Airplane In-Flight Information Screen

Airplane In-Flight Information Screen

I admit! I’m addicted to digital signage and information screens. Everywhere I look, I see samples of information screens or scenarios where people better can use information screens to enhance businesses, processes, and flows. Even in the air when I recently...
New DataPoint Feature: Facebook Posts Data Provider

New DataPoint Feature: Facebook Posts Data Provider

General Facebook Page information like the number of likes in general etc, could already be displayed in real-time on your PowerPoint slides. Now we have added a new feature, a new data provider to DataPoint. You can now show Facebook Posts in real-time with our new...
Smart City Project – Software Tools

Smart City Project – Software Tools

In this video and article, we are going to explore how our software can be used for your smart city project – to make your community or city truly data-driven. Smart City Project Concept What is a Smart City Project? This is a project meant to collect data from...
Facebook Page Data in PowerPoint

Facebook Page Data in PowerPoint

Gain more Facebook likes by showing your Facebook Likes counter in real-time at your shop. Visitors and customers will like to like your Facebook business page to get more promotions, news and updates from your company. You are working hard to be creative and social...
New Feature: Data Scrolling Progression Indicator

New Feature: Data Scrolling Progression Indicator

Our DataPoint plugin for PowerPoint has many but one great feature to mail merge data into presentations. Mail merging is the method of taking the data from a data source like Excel or database and then generate multiple customized documents. A good example is...
Import All Your Sales Data to PowerPoint

Import All Your Sales Data to PowerPoint

Sales reporting requires a direct approach in communicating data, an approach that will covey swiftly and effectively the interpretation of sales to its audience. The use of PowerPoint proffers a direct approach that gives your audience a quick understanding and...
Show Websites in PowerPoint

Show Websites in PowerPoint

There are tools available to show websites on PowerPoint slides like LiveWeb and LiveSlides. I’m recommending them often. You can use that to draw a web browser object on your slide, and then specify the URL to show in there. When you run your slideshow, you...
Show Coronavirus Data in PowerPoint

Show Coronavirus Data in PowerPoint

In this video and article, we are going to show you how to add real-time Coronavirus data or any other real-time data to PowerPoint using our software tool, DataPoint. Finding Coronavirus Data The first step to displaying any real-time data is to find out where to get...
How to Create Complex Data-Driven PowerPoint Dashboards

How to Create Complex Data-Driven PowerPoint Dashboards

We recently created this data-driven dashboard in PowerPoint by connecting our presentation to a database with our DataPoint plugin. The result is quite astonishing. The database is basically a dummy, where we have a small utility to execute random updates on the...
One World Observatory Visitor Information Screen

One World Observatory Visitor Information Screen

The One World Observatory is located at the One World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, USA. This building was a tribute to the tragedy that happened at 9/11 (2001) with the Twin Towers. It recently opened in 2014, and Observatory itself opened mid 2015 and is...
How to Build Fundraising Screens

How to Build Fundraising Screens

Fundraising is a way of collecting voluntary contributions or donations for a purpose. From door to door, on a shopping street, on television, on the internet, Facebook collections etc. Fundraising is on the rise, especially due to social media. Think about...
Announcement: DataPoint Industrial Edition & OPC

Announcement: DataPoint Industrial Edition & OPC

Presentation of data is key to the success of an organization. It helps to communicate with stakeholders regarding product development, sales and other crucial information regarding the company. PresentationPoint is a leading developer of PowerPoint add-ins that has...
New: DataPoint 3.0 with Subscription

New: DataPoint 3.0 with Subscription

DataPoint is a software solution that can create real-time connections to any data source. It can extract data from a different sources and use them to present information in the form of infographics, charts, or graphs on your slides. This is a way of simplifying the...
Use PowerPoint to Create Digital Signage Movies

Use PowerPoint to Create Digital Signage Movies

In the 21st century, communication and interaction between organizations and the public have been transformed by advances in technology. In the past few years, a majority of companies and organizations have replaced traditional signage with digital signage, which...
Countdown to New Year 2020

