October 25, 2012#

Finally, a new post and a NEW BOOK!

I’m excited to announce the publication of my new book, Building PowerPoint Templates: Step by step with the experts!  My co-author, Echo Swinford, and I spent most of the year writing and re-writing this one-of-a-kind guide to building templates that work well beyond your desktop.

The book is available in print and eBook from Que Publishing and Amazon



  1. Thanks for your book. Exactly about what my business has fallen into. No one else wanted to touch PowerPoint, way back in the mid nineties. Found a niche. Very nice to find people who know as much and more about PPT innards. Enjoying the book. Scribbling all over it and making it my own. New stuff I had never even thought to explore. Such as those annoying extra color chips you don’t want the client to use. Tried to obtain Visual Studio LightSwitch — even chatted with an agent — no longer available by MS. Can you let me know what is your next best suggestion for editing XML? Do want to try getting those extra custom chips in there too!
    Thank you again,

  2. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the book, but very sorry to hear about LightSwitch! I looked into this and it appears that LightSwitch is now a part of Visual Studio 2012 instead of a separate program.

    We suggest you try Visual Studio 2010 Express. Download is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/downloads#d-2010-express (choose Visual Studio 2010 Express All-in-One ISO)

    Alternatively, Echo Swinford has an excellent tutorial on how to add Custom Colors using Notepad as the XML editor: http://echosvoice.com/tutorials-2/2010-2/powerpoint-2010-custom-colors/

    And, PowerPoint MVP Shyam Pillai offers a free Color Scheme Creator add-in that also lets you add custom colors to the interface. http://skp.mvps.org/swatch.htm

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