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Logic: powerful charts in PowerPoint

There are two things I have learnt over my years using PowerPoint:

  1. If you want to stand out and get noticed, you need a better story, presentation, animation set and graphics.

  2. PowerPoint is brilliant at explaining complex relationships. It is not so good at interactivity.

Crystal Excelsius is a program I've been using for a while now and I still keep learning what it can do. Basically, it takes data and formulae in an Excel spreadsheet and brings it to life. But not only does Excelsius add interactivity, it add graphic class I've not often seen in other programs.


Time to get excited!


That is not my photo, by the way. But he is as happy as I'd expect! 

Some facts:

  • Excelsius is a program that runs externally to PowerPoint

  • It exports results to: Macromedia Flash (for the web or within PowerPoint), PowerPoint, PDF, and Outlook

  • It is so well integrated into Microsoft Office you need very little knowledge to run it

  • The outputs are graphically wonderful

  • The result is an interactive chart that is hard to believe. And it is not even fair calling them "charts" because Excelsius does much more.

An example:

This example took me two seconds. Well, it is one of the many examples available as a template. Change the data and you are away. For projects you design from scratch it is as easy as:

  1. Design your spreadsheet

  2. Import your spreadsheet into Excelsius

  3. Add custom interactivity in Excelsius

  4. Export to the application you need

  5. Remember: These charts work in a PowerPoint slideshow!

One of the graphic-rich charts available  in Excelsius:
Click on any pie sector

Heaps more:

  • Heaps of pre-set visualizations

  •  Drill down charts

  • Add on library that include world maps

  • Customizable alerts for data

  • You get the picture!

Crystal Xcelsius from Business Objects





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