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Welcome to these tutorials, many of which were unique concepts when first published!


Visualize: techniques to visualize your presentation

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Perspector 2:

Logic: put some real 3d effects and animations into PowerPoint


<Smile> Now to have some fun. We are going to animate a Perspector object. To cut down on web page size, I'll use a pre-built object from the Perspector Library. Then we will end will a nifty little trick. Perspector in a web page!

perspector gif

Under the Common Tasks section of the Perspector Task Pane, we select New 3d image, From the Perspector Library.

library menu

I'm going for the set or rings as they will look nice when rotating.

rings example

What I will do is add some text to a text box so that it will appear each time the objects rotate.

right click menu

The menu is available by right clicking on the relevant object. When the text is entered, we have to be a bit careful that it doesn't disappear behind something closer to the camera (you).

add text to rings

 When an object is selected, there are a range of handles you can grab, most of which are for rotation. But the blue knob is for depth. Grab it and drag forwards (towards you) and it will come closer.

animation options

Adding animation is easy via the Frame menu.

animation dialogue

Remember that increasing the length of the animation will increase the length of time the image takes to render when improving image quality. It will also increase file size.

Now, some traps. You have to make sure the animation does not go beyond the bounds of the frame that the objects are in. Else they will disappear off the edge of the frame.

animation trap

Also, notice that the text over towards the right is out of line with the other objects.

view option

There are a number of buttons available in Perspector that allow you to view from a  different angle and reposition. When you apply Changes, Perspector will render the animations. You will need to improve them later, as I did in the first tutorial.

Now to the cool bit!

You already know that these animations run within PowerPoint. But they can also run in Internet  Explorer. And in PowerPoint 2003, it is very easy to access. That is because the animated objects are really presented to PowerPoint as animated gifs.

ave as picture menu

Right click and save the picture out of PowerPoint as an animated gif, and you will have an animation that can be inserted into a web page. That is how this image was created! But another important caveat.


While file size is not so important in PowerPoint, it is critical in web pages. You need to keep your animation very small to take advantage of this ability. Resizing the frame smaller after you have built it, will not necessarily reduce file size later. You need to push objects away from the camera, and then resize the frame to fit them.

Once again, you can check out the Perspector site for more details.





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