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Why should you use PowerPoint 2002?
The following article is a transcript from a our video product, "Intro to Powerpoint XP."

Why should you use PowerPoint? That's a good question. Before we begin this extensive PowerPoint course, let's answer a couple of important questions:

1. What is PowerPoint?
Basically, PowerPoint is a software package that allows you to create professional multimedia presentations. As opposed to the traditional presentation formats (such as slide projectors), PowerPoint has many of advantages:

  • Many viewing options: You can view your presentation in many different places … on a computer monitor, LCD projector, and you can even export your show onto the web.
  • Printing: You can easily print copies of your slides and hand them out to your audience. This is great for teachers and educators, and students like it because they don't have to take as many notes.
  • Fast updates: You can update and fix your presentation at a moments notice (even minutes before your live presentation). No need to run to Kinko’s to have new (and expensive) slides prepared

2. What else can PowerPoint do?
PowerPoint also allows you to insert multimedia elements that could never be duplicated with projector slides. Some of these include:

  • Transitions: You can make fancy transitions between your slides.
  • Animations: A great new addition to PowerPoint 2002 are animations that make your text and pictures zoom around the screen and jump into place.
  • Audio/Video: You can insert audio/video directly onto a presentation slide. This makes your presentation seamless as you no longer have to bring along a VHS player with you.

Overall, PowerPoint is a great program. It’s easy to learn, and is "required knowledge" for anyone who gives presentations.

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