(PRWEB) June 24, 2005
Visual Exemplars has launched the latest version of its PerspectorÂ 3D add-in for PowerPoint, with many new ease-of-use features.
Adrian Doyle, CEO of Visual Exemplars said: ÂCustomers were telling us that Perspector is a great product but they had the impression it was going to take too long to learn to use. It was a step too far to work up a dramatic 3D image with Perspector after spending considerable time putting their PowerPoint presentations together. We have therefore changed Perspector to make it very easy for people to import and adapt ready-made images to start them off.Â
He was referring to the ÂPerspector LibraryÂ which users access from an assistant panel. Selecting a ready-made image from a series of thumbnails causes it to appear in the PowerPoint slide. Short videos are available from the same panel to show how the imported image can be quickly modified.
A video demonstration of these Perspector features can be viewed from: http://www.perspector.com/tour.html
The team behind Perspector are part of the growing community that believes audiences deserve more than the usual diet of bullet-pointed slides. Many presenters are now rethinking their approach and rediscovering that an appropriate image is indeed worth a thousand words. However, PowerPoint is a two-dimensional medium and, until the Perspector add-in came along, it was difficult for presenters to illustrate complex relationships between ideas in a simple way. The use of 3D and animated images is powerful as they come closer to connecting the viewer with the real world.
MicrosoftÂs PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Geetesh Bajaj in a review of Perspector said ÂI have to admit that I love Perspector. It allows me to play with the third dimension inside PowerPoint and it actually is so much fun to work with.Â
Perspector allows users to draw within a Â3D spaceÂ behind the screen. Using Perspector it is now possible to work with three-dimensional cubes, spheres, comes, pyramids and many other shapes, and combine them in ways that add meaning.
New features of Perspector V2.3 include an assistant panel that:
Â walks users through common tasks
Â makes it easy to select and insert the ready-made library image slides
Â contains mini video tutorials that show how to work with Perspector
Â allows Professional Edition users to preview slide layout templates
There are Standard and Professional editions of Perspector. For the first time, Version 2.3 enables people to try the features of both editions before they buy.
People who want to try Perspector can download a trial version from http://www.perspector.com/free_download.cfm. After 30 days, edited Perspector images are overlaid with a ÂwatermarkÂ that is removed when a license is purchased. Existing customers can upgrade to the new version free of charge.
Notes for editors:
1) The first version of Perspector was released in May 2004. Visual Exemplars Ltd is an Edinburgh-based software house whose mission is to improve graphics for the ordinary business user.
2) A video demonstration of Perspector can be viewed from:
3) Main differences between the editions of Perspector are that, whilst people can import library slides and draw 3D shapes with the Standard Edition, the Professional Edition makes it possible to bring images of slides from another part of a presentation and lay them out in another slide to show relationships between them.
4) MVP Geetesh BajajÂs review of Perspector can be read on his on-line magazine ÂIndezineÂ
http://www.indezine.com/products/powerpoint/addin/perspector.html. However, the current review is based on an old version of Perspector. We will be approaching him to request an update.
5) A ÂPowerPoint Article ResourceÂ file is available from a hidden page on the Perspector website. It is offered as a source of inspiration to journalists who wish to write about PowerPoint in general. The download address is: http://www.perspector.com/journalists.cfm
6) Business or computer magazine editors who wish to download the install_Perspector.exe file from the Perspector website and distribute the trial version on cover disk are welcome to do so without further reference to Visual Exemplars. However, if we know about intended distributions we can offer some tailored text.
7) Similarly, please notify any reviews published.
Steve Hards, preferably by email in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Sales and Operations
Visual Exemplars Ltd.
Perspector London Sales Office
5 Marcia Road
Tel & Fax: +44-20-7064-0883
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