PowerPoint Ad Creation

PowerPoint Ad Creation

In this article, we will explore why PowerPoint ad creation is a great alternative to more expensive graphic design software. Advertising brings in customers, as well as money. With the emergence of screens everywhere, this has led to an increase in the available...
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...
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...
How to Fix PowerPoint Low Resolution Pictures?

How to Fix PowerPoint Low Resolution Pictures?

Great to see that many great looking high-resolution images are used in PowerPoint presentations. Pictures are great as an illustration on your slides, to add some visual aid to your message, or a great background. But very often, we see that the quality of the...
Emergency Digital Signage From Existing Networks

Emergency Digital Signage From Existing Networks

When disaster strikes, how do you keep people informed? We feel that emergency digital signage is a powerful channel for informing the public in emergency situations, complementing other channels like emergency radio & TV, email lists, and phone/text messaging....
Video Wall Digital Signage Creation

Video Wall Digital Signage Creation

Our product called iPoint is a great software solution to create, assign and distribute playlists with presentations and videos to remote television screens. Professional people call this digital signage. Not only is iPoint great for digital signage, you can also use...
How to Create Dashboard Software Using PowerPoint

How to Create Dashboard Software Using PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a popular software program that is included with most versions of Microsoft Office. Most people use PowerPoint to create presentations and to show charts and graphs. However, PowerPoint can be used for so much more than just these things. PowerPoint...
Free Digital Signage Software: ShowPoint

Free Digital Signage Software: ShowPoint

Looking for an inexpensive way to create your first digital signage? Try our free digital signage software, ShowPoint. ShowPoint is a simple, yet powerful tool that lets you turn PowerPoint presentations into automatically running digital signage on TVs or computer...
Digital Signage Player Using a Computer

Digital Signage Player Using a Computer

Digital Signage Player Introduction We have many experiences in setting up computers as a digital signage player. Let’s give an expert overview on the actions that you need to execute to turn a (new) computer into a full functioning and full operational digital...
Digital Signage Software Playlist Priorities

Digital Signage Software Playlist Priorities

A digital signage planning tool allows you to create and schedule playlists. A playlist is a list of multimedia files that you want to play together on your digital signage screens in your school, office or factory. In this article, we will show you how to set digital...
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...
Digital Signage Advertising Tracking

Digital Signage Advertising Tracking

You are running an advertising system or digital signage system for your customers or you have a shop and you show commercials of your vendors. Then they will ask for proof of play. You can provide this proof by setting up digital signage advertising tracking. They...
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 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...
The importance of Screen Calibration

The importance of Screen Calibration

For the Mr Perfects and Professionals among us! We were recently working on a project of a customer and they sent in a Photoshop design of what they wanted to see on the information screens. That’s typical, most users send in a PowerPoint presentation already,...
How do you get the PowerPoint onto the TV after you make it?

How do you get the PowerPoint onto the TV after you make it?

This is without a doubt a great question. Fortunately, we’ve come up with three comprehensive solutions that you can take to your advantage in order to make this happen. It’s a great way to use PowerPoint presentations on a television in a lot of different venues such...
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...
Convert PowerPoint to JPEG (High Quality)

Convert PowerPoint to JPEG (High Quality)

PowerPoint is great for designing leaflets, posters and other forms of advertising. It is a great, powerful but easy tool to generate your documents and graphics. High-end software like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator is not needed. In this article, we will learn...
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...
Does PowerPoint Compress Images?

Does PowerPoint Compress Images?

Some people use PowerPoint for advertisements and information screens.  Typically for those type of presentations, you need to create astonishing presentations with great visuals.  For them, showing high-resolution quality images in PowerPoint are crucial! But, when...
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...
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...
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...
PowerPoint Clock with Date & Time Display

PowerPoint Clock with Date & Time Display

We have 2 possible scenarios for displaying a PowerPoint clock. This is a dedicated time add-on for using a PowerPoint clock to display the time or date in a presentation. This is very easy to use and can use a clock, calendar, count down, timer etc. If you need to...
Weather Display with Forecast.io / Dark Sky API

Weather Display with Forecast.io / Dark Sky API

We have 3 possible scenarios for displaying weather. This is a dedicated weather add-on for PowerPoint to display weather information in a presentation. This is very easy to use and it can show current weather information and forecasts. If you need to display the...
Create a KPI Dashboard Using PowerPoint

Create a KPI Dashboard Using PowerPoint

  KPI dashboards are becoming increasing important to companies and organizations because they let management see key performance indicators as to the health and processes at a glance. In this video/article, we will show you how to set up a KPI dashboard using...
How to Use a Timer in PowerPoint

How to Use a Timer in PowerPoint

A timer in PowerPoint is often seen. Probably the most seen is a timer for a break in a presentation. But others use PowerPoint as an information screen and display real-time and dynamic information on it. You can use it for example on a school display system during...
KPI Dashboard: Lundins Case Study

