I make a lot of presentations using PowerPoint and I’m also on the receiving end of a lot of presentation.
I truly believe that a good presentations is not made with slides but with a good story and talk track. However, the slides need to be clean and not distracting. One thing that always distracts me is miss alignment of visuals, icons not being centered or columns not evenly distributed.
PowerPoint Align objects functions
PowerPoint has a great feature called Align to help you address this. You can find the Align options under the Arrange button located in the Drawing section underneath the Home Tab.
Using these Align option will save you a lot of time and increase the quality of your presentations. I use these options every day, and unfortunately I couldn’t find a way to access them using keyboard shortcuts. In this post I’ll share the workaround I use to access the align options using keyboard shortcuts.
As Solution Architect a part of my job is doing product demo’s and building Proof Of Concepts. The best way for me is to build stuff based on a clean install of Sitecore with the involved modules installed (like DMS, SES or ECM). Normally you will do this with the default Sitecore installer and manually install the modules you need, but this will take to much of your precious time.
With the SitecoreInstaller you can install Sitecore with selected modules in one click.
How to use the Sitecore Installer?
There are two things you need to do for the SitecoreInstaller:
Create the build library
Download and configure the SitecoreInstaller
Create the build library
The build library is where the tool stores files needed for installation such as Sitecore versions, licenses and modules. And has the following structure:
In Sitecore you can personalize your website with conditions and actions using the Rules Engine (so called Conditional Rendering rules). In Sitecore 6.5 the interface for defining conditional rendering rules is integrated in to the page-editor, this way it´s easier for the marketeer to create and maintain pesonalization rules.
But as a developer you want to create predefined rules and activate them on the template standard values, the same way personalisation was working in Sitecore 6.4. This is still posible with 6.5 only by default the Personalisation section of the presentation component properties is hidden in Sitecore 6.5.
The following steps will enable the Personalisation section in the Presentation Component Properties dialog window.
Open the Content Editor, press the Sitecore Logo button on the top left and select Application Options.
In the Application Options dialog window go to the View tab. Underneath the Control Properties section, tick the checkbox Show Personalization Section and press Ok.
That´s it! The Personalization Section will be visible again.
To make thinks easier for the business-users you can use Icons for templates. This is a great way to make the business-user recognize the different types of content they can create. But did you know you can also use icons for your Fieldsections?
Set Icon with the webinterface
You can set icons for Fieldsections the same way as you do for your templates. Just open the content editor, expand a template and underneath a template you will find all your FieldSections. Select a field section and set the icon!`
For example. Let’s say we have a template called Sample Item with a Fieldsection Page Title and Text.
If you expand Sample Item Template you can see that there is a Item named Page Title and Text this is the Template Section defined in the Template builder.
Select the Page Title and Text item and assign a icon (Configure –> Appearance –> Icon). That’s it. Now create a new Item based on the template and see the result.
Try doing this on your templates. It’s so easy and it will make the Content Editor more attractive for your business-user. Feel free to add comments of questions below.
Update: Set Icon with Sitecore Rocks
You can also set the Template Section Icon with Sitecore Rocks. Expand the template in the Sitecore Explorer and right click the Template Section. Go to Tasks, Set Icon and select the Icon. (Thanks to @kayeeNL for his Tweet about setting the icon with Rocks)