video program decided to give it a try. Since it was an Editor’s Choice, with 4.5 out of 5 rating, I decided to download the free trial. You can try it here: Leawo PPT to Video Trial
Overall, Leawo PowerPoint to Video is a sleek program that performs its job with no troubles, just how we expected.
Leawo PowerPoint to Video leaves a watermark on output during its trial period. With a professional look and excellent results, we highly recommend this program to anyone looking to perk up their PowerPoint presentations.
via CNET Download.com.
I tested using PowerPoint 2003 and 2007. I set up a couple of slides, added some custom animation sequences and a music file. I easily output FLV, AVI, MOV, and h264 versions of both MOV and AVI. The interface was completely intuitive and the batch process worked well. The output was clean and lightning fast. (HD h264 takes a little longer, but not an unreasonable processing time.) The product lets you set the time between slides and you can add audio outside of PowerPoint if you didn’t include it in your presentation file. Best of all, all of the animations, timing, links and audio stay intact when you convert.
Here’s a YouTube version of a short little test.
If you want to use YouTube for instructional or training purposes, if you make content for digital signs using PowerPoint, or if you want a self-running file – I highly suggest trying the free trial version. Leawo PPT to Video Trial (As you can see above, it has a watermark.) But at $44.95 (you can buy it through regnow/Digital River right from the trial interface), I think this little application may really be useful for many presenters.
Presenters, teachers, team leaders…do you need a temporary planning hub for an upcoming business project or classroom presentation? Well here’s a free online tool that will help you plan and execute. Now you can collaborate using a temporary web page that works like a wiki. Just set up your temporary web page at
disposablewebpage.com, and you can post information for review or editing by others.
Even better – it’s free (you don’t even have to sign up for an account unless you wish).
Use it to brainstorm, make notes for yourself or collaborate with others on projects, plans, ideas, meetings…
1. Choose a page name
2. Bookmark your URL so you can go back to the page and/or share it with your team.
3. Save your Login Master Key (auto generated), and set an Editor Key if you want others to co-edit.
4. Set your own count down clock (up to 90 days) before self destruct!
I think this is a great free tool for classrooms collaboration, event planning, presentation reviews, project teams and so much more. We all know that planning and collaboration help us make better presentations, so this is a presentation tool you can really use.
Take a look at a temporary web page example I set up and check out some of the cool features. This tool has a simple visual editor, is intuitive, and has some great features and options: upload up to 5 photos, leave sticky notes, keep a history of all revisions to the page.
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