KPI Dashboard: Lundins Case Study

Our clients are extremely creative and come up with ways to use our products that often astonish us. So we thought we would share some case studies as to how our clients make real-life use of our software tools within their businesses or organization. Today, we are...
Display real-time oData in PowerPoint

Display real-time oData in PowerPoint

OData or Open Data Protocol, allows you to connect to RESTful APIs in a simple and standard way.  Typically you will find an oData service with one or more resources with data. DataPoint allows you to connect to an oData service (and more). You can use DataPoint to...
How to Fix Long Dynamic Texts with DataPoint

How to Fix Long Dynamic Texts with DataPoint

When you use our DataPoint technology to display real-time information on your PowerPoint slides, then you are displaying dynamic information from a data source. Typical for dynamic values, is that you have no real control over the minimum or maximum length of the...
How to Use the PowerPoint Format Painter Effectively?

How to Use the PowerPoint Format Painter Effectively?

The PowerPoint Format Painter We start with a new presentation or slide, with an acro gymnastics picture. I want to create a flyer for the new acro cup event. As you can see, next to the images, there are some two text boxes with some white text in it. Let’s...
Guide to Schedule Slides in a PowerPoint Slideshow

Guide to Schedule Slides in a PowerPoint Slideshow

What is PlanPoint? This is a tool to schedule slides of a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. Advantage is that you can leave your slideshow running without stopping the PowerPoint kiosk presentation. This is a free PowerPoint add-on that allows the user to set timings...
Create Digital Signage PowerPoint Playlists

Create Digital Signage PowerPoint Playlists

Digital Signage with PowerPoint Playlists Let’s dive into the world of digital signage with PowerPoint playlists and presentations. Earlier our topic was about setting up digital signage playlists with images and videos. Now, it is time to talk more about using...
Dynamic Text Tickers for PowerPoint Slideshows

Dynamic Text Tickers for PowerPoint Slideshows

What are Text Tickers? It probably started on television. Display text or graphical information on your television channel, on top of the broadcast. Often it is used as a text ticker for special events, interruptions, news messages and announcements. The advantage of...
Most Efficient Way to Duplicate Shapes in PowerPoint

Most Efficient Way to Duplicate Shapes in PowerPoint

Everyone uses PowerPoint to create presentations. Even a child can create presentations. But there is something in our brains that keeps telling us to use CTRL + C and CTRL + V to duplicate PowerPoint shapes. We see this happening all the time. Someone wants to show...
Dynamic Text Boxes in PowerPoint

Dynamic Text Boxes in PowerPoint

Today, you will learn a great trick for a PowerPoint presentation. You can make your PowerPoint presentations completely dynamic. Watch how you can connect a PowerPoint text box to a data source and use text boxes as dynamic text boxes on your slides. Set Up a Data...
Most Effective Waiting Queue Software

Most Effective Waiting Queue Software

We all know that this system is for waiting queues. You will see it at waiting areas, post offices, help desks, etc. When you enter the area, you will  take a number and you will wait till your number will be displayed on a LED display. This boring LED display is...
SQL Presentations

SQL Presentations

Let’s build a data driven SQL presentation that get its information directly from a Microsoft SQL Server database. With DataPoint you can link your slides to a database and display real-time information on your slideshow or view the latest information on your...
How to Use PowerPoint for Digital Signage Course

How to Use PowerPoint for Digital Signage Course

To help answer people’s questions about PowerPoint and digital signage, we put together a short, easy to follow: “How to use PowerPoint for Digital Signage” free online course. Some of the topics include: Why PowerPoint is great for digital signage...
Snapshot Presentations

Snapshot Presentations

What are Snapshot Presentations? A DataPoint-enabled presentation is a normal PowerPoint presentation that is linked to data sources via the DataPoint add-on. First you set up your data connections and then you start linking these data connections to text boxes,...
CounterPoint Queue Management System

CounterPoint Queue Management System

Dear Local business owner, Does Your Current Queue Management System Cost Too Much and Provide Too Little? Do you want to display much more than 2 digits to your waiting customers? Are you looking for a Professional Queue Management Solution that your business...
PowerPoint Presentations for Pubs

PowerPoint Presentations for Pubs

Can you imagine a pub without a television? Yes, all the pubs have a television to show sports and news etc. But pubs also start using televisions or computer screens to show information about their own pub. Why not? There is so many things to say on an electronic...
Problem: PowerPoint Slideshow Freezes on a Slide

Problem: PowerPoint Slideshow Freezes on a Slide

In some conditions, a PowerPoint slideshow that is set up as a kiosk slideshow, and thus intended to run continuously without user interactions, might freeze on a given slide. After running normal for hours or even days, sometimes the slideshow freezes, apparently...
Correct PowerPoint Aspect Ratio: 4:3 or 16:9