Countdown to New Year 2020

The last countdown event of the year is always the countdown that we all do; the countdown with family and friends to New Year. Think about Times Square, New York. That is the best example of counting down to New Year.  You can create that same effect in your office,...
Countdown to Christmas 2019

Countdown to Christmas 2019

A computer or television screen that counts down to next Christmas, creates attention and Xmas-awareness. This awareness is very important for shops. Public holidays or celebrations generate extra sales. Imagine Valentine. When you see that tomorrow it is Valentine,...
Dashboard Design

Dashboard Design

When you work in a warehouse, bank, logistic company, plant, factory, or many others, you most probably work with dashboards.  Have you ever met an ugly dashboard? Have you met an information panel that did not inform you, but confused you with the information that it...
Digital Signage for Exhibition Centers

Digital Signage for Exhibition Centers

When walking around in an exhibition center the most important subject is way finding.  Most exhibitions have arrows in the air or lines on the ground but more centers are switching to digital signage solutions. Displaying the arrows on a monitor is the future. Look...
Create and Update PowerPoint Reports

Create and Update PowerPoint Reports

The best way to achieve effectiveness in business reporting is the direct approach. If you want to pass your points across to stakeholders and get them to listen, appreciate and enforce, you must be clear, simple and direct. When presenting a report, you must arrange...
FAQ: Show the Last Value of an Excel Column

FAQ: Show the Last Value of an Excel Column

I want to show the last entry of a column in Excel in real-time. I have an excel file, in which a data (numbers) is added to a specific column. I would like to present the current number updated in the last row of the column in a text box every 1 sec. How can I do...
FAQ: Can DataPoint Work with Any Template?

FAQ: Can DataPoint Work with Any Template?

Can we use our own PowerPoint templates to use them with DataPoint for linking? Can we use PowerPoint templates as supplied by others as well? BL Sure, DataPoint and all other PresentationPoint products use native and normal PowerPoint presentations. So this gives you...
FAQ: Visual Numbers in PowerPoint

FAQ: Visual Numbers in PowerPoint

I use DataPoint to display real-time information from a database during an event.  When there is a value 30 in the database, then I want to display 30 icons at different locations on the screen.  Sort of a visual representation of a number while updating in real-time....
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Contest Countdown Board

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Contest Countdown Board

When you are in New York and you want to run away from the city, from the noise and traffic, you go to Coney Island in Brooklyn. Take the orange D or F, or yellow N or Q train; all 4 lines will take you directly to Coney Island, New York’s most famous amusement...
FAQ: Show Real-Time PDF Documents on your Slides

FAQ: Show Real-Time PDF Documents on your Slides

How to show up-to-date pdf documents in PowerPoint Do you have a solution to dynamically show pdf documents? AS People often ask us how to display up-to-date PDF documents on PowerPoint slides. We do have our DataPoint add-on to display information in real-time from...
FAQ: How Do I Add A Ticker Symbol Using DataPoint?

FAQ: How Do I Add A Ticker Symbol Using DataPoint?

How do I add a ticker symbol using DataPoint? Something like this where it would auto update and we could do several other companies… BP We were recommending the Yahoo API for that earlier, but Yahoo has been shutting down some data services. We have found another...
Weather in PowerPoint

Weather in PowerPoint

The question most often asked: What will the weather be today? Weather is omnipresent in our society. You see weather information in your newspaper, weather apps on your phone, you can track rain and thunderstorms online and more. No wonder that weather information is...
Display Website in PowerPoint with Updates

Display Website in PowerPoint with Updates

We are the champion in displaying real-time information on your PowerPoint slides. Typically information is stored in files and databases, and these numbers, names, percentages, KPIs, target dates etc are all displayed as characters and numbers. But in some cases, it...
Changing the Width of a Shape Dynamically

Changing the Width of a Shape Dynamically

Rotating a shape on a slide was already explained in an article. Handy when you want to rotate the needle of a gauge on your information dashboard. Easier than rotating is changing the width of a given shape on your slide. Think about a bar that is linked to a...
Datafeed Directory Now Available

Datafeed Directory Now Available

Because we connect so many kinds of data to presentations and digital signage, many of our clients ask us where to find datafeeds. So we created our datafeed directory to give you some data sources to start with.Click on the button below to be taken to our datafeed...
Randomize Data Rows on Your Slide

