We win for edgiest title in a PowerPoint book
There are plenty of books that will teach you beginning PowerPoint, but far fewer for those who already know the basics. And for those who struggle with message, visuals, or with working efficiently, there might only be one…this one.
Across 275 pages, Altman holds nothing back about why the presentations industry suffers from a bad reputation and the role that end users have in that reputation. He also writes with authority and eloquence about the solutions to these problems.
While full of illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and dozens of references to downloadable examples, this is also a book that you can simply sit down and read. “I was a writer before I was a computer guy,” Altman says, “so I would like to think that, if nothing else, my books are a good read. Even if you disagree with everything I say, you should still come away entertained by it.” Altman has been entertaining his literary audiences for over 30 years.
This book is for users of all versions of PowerPoint.
An efficient and up-to-date read
It’s almost scary to consider how quickly and how steeply the presentation community has grown up around us since the third edition. A search through the previous edition shows that we made a big deal about cloud computing but had barely heard of Dropbox, spoke of the challenges of creating slides on an iPad, but now there is an Office version dedicated to it, and wondered if such platforms as Prezi and SlideRocket would be PowerPoint killers, the latter of those two competitors no longer in existence.
The fourth edition changes all of that, as we blend tried-and-true principles of presentation design and PowerPoint technique with the dizzying advancements in authoring and delivery technology. It covers with completeness PowerPoint’s exciting new features, such as Morph and Zoom, and offers strategies to help you navigate its trickiest functions.
This book offers full treatment to our bread-and-butter topics, such as Survival Skills for the Non-Designer. We know that most presentation content creators do not have a degree in graphic design or any formal background in the arts. Yet they are required to create engaging visual content on a daily basis. We devote six robust chapters to the topics and issues that we think are most salient to those tasked with presentation and slide design. Here is a sample chapter from that part.
The book is leaner—about 50 pages lighter—and yet more robust at the same time. The companion website is heartier than ever, with more reference files, practice slides, and supporting media. We have revisited every example, every screen image, and every topic to ensure that they remain timely, relevant, and useful. And if you prefer just digital, you can order the book in PDF or Kindle versions.
To buy a copy, print or electronic, search Amazon for “PowerPoint” and “Suck.” It will be the first on the list…”
$19.95/printed copy, $9.95/electronic versions<br>$8 to ship print copies to the U.S.; $12 to ship internationally