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1. How can I link my PowerPlugs: Transitions enhanced presentations?
2. How can I save my Transitions enhanced PowerPoint presentation as a .PPS file (PowerPoint Show)?
3. How can I run my 3D enhanced presentation in a continuous loop?
4. How can I insert my own images into a Transitions 3D effect?
5. How can I automatically run my 3D enhanced presentation from CD?
   
1.

How can I link my PowerPlugs: Transitions enhanced presentations?
It is currently not possible to playback the 3D effects in real-time for linked 3D enhanced presentations. However, we offer FREE presentation sharing service on PowerShow.com, which supports our 3D Transitions. Simply upload your presentation after applying all the desired 3D Transitions and upload using PowerShow.com. Once the presentation is converted to a flash video (similar to YouTube), it can be shared and embedded on any webpages.

   
2. How can I save my PowerPoint presentation as a .PPS file (PowerPoint Show)?
It is currently not possible to save 3D enhanced presentations as an independent running PowerPoint Show (PPS) and retain the ability to play back the 3D effects in real-time. However, PowerPlugs includes "Pack with Effects" which allows you to pack up your 3D enhanced presentation along with PowerPlugs ' royalty-free Player so you can send the 3D enhanced presentation to others and/or play back your 3D enhanced presentation that may or may not have PowerPlugs installed.
   
3. How can I run my PowerPlugs: Transitions enhanced presentation in a continuous loop?
It is currently not possible to continuously play back 3D enhanced presentations that have been set to continuously loop. This is because the realtime play back makes use of system memory and dedicated video memory, when present. And, use of this memory in a continuous loop play back gradually degrades the play back performance. So, one has to occasionally ESCape out of a continuous looping 3D enhanced presentation to refresh memory. Then you can restart the presentation play back by selecting "View Show with Effects" again.
   
4. How can I insert my own images into the Transitions effects?
The following transition styles in PowerPlugs: Transitions V offer an option to insert an image of your choice to display on the animated 3D transition effect –

Delivery Truck
Emerald Screens
Imperial Disk
Scene Slate
Turn Image Turn
Turning Pieces
Twirling Panels
Vault Doors
Virtual Billboard

A quick way to identify whether the selected transition style supports image insertion, is that the Option button to do so will be enabled.

How to insert your own images on the Transition effects

1. Open any existing presentation or create a new presentation that includes 3 or more slides.

2. Select Add 3D Transition from the Transitions toolbar (or go to PowerPoint's Slide Show menu and select Add 3D Transition).

3. You will see the following dialog.


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4. Select a volume (Transitions V).

5. Select one of the styles that supports image insertion (Delivery Truck, Emerald Screens
Imperial Disk, Scene Slate, Turn Image Turn, Turning Pieces, Twirling Panels, Vault Doors, or Virtual Billboard).
When you selected a transition style that allows you to use your own image, then the Options button will be enabled. Otherwise, this button will be in the disabled state.

6. Click the Apply (or Apply to All) button. The Insert Image dialog will then display (this dialog only displays when a 3D transition style that allows image insertion has been selected). Choose an image that will replace the default image (“Your logo here” image) on the selected transition effect. The “My Pictures” folder is the initial folder that displays in this dialog. Once you browse to a different folder and apply an image, the next time the Insert Image dialog is opened, the path/folder in which the previous image was selected will display.

[ Image 2 ]

a) Apply is used to change the image for a single effect.
The selected image will be used on the currently selected 3D transition effect (chosen from the “Add 3D Transition” dialog in step 5 above).

b) Apply to All is used to change the image for all the effects simultaneously.
The selected image will be used for all of the 3D transition effects that allow editable images in the current presentation.

When you select a 3D transition style with editable images the first time after the installation of PowerPlugs: Transitions (or the first time after selecting the “Reconfigure” program in the Windows Start>Programs>PowerPlugs>Transitions folder), upon clicking the Apply or Apply to All button, the following dialog box will be displayed to note you that you can use the Options button in the Add 3D Transitions dialog to modify the image or select a different image.

c) Cancel is used to close the dialog without applying the selected image.

d) Use Image is enabled (checked) when a 3D transition style that allows one to insert their choice of image to the effect has been selected. If this option is not available (grayed out), that is because the currently selected 3D transition style does not support the Insert Image option.

If this option is available and you want to be able to apply a selected image on the 3D transition effect, make sure this option is enabled by placing a check mark next to it.

If you do not want an image applied to the 3D transition effect(s) that allow image insertion, Uncheck (disable) this option. By doing this, no image will be displayed in the 3D transition effect (i.e. it will not display the “Your logo here” default image on the 3D transition effect).

NOTE: Currently, 24-bit bitmap images (BMP) are not supported. If you apply a 24-bit BMP, the image will not display correctly during the real-time playback of the 3D transition effect.

7. The Insert Image dialog will also display in the following situations –
•  When a chosen 3D transition style has a default image (“Your logo here”) and you click the Apply button.
•  When a chosen 3D transition style has a default image (“Your logo here”) and you click the Apply to All button.

How to change an image after an image has already been applied
Once you have inserted your own image to a selected transition style, the image remains associated with that transition style. So, the subsequent time(s) you select that transition style and click the Apply or Apply to All button(s), the Insert Image dialog (Image 2) will not display. If you decide to insert a different image onto the selected effect, open the “Add 3D Transition” dialog and click the Options button. Then, follow the instructions in step 6 above.

Applying images when "Random Transitions" style has been selected
When the style selected (Image 1 – step 3) is Random Transition, the Options button will be in the disabled state. You must first click the Apply or Apply to All buttons to apply transition styles randomly. Then, select the “Add 3D Transition” command again to display the dialog box. If the random 3D transition style applied to the selected slide supports image insertion, you should then see the Options button enabled. Click on the Options button to change the image maps.