Randomize Data Rows on Your Slide

DataPoint is mostly used to display the latest information dynamically on your PowerPoint slide. But sometimes people want to display random stuff. Like the joke of the day, quote of the day, etc.For all of the 25 data providers that you have in DataPoint, you can set...
Mail Merge PowerPoint Presentations – 4 Types

Mail Merge PowerPoint Presentations – 4 Types

In this article, we are going to discuss how to create mail merge PowerPoints and what to use them for. PowerPoint is a perfect tool for mail-merging reports. What am I saying? PowerPoint is the best and cheapest way to do your mail-merged individual reports, but only...
FAQ: Old Data On Slide While Transitioning

FAQ: Old Data On Slide While Transitioning

With DataPoint you can link text boxes to data sources like files and databases. When the dynamic text box is used on a slide with a transition, then you will see old data during the transition since PowerPoint has made a bitmap or cache of the slide and it uses that...
10 Creative Ways to Use Data in Presentations

10 Creative Ways to Use Data in Presentations

Here is a recording of Garland’s presentation “10 Creative Ways to Use Data In Presentations” from our 2018 Presentation Ideas Conference. If you have comments or questions about the presentation, let us know. PresentationsData is increasingly...
How To Set Up Data-Driven Digital Signage

How To Set Up Data-Driven Digital Signage

How to set up a data-driven digital signage solution? That is what we do. Providing software for data-driven presentations and digital signage. Basically, this is a combination of 2 our major products: DataPoint and iPoint. The setup is absolutely not complex, but...
Infoscreen Software

Infoscreen Software

Technological advancement has led to the digitization of information. Digitized information allows you to know so much within a limited time frame. This can happen when the information is presented on an infoscreen with as few words as possible and with currently...
Building Effective Dashboards

Building Effective Dashboards

PowerPoint presentations are very time efficient and effective. Not only do they erase the burden of having to read a large chunk of text, they also afford you the opportunity to see the most important information instantly. With PowerPoint, data can be presented...
DataPoint Software Demo

DataPoint Software Demo

We have created many videos showing various aspects of how DataPoint can be used to connect PowerPoint to data to create digital signage, digital menu boards, and data-driven presentations. But these videos are scattered across our blog and YouTube Channel, making it...
Case Study: City of Winter Springs

Case Study: City of Winter Springs

For our case study this time, we travel to the City of Winter Springs, Florida. Winter Springs is a city of 33,282 located in Seminole County Florida. The Problem The City of Winter Springs has bi-monthly Commission meetings between the public and their elected...
Data Driven Logistical Presentations

Data Driven Logistical Presentations

Why organizations need data-driven presentation software for its logistical sectorRelying on instincts is a dangerous game play that should be avoided by the most sophisticated organization as well as a new business.The United States boast of the most equipped...
PowerPoint Replaces Flash Digital Signage

PowerPoint Replaces Flash Digital Signage

CC De Werf is a Belgian arts center from Aalst that was already using a digital signage solution that they bought. This system was a Flash-based.  To illustrate what they needed, they created a PowerPoint(!) slideshow that they would send to an external supplier who...
The Magic to Show or Hide PowerPoint Slides Dynamically

The Magic to Show or Hide PowerPoint Slides Dynamically

Information screens are very effective for communication. You are using PowerPoint to easily design your slideshow. Next to that,  DataPoint as add-on for PowerPoint to displays data in real-time.  Finally you show your slideshow on a computer or large television...
Flight Information Display System (FIDS) for Airports

Flight Information Display System (FIDS) for Airports

When you are traveling by air, then you go to the airport and you look at the flight information screens that are present all over the airport.  When you are departing then you first check the check in desk for your airline or flight. This flight information is...
Dynamic Trivia Quiz

Dynamic Trivia Quiz

A Trivia quiz is always great. Questions, suspension, doubt, reaction speed, fun and a good humor. Who needs more to break the ice and to spend some time with friends or family? Typically for Trivia, you get a question for a given point of interest, e.g. like sports...
Countdown Timer Display

