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chapter 17 Advanced PowerPoint uilding individual slides in PowerPoint can be lots of fun, if that's your idea of a good time. But the real muscle of the program lies in its ability to pull those images together into a running slideshow. Although good taste sometimes suffers as a result, you can dress up your slide presentations with flashy cinematics, music, sound effects, and voice narration. You can then rehearse your PowerPoint shows to work out the split-second timing. You can even turn your masterpieces into printouts or a Web site for the benefit of those who missed the presentation, or save your slideshows as QuickTime movies, then edit them again later (back in PowerPoint). This chapter shows you how to harness these potent PowerPoint features. B Making a Slideshow Chapter 16 discusses building slides and finding your way around PowerPoint. Now it's time to dig in and look at the big picture--how to bring those images together into a complete slideshow with all the trimmings. Transitions PowerPoint gives you broad artistic license in the way you switch from one slide to the next. By varying the transitions--the between-slide special effects--you can create a sense of movement or put some zip into otherwise lackluster material such as tables, flowcharts, and scenes from your Cancun honeymoon. PowerPoint transitions range from simple cuts (with one slide quickly replacing another) to fancier effects such as dissolves (where one slide melts into the next) and checkerboard wipes (where slides chapter 17: advanced powerpoint 627