To change the image map for a single slide, select the slide, open the “Add 3D Transition” dialog, then click the option button and follow the instructions outlined in step 6-a.

To change the image map simultaneously for all the slides that have transition styles with editable images, select any slide, open the “Add 3D Transition” dialog and click the Options button. Then, follow the instructions outlined in step 6-b.

How to change images without changing the applied transition effects
a) For a single slide
Select the slide, open the “Add 3D Transition” dialog and click the Options button. Browse to select the image, then click the Apply button on the Insert Image dialog (Image 2). When the main transitions dialog displays (Image 1), click the Cancel button so that the transition style currently applied to the slide will not be affected.

b) For every slide in the presentation that have transition styles with editable images
Select one of the slides that has a transition style with an editable image, open the “Add 3D Transition” dialog, then click the Options button. Browse to select the image, then click the Apply to All button on the Insert Image dialog (Image 2). When the main transitions dialog displays (Image 1), click the Cancel button so that the transition style currently applied to the slide will not be affected.

   
5. How can I automatically run my PowerPlugs: Transitions enhanced presentation from CD?

When you have used PowerPlugs: Transitions, PowerPlugs: 3D Titles, and/or PowerPlugs: Video Backgrounds to enhance your presentation and you want to play your PowerPlugs-enhanced presentation on another computer, use the "Pack with Effects" command.

1. Open the 3D-enhanced presentation you want to pack.
2. Select Pack with Effects command which appears on the floating palette below. The equivalent command, “PowerPlugs: Pack with Effects” is also located in the PowerPoint File menu.



The following dialog box will display -

  • Select the 'maximum compatibility' option if you are unsure of the hardware and software specifications of the destination computer.
  • If you know that the destination computer has PowerPlugs: Video Backgrounds installed, then you can select the “minimum file size” option.
  • Select the 'Custom' option when you are very familiar with the specifications of the destination computer.

If you pick Custom, you will be asked to fill in this form:

If your presentation uses PowerPlugs: Video Backgrounds in addition to either PowerPlugs: 3D Titles or PowerPlugs: Transitions, the Custom option of Pack with Effects will ask additional questions about the destination computer (see dialog screenshot below).

Note: The destination system must have PowerPoint 2000 or later installed to play the PowerPlugs enhanced effects. If the destination computer does not have PowerPoint 2000 or later installed, the packed presentation will use PowerPoint's Viewer to playback the presentation rather than PowerPlugs Player (but the PowerPoint Viewer is unable to display PowerPlugs effects).

Answer the questions about the destination computer. (You can determine the DirectX version on a Windows PC by selecting Start, then Run, and type in “dxdiag”. The version will be listed on the System tab.) If the destination PC does not have PowerPlugs: Video Backgrounds installed, Pack with Effects will include the PowerPlugs Player and the appropriate background video files. If it does not have the correct version of DirectX, this will be packed.

When you have 3D effects such as PowerPlugs: Transitions or PowerPlugs: 3D Titles in your presentation, the following dialog box advises you of the graphics hardware requirements of the destination computer in order to play back the 3D effects in real time --

If you are using PowerPoint 2002 or earlier, you will then go through the PowerPoint Pack and Go wizard. Respond to each prompt; in most cases “Next” will be sufficient. Click the 'Finish' button. The following dialog box will display:

If you are using PowerPoint 2003, you will see the following two screens pop up and close automatically. Please do not try to click on them or try to fill in any information. PowerPlugs will automatically fill in the required information and then it will close the dialog boxes.

DO NOT change information in the following dialog boxes.


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DO NOT change information in these dialog boxes.
Pack with Effects intercepts these dialogs to route resources and elements pertinent to the presentation to a single location. This is done so that you will have all the necessary files centralized when you proceed with burning a CD, copying onto a ZIP drive, or sending the files to others so they can play your enhanced presentation on their computers.

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DO NOT change information in the dialog box pictured above.

If you are using PowerPoint 2002 and Pack with Effects, you may see the following dialog while this process is taking place.

Once the files have been placed in the location / folder you designated in the first Pack with Effects dialog, the packing process is complete and you can burn the contents of this folder onto a CD to play it on another computer. PowerPlugs Pack with Effects will display the following dialog and you can click the OK button to close it:

Once your presentation has been successfully packed, you will find the packed resource files in a subfolder, called 'extract' within the folder you selected to save and pack your 3D enhanced presentation. It is suggested that you select all the files within the extract subfolder and burn them directly onto CD. In other words, it is suggested that you do not burn the extract folder onto CD - only burn the files within that folder onto CD.
An "AutoRun.inf" program is automatically created using Pack with Effects. And, as long as this file (autorun.inf) is burned at the 'root level' of the CD (and not within any subfolders), when the CD is inserted in the CD-ROM drive, the Autorun program should automatically initiate the royalty-free PowerPlugs Player to launch the 3D-enhanced presentation.

Alternatively, you can use a USB-Flash drive or ZIP drive to copy the packed presentation files and send the presentation to others.
An "AutoLaunch.exe" program is included with the packed presentation resource files. Just double-click on AutoLaunch.exe to initiate the royalty-free PowerPlugs: Player to launch and play the 3D-enhanced presentation

Note: For optimal playback performance, rather than playing the 3D-enhanced presentation from CD or Flash/ZIP drive, consider copying all the files associated with the packed presentation into a folder on the destination computer's hard drive. Then, double-click on AutoLaunch.exe to launch the PowerPlugs Player to play your 3D-enhanced presentation.

 

 
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