Countdown Timer Display

Countdown timer displays are often used for counting down to a specific date, or a timer to count since there is a specific date.  Countdowns are often used to count down to New Year, Christmas, the end of the Ramadan, opening of a new shop, to show how long a speaker...
Logistics Dashboards Using PowerPoint

Logistics Dashboards Using PowerPoint

When you work with a lot of data, it is really boring to stare on the huge sheets of numbers in Excel or similar software. It is much better to visualize the information and present it in a form of chart, graphs or infographics – like logistics dashboards. No...
Dynamic PowerPoint Font Size Scaling

Dynamic PowerPoint Font Size Scaling

A text box is the most used shape on your PowerPoint slides and it can comes in various flavors and colors. A text box can simply contain one word, multiple words or maybe multiple lines of text. But how do you handle variable text that might range from 10 characters...
Live Doppler Radar Image in PowerPoint

Live Doppler Radar Image in PowerPoint

It is summer now at the northern hemisphere and in summer you can have severe weather conditions and thunderstorms. Most of the times, people get warned for this type of weather so that they can secure everything around the house.  Weather web sites are regularly...
Infographic Maker: PowerPoint

Infographic Maker: PowerPoint

In this article, we will explore how PowerPoint can be used as an infographic maker. What is an Infographic? An infographic is a graphic, VISUAL representation of data or information you are trying to convey. It goes beyond just charts by combining the visual...
FAQ: How to Generate PowerPoint Certificates?

FAQ: How to Generate PowerPoint Certificates?

In this article, we answer a customers’s question about getting data into PowerPoint certificates. I have the names in an excel document and I have a designated text field within a PowerPoint slide (which is where I have the certificate currently). I was going...
Live Twitter Feed for Business

Live Twitter Feed for Business

In this article, we will explore how a live Twitter feed can help your business. Twitter has over 330 million active users who send over 500 million tweets a day. Twitter provides businesses an opportunity to engage in real-time with their users. Your live Twitter...
KPI Dashboard Example: HD Supply

KPI Dashboard Example: HD Supply

Today we look at a real life case study how one of our customers uses our software to create a custom KPI dashboard. A KPI dashboard is where you use software to report your key performance indicators (KPIs) in real time. HD Supply Holdings Inc. is one of the largest...
FAQ: How to Use Linked Pictures

FAQ: How to Use Linked Pictures

In our new FAQ section we discuss a frequently asked question that we get in at our helpdesk. This time we were asked how to use linked pictures for events on slides and we want to share this question and its possible solutions with you. I am working with a small...
Twitter Wall with PowerPoint

Twitter Wall with PowerPoint

  In this article, we will discuss how you can use our tools to create a Twitter wall. We revised our Twitter data provider and it can now display a profile image and the featured image of a Tweet. In this example, we will create a Twitter wall feed from a...
Microsoft Outlook Data Files Support for DataPoint

Microsoft Outlook Data Files Support for DataPoint

OutlookPoint was our add-on for Microsoft Outlook to read out information from your Outlook store.  OutlookPoint running in your Outlook application was continuously exporting your chosen data to an OutlookPoint Microsoft Access database.  But that has changed as of...
New Data Provider for Microsoft Yammer Network

New Data Provider for Microsoft Yammer Network

And again we added a new data provider to DataPoint.  This new data provider allows you to connect to your Microsoft Yammer business network and display messages in real-time on the slides of your information screen. Click to open DataPoint and click the List button...
PowerPoint Dashboard – How to Add Gauges

PowerPoint Dashboard – How to Add Gauges

A PowerPoint dashboard with real-time data on gauges is very easy to build with the DataPoint for PowerPoint add-on. Use DataPoint to connect your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation to a data source of your choice. Often databases and spreadsheets are used. Let’s...
Meeting Room Booking System: Exchange & PowerPoint

Meeting Room Booking System: Exchange & PowerPoint

Here is how to use Microsoft Exchange and PowerPoint as a meeting room booking system. You see those tablet devices hanging next to the door of a meeting rooms in offices. This discretely display meeting information and you can see who is having a meeting and when...
Google Sheets PowerPoint Integration