Correct PowerPoint Aspect Ratio: 4:3 or 16:9

Last week, I checked in at a nice hotel. Close to the reception desk, there was a big television screen mounted to the wall. It played an hotel promotion video showing the rooms, facilities, restaurants etc. A wide-screen or typical 16:9 movie on a typical television...
Annoying Cursor Visible in PowerPoint Kiosk Presentations

Annoying Cursor Visible in PowerPoint Kiosk Presentations

Microsoft learns you that, by default, the pointer or cursor in a slideshow, hides automatically after three seconds of inactivity. The pointer reappears when you move the mouse. There are scenarios possible where the pointer is not hidden automatically when using...
How to Create a Digital Signage Image Playlists

How to Create a Digital Signage Image Playlists

In this article we will show you how you can create a playlist with images and schedule the playlist for playback on remote computers. Why would you use images for digital signage? As explained in our article about the digital signage components of iPoint, we use the...
How to Use the PowerPoint Document Maker the Right Way

How to Use the PowerPoint Document Maker the Right Way

Today we will demonstrate a special feature of our DataPoint Enterprise edition. You need to know that with the DataPoint Standard edition, you can link to excel worksheets and databases already, to display data in real-time and to generate snapshot presentations. Now...
Secrets to Data Driven Charts in Presentations

Secrets to Data Driven Charts in Presentations

Advantages of using charts There are many reasons to use data driven charts to visualize information in a presentation or on an information screen. First of all, charts are easy to read. Charts are visually appealing, compared to e.g. a text box or table. Easy...
Best Resolution For PowerPoint Presentations

Best Resolution For PowerPoint Presentations

We often get the question on how to set up a PowerPoint presentation in a specific resolution. Here is what we answer. Output device It is best to know your output display device upfront. You better start a presentation in a given resolution or size, before you add...
The Secret of Time-Restricted Announcements

The Secret of Time-Restricted Announcements

Earlier this week a blog article was published on dynamic greetings in PowerPoint. Now we will go further on that with dynamic and real-time time-restricted information. An information screen is showing much more than just a greeting like “Good Afternoon”....
Mail Merge actions in PowerPoint like a Copying Machine

Mail Merge actions in PowerPoint like a Copying Machine

PowerPoint to create personalized documents PowerPoint is a perfect tool to create personalized presentations or documents. The user can create multiple pages and add high-quality shapes and charts to the slides. PowerPoint does this work much better than compared to...
Guide to Troubleshoot PowerPoint Add-on Load Failures

Guide to Troubleshoot PowerPoint Add-on Load Failures

Here are a few steps to find out why the PowerPoint add-ons are not loaded automatically when the user starts the Microsoft PowerPoint. These instructions are for Office and the PowerPoint add-ons in general but also for our PowerPoint add-ons like DataPoint,...
The Ultimate Trick to Launch Your Screen Saver Much Quicker

The Ultimate Trick to Launch Your Screen Saver Much Quicker

At the Screensaver settings of your Control Panel, you can set the wait time to launch the screensaver. When you set the wait time to 5 minutes, then you have do not touch the computer for 5 minutes before the screensaver starts.   Screensaver communication In some...
How Create Digital Menu Boards with PowerPoint

How Create Digital Menu Boards with PowerPoint

  What is a Digital Menu Board? Digital menu boards are menus displayed on computer monitors or TV screens. These are commonly used in coffee shops and restaurants. They include pictures and prices of menu items.  It is easy to update and can be connected to databases...
How to Work With Multiple Users on an Excel Worksheet?

How to Work With Multiple Users on an Excel Worksheet?

By default when the user updates an Excel file or worksheet then the user is opening the Excel file exclusively to make sure that while updating nobody can open it too to modify other information and then loose the information by the last save document action. But...
10 Ways to Optimize PowerPoint for Information Screens

10 Ways to Optimize PowerPoint for Information Screens

Here are a few tips to optimize Microsoft PowerPoint presentation as a perfect slide show for the information screens for  shop, office or factory.   1. Page layout and screen resolution First item is to check the layout and size of the display device. The user should...
Free Article Explains Signage and Digital Signage

Free Article Explains Signage and Digital Signage

We are often asked ‘what does your company sell?’ and ‘what does your software do?’. We reply that primarily we sell ‘software for digital signage’ however most people do not understand what this includes. The following explanation should clarify what our software for...
Why Would You Put Live Soccer Scores in Presentations

Why Would You Put Live Soccer Scores in Presentations

Something completely different in this article. Humans like soccer and they follow their favorite club(s) and the rankings. Now you can display live soccer information like ranking and scores in real time in a data driven PowerPoint presentation. Some people run a...

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