Frustrated by the linear nature of PowerPoint? Would you like to navigate quickly between slides in different parts of your presentation? Microsoft Office Labs have come up with a free new plug-in for PowerPoint 2007 called pptPlex which allows you to tour your students through your presentation as a ‘zoomable canvas’. The video below produced by pptPlex shows you what this looks like:
I used pptPlex for a workshop recently and was impressed with the flexibility it allowed me. Having a visual overview of the next section of slides also helped me plan what I was going to say. The huge limitation of pptPlex is that currently you can’t embed video or slide animations [it would also be good if it was available for older versions of PowerPoint].