Google Sheets PowerPoint Integration

Next to Google Calendar, there is another great Google service in the cloud: Google Sheets. It is a spreadsheet application, like Microsoft Excel, but then hosted in the cloud. The best part of Google Sheets feature is that you only need an internet browser to access...
Exchange Connectivity Feature added to DataPoint

Exchange Connectivity Feature added to DataPoint

With the latest update of DataPoint, we released a new data provider – Microsoft Exchange connectivity. A new data provider to connect your presentation to Microsoft Exchange data is added to the already long list of possible data providers. This is the 25th...
Dynamic Charts and Graphs in PowerPoint

Dynamic Charts and Graphs in PowerPoint

Charts are great to visualize data. Look at a simple bar chart. It visualizes information and immediately plots the information on an X and Y axis. Products compared to countries, teams compared to productivity, and so on. Or a pie chart. See what part of the pie is...
Countdown to New Year in PowerPoint

Countdown to New Year in PowerPoint

Create your own DIY PowerPoint presentation that counts down automatically to New Year. Set a target date, January 1 2018, and run your slide show. The slide will count down the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds. Our DataPoint add-on for PowerPoint, or our...
Countdown to Christmas in PowerPoint

Countdown to Christmas in PowerPoint

Create your own DIY PowerPoint presentation that counts down automatically to Christmas. Set a target date, December 25, and run your slide show. The slide will count down the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds. Our DataPoint add-on for PowerPoint, or our...
Automatic Text Replacements of Data

Automatic Text Replacements of Data

Recently, a DataPoint user was looking after a feature in DataPoint to replace or remove some unwanted characters coming from his database. We assisted him for a solution. We came up with a new addition to DataPoint where you have the option to scan all the database...
Hurricane Tracker – Create Your Own in PowerPoint

Hurricane Tracker – Create Your Own in PowerPoint

The long dreaded Category 5 Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, were millions of residents have fled the streets of Miami Beach, and the hurricane continues north towards Tampa Georgia. Already, 23 people have suffered the wrath of the deadly storm and Islands...
PowerPoint Report Builder Add-on

PowerPoint Report Builder Add-on

PowerPoint is great software that lets you handle all your presentations in an easy manner. It is ideal to display charts and graphs and can even be used to build dashboard software. However, if you explore this amazing software, you will find that it is not...
Reordering Columns in PowerPoint Table

Reordering Columns in PowerPoint Table

Our DataPoint software product is a great aid for linking PowerPoint tables to data sources for real-time updates. For this article, we will run the linking steps. You can use any data source like a database or Excel sheet. For the full instructions for the Excel...
PowerPoint Tables with Real-Time Data

PowerPoint Tables with Real-Time Data

PowerPoint tables are really the most flexible shape that you can place on PowerPoint slides. A text box is great too because you can fully customize the text box individually, but a table is more flexible since it combines quickly a number of rows and columns that...
PowerPoint versus Excel

PowerPoint versus Excel

PowerPoint™ and Excel™. Two popular Microsoft products used extensively in business. But which one is more powerful for creating business reports? Since a lot of the data needed for reports is often already in Excel, many people automatically use Excel to create...
Data Visualization Using PowerPoint

Data Visualization Using PowerPoint

PowerPoints have been used for many business presentations and data visualization for many years. They are frequently used because they allow a huge amount of data to be shown on one side and they are easy to use. PowerPoint has received a few upgrades over the years,...
Visual PA System in PowerPoint

Visual PA System in PowerPoint

What is a Visual PA System and how do you create one? According to Wikipedia, a Public Address System or PA system is an electronic sound amplification and distribution system with a microphone, amplifier and loudspeakers, used to allow a person to speak to a large...
Data Presentation – What is It?

Data Presentation – What is It?

Our business is data driven presentations. But what is a data presentation exactly? Let me try to explain that to you with a real life situation. When you are travelling, you arrive in the airport and the first thing that you will do when you enter the airport...
How to use Variables in DataPoint?

How to use Variables in DataPoint?

