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August 4, 2011

New smart art graphics for PowerPoint 2010

Being a productive user of PowerPoint 2010 it was nice to see that Microsoft is offering a update to Office 2010 smart art collection. While this update is only for PowerPoint 2010, anybody that uses Office can tell you how amazing Smart Art has been since introduced in Office 2007.

One of the newest and possibly my favorite has to be the Converging Text SmartArt. Its a great way to show how ideals, process, and activities flow into one single outcome.

Try combining these new SmartArt graphics with with your PresentationPro PowerDesigns template to create a truly killer presentation.

See the additional new SmartArt graphics and how to update after the break.

Theme Picture Accent
Use to display team or group pictures such as baby showers or wedding photos, a birthday party, or work teams as illustrated below

Radial Picture List
This layout allows you to combine images and words that show related list items around a central topic.

Circle Process
Vertical bulleted lists have always been useful for grouping related items or process steps into categories, but in the world of “Wide Screen” presentations, horizontal content often seems more appealing and natural. This  is a great way to convert vertical lists into a horizontal graphic that looks professional and can be styled to match your document theme.

Theme Picture Alternating Accent
In this example, the main picture is a map, and then the smaller pictures are individual countries. This layout alternates between squares and rectangles, which makes it easy to display both your horizontal (rectangle) and vertical (square) pictures.

Theme Picture Grid
Offsetting the picture from the frame makes my pictures stand out by drawing the eye in. Just be careful that the frame doesn’t cut off an important part of your picture.

Hexagon Radial
A new take on an old concept. The use of hexagons and trapezoids gives you a multi-step process with a central theme or title, but with a visual sharpness provided by the numerous corners and straight lines. We intentionally put a lighter color on the connecting trapezoid so that the focus remains on the text and not on the shapes themselves.

Picture Frame
This  provide a clean way to tie your text to your image without having to use traditional captions. This is accomplished this by using an offset frame or border that binds the text to the image.


Interconnected Block Process
This layout is ideal for expressing concepts that flow from one into another, growing in either importance or complexity. The subtle wedges emphasize the flow of the process, while the growing size of each stage can allow for more emphasis or elaboration in the later stages.

Tab List
This layout is based on a classic metaphor for categorized items: files and folders. This metaphor is very appropriate to any kind of research or investigation, and could also be used to present the kind of information you might expect to see in a card catalogue or a Rolodex (such as names and phone numbers).

In Office 2010, you’ll see these new SmartArt graphics automatically in the layout type of the Choose a SmartArt Graphic gallery. (To get to the gallery, on the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click SmartArt).

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You, our customers, asked for several of these new SmartArt graphics (including picture organization charts). So please use the Comments section below to let us know what you think, tell us how you use SmartArt graphics, and how you decide which one to use in a given situation. And leave us your requests or suggestions, likes, and dislikes as well. I can personally guarantee that each comment will be read by the Office product development team.

Source: Microsoft

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