On 22/02/2013, Tom Fine wrote:
> I have some tips for anyone presenting at ARSC in KC, learned from
> both making presentations and also from hosting two conferences (and
> being the default A/V guy when anything hits the fan) for 20 years
> now. Free 2 cents from the battlefield ...
> 1. SLIDES -- keep your design simple. Keep your image files at screen
> resolution so they are small-sized and thus load quickly.
> 2. SLIDES -- AVOID embedded media. I know it's kinda kewl and I know
> that it's encouraged by the makers of the presentation software, but
> it's FRAUGHT WITH HEARTACHE. Ask the several people whose carefully
> embedded media didn't play at ARSC Rochester, thus spoiling
> presentations on which they had worked hard. Bring an AUDIO CD (Red
> Book) and a DVD disc for video. Make sure the conference AV
> coordinator know which or both kinds of media you are bringing, so the
> proper player(s) are set up for you.
> 3. SLIDES -- if you have the ability, save your final slides as PDF
> document (Adobe Acrobat). Why? Acrobat works better cross-platform,
> and your fonting will look exactly or closely like what you created.
> Fonts don't travel from platform to platform, so something made on a
> PC can look radically different on a Mac, and vice-versa. Furthermore,
> in my experience, presentation software doesn't travel seamlessly from
> PC to Mac and vice-versa. To Adobe's credit, Acrobat documents usually
> do work well cross-platform. Bring your presentation on a thumb drive
> (not a CDR -- what if you need to make last-minute changes), both in
> your original format and PDF. When you are presenting, use Acrobat or
> Acrobat Reader software. In the VIEW menu is the FULL SCREEN option.
> You then arrow-up/arrow-down to advance or reverse slides just like in
> PowerPoint. