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Old 21 May 2018, 02:44 AM
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And it's so dated.
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Old 21 May 2018, 03:01 AM
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crocoduck_hunter, please tell that to the person who read a powerpoint to us at a presentation I was at two weeks ago.
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Old 21 May 2018, 04:47 AM
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Now I'm not saying that Powerpoint is old fashioned, but did they have leg warmers and feathered hair?
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Old 21 May 2018, 12:58 PM
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We still use Powerpoint a fair amount at my employer.
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Old 21 May 2018, 01:06 PM
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Wrong gender, I think, crocoduck_hunter. (At any rate, if we're being old-fashioned.)

Lainie, you have my sympathies. (Or else, possibly, your audience does )
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Old 21 May 2018, 01:24 PM
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We don't just use it for presentations (although it is the standard presentation tool). Our primary project definition document uses Powerpoint. In the general run of things, people are more likely to read/review it independently, at their desks, than sit through a presentation of it.

I'd be surprised if we were only the very large company still using Powerpoint.

ETA: I think our training people use it, among other tools, to create CBT modules and other training materials.
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Old 21 May 2018, 03:16 PM
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We don't just use it for presentations (although it is the standard presentation tool). Our primary project definition document uses Powerpoint. In the general run of things, people are more likely to read/review it independently, at their desks, than sit through a presentation of it.
I find it somewhat less annoying in that fashion, in that I can go through it a lot faster that way; but still annoying, in that it stretches out a minimal amount of information to take up a whole lot of space; and, if I have reason to print it out (e.g. I sometimes need to present information to market members who are Old Order Mennonite; or want to handwrite notes on it to clarify my thinking; or just want a non-computer version to read while away from a screen myself) it takes a huge number of pages to print out what could usually have been fit on a couple of pages in an old outline format. ETA: even if I'm not printing it out, it's still a whole lot of extra screen space to scroll or click through.

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I'd be surprised if we were only the very large company still using Powerpoint.
I would also be surprised; and certainly some individuals/small companies doing presentations are still using it. While I've never understood the enthusiasm for the format, there are clearly significant numbers of people who like it; though my general if somewhat limited experience is that there are usually few of them in the audience they're inflicted on.
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Old 21 May 2018, 03:21 PM
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Powerpoint essentially replaced the use of transparencies and overhead projectors for presentations, and IMO is still an improvement on them. I'm open to considering a better alternative (for myself, I don't make those decisions for my employer), but so far no one has suggested/offered one.

For documents like our project definition, I'd prefer Word.
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Old 21 May 2018, 03:36 PM
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And it's so dated.
Especially the projector!
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Old 21 May 2018, 03:42 PM
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Powerpoint essentially replaced the use of transparencies and overhead projectors for presentations, and IMO is still an improvement on them.
IME a good deal of what it replaced was the sort of presentation that either didn't use such visuals at all, or used them only as part of the presentation and only for the sort of information that really does come across better in the form of pictures -- certain kinds of graphs, for instance; or illustrations of eg X Disease In Early Stage On Tomato Leaves.

I agree that if the information's going to be presented in the form of three or four bullet points per slide (often in a darkened room which makes it hard to take notes and puts half the audience to sleep), doing so via Powerpoint is better than doing so via the old slide systems, which seemed to break down even more often -- except, perhaps, that by making it so much easier to do it that way it encouraged more people to use the general format. It's the form of the presentation that bugs me. It also bugged me when people did it via slide shows; but it wasn't nearly as common.

Now the next thing seems to be trying to present everything via videos, which is even worse. I don't want to watch an hour of video in order to get an amount of information I could read in ten minutes. And while the hour of video of how to put the raised bed mulch layer together was somewhat useful, a printed manual could have come out into the field with me much more easily.

Grumble, grumph, get off my lawn!
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Old 21 May 2018, 04:05 PM
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I don't love the video presentations, either, although most of the ones I see are very, very short -- basically designed with the assumption of very limited attention spans.
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Old 22 May 2018, 12:54 PM
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Our primary project definition document uses Powerpoint.
That makes my eye twitch!

nonononononononononononononono!

Not for me!


Nooooooooo

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Old 22 May 2018, 01:18 PM
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Especially the projector!
I admit the helper pushing the projector forward in the ad got a big laugh from me.

Really, though I think that presentation violated the Geneva Convention. "Step One: Finding the proper drill bit".
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Old 22 May 2018, 01:23 PM
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That makes my eye twitch!
It'd twitch more if you saw some of the formatting. Fortunately when the newest content revision is complete, my boss plans to give me a chance to wordsmith it, fix the formatting, etc.

Example: whatever style/background it uses makes hyperlinks show up gray.
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Old 22 May 2018, 02:33 PM
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The Geico commercial where the couple are looking for something and find stuff from the '90s, the CD player, a retainer and "90s sitcom star Dave Coulier" in the sofa. Not sure how funny it would be if seen over and over but very funny the first time!
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Old 22 May 2018, 02:45 PM
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It'd twitch more if you saw some of the formatting. Fortunately when the newest content revision is complete, my boss plans to give me a chance to wordsmith it, fix the formatting, etc.

Example: whatever style/background it uses makes hyperlinks show up gray.
The first thing I would do would be to move it so something a little more appropriate!
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Old 22 May 2018, 03:00 PM
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Which would be pretty much anything else.
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Old 22 May 2018, 03:11 PM
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Yeah, that's not my call. Y'all go right ahead and spend your time doing work that isn't authorized and might get you into trouble, I'll pass.
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Old 10 July 2018, 06:34 PM
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New Mayhem ad! This time he's a four year old ring bearer at a wedding. He also likes to swallow everything, but still won't eat broccoli. At the end of the ad, Mayhem asks, "Where can a ring bearer get a bite to eat around here?"
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Old 10 July 2018, 09:06 PM
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These two commercials for Fallsview Casino in Niagara always make me laugh for some reason. I guess it's the over the top 'problems' the people who didn't go are having.

https://www.facebook.com/fallsviewca...7191627378756/

https://www.facebook.com/fallsviewca...0801876351064/
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