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Animating and Building Visio Diagrams in PowerPoint

You can use the PowerPoint build features to animate Visio shapes on your slides. Builds are particularly handy for introducing complex ideas. If you illustrate the concept in Visio, you can display it, one element at a time, in your presentation. PowerPoint offers two types of builds that you can use with Visio diagrams, animated builds and sequential slide builds.

In an animated build, you copy elements of a Visio drawing individually, paste or embed them on a slide, and then animate each element in PowerPoint to build the drawing, as Figure 13-12 shows. You can even control the way different parts of a drawing appear on a slide, allowing elements to enter the slide from different directions. This technique adds a sense of motion and direction to otherwise static shapes, which you can use to convey a message of change or to introduce visual concepts gradually. (A build can also function as gratuitous razzle-dazzle to keep the audience awake.)


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