And again we can introduce a great new feature of DataPoint; the use of variables in your custom sql statements. Let’s explain what this is. You want to create a nice data driven presentation. A sales presentation on a given product for distribution to your...
Case Study: As Belgium Town Hall

Case Study: As Belgium Town Hall

As is a small town of about 8,200 people in the province of Limburg in Belgium. As is also the home of PresentationPoint. The town hall of As helps clients every day. They used to have an “open” waiting room concept but this didn’t offer much privacy...
How to Use the DataPoint Data Cache?

How to Use the DataPoint Data Cache?

PresentationPoint added a new cool feature to its DataPoint product.  Your data driven PowerPoint presentations can now benefit from a local data cache in PowerPoint. All data is retrieved from the servers each time you open a data driven presentation, internet web...
How to Put the Data File in a Network Share?

How to Put the Data File in a Network Share?

Displaying real-time information in a running slide show is what our DataPoint add-on does. So you set up a link to your data file(s) like a text file, Excel file, or simple Microsoft Access database, and you run the slide show. But how can you update your data file...
PowerPoint Text To Speech using DataPoint

PowerPoint Text To Speech using DataPoint

We listen to our customers. That is for sure. This is a typical sample. After that we released our update notification sound earlier, a user was requesting PowerPoint text to speech capabilities. Believe it or not, less than 2 weeks later, it was implemented and...
Bluetooth Button for Queue Management Systems

Bluetooth Button for Queue Management Systems

Waiting rooms are common in government offices, medical facilities, banks, bakeries, butcher shops and other offices. Managing waiting queues effectively is critical to your customer and patient well-being. In this article, we will show you how to use a Bluetooth...
Super Bowl Live Score

Super Bowl Live Score

The Super Bowl is thought by many to be the United States’ biggest sporting event. In this article, we will show you how to display the Super Bowl live score in PowerPoint. This can be used for: Digital Signage: Show the Super Bowl live score to patrons of your...
Notification Sound on Data Update in PowerPoint

Notification Sound on Data Update in PowerPoint

PowerPoint as Information Screen You are on the right track already when you display real-time data on a television or computer screen with Microsoft PowerPoint. Like a message board or information screen in your company, school or factory. DataPoint technology can be...
Waiting Queue Management System in PowerPoint

Waiting Queue Management System in PowerPoint

Our software is often used as queue management software for banks, attractions and waiting rooms. You enter the waiting area of a building and pick your number and then wait until your number is displayed.  With the number that you got from the ticket dispenser, you...
Digital Signage at Churches

Digital Signage at Churches

Digital Signage at Churches After researching several products from larger more technical to smaller solutions, we settled on DataPoint by PresentationPoint. We needed a solution for our new facility that would accommodate a flexible display and presentation for the...
How to Use the Find and Replace on DataPoint Connections

How to Use the Find and Replace on DataPoint Connections

With DataPoint you link your PowerPoint presentation to various databases and files. Some people set up many different connections in one presentation. But at a given day, you have to change some data. Maybe the username, the name of the file or the path to your data...
Working Faster with DataPoint Copy and Paste

Working Faster with DataPoint Copy and Paste

Sometimes you use DataPoint extensively. Not just where you assign a dynamic value from your database, but more like rules and formatting, replacement texts, ticker definitions etc. A lot of work on one text box only, while you maybe have many other similar text boxes...
Multiscreen Digital Menu Boards

Multiscreen Digital Menu Boards

What do you do when your restaurant menu is too awesome to fit on just one screen? Go multiscreen! Here are some tips on how to create multiscreen digital menu boards.Here is some software we will be using to manage this process.PowerPoint – PowerPoint handles...
How to Display Live Election Results in PowerPoint

How to Display Live Election Results in PowerPoint

It’s election time and people are clamoring for the latest up-to-date polling or voting information. In this article, we’ll discuss how to display live election results in a PowerPoint presentation. How can this be used? This could be used by broadcasters...
How to Link an Internet Image to PowerPoint

How to Link an Internet Image to PowerPoint

Introduction In today’s blog article, we will show you how you can insert and link a picture of a web site into your PowerPoint slide. Often, we are asked to display weather maps or traffic maps on an information screen.  We will show you the easy steps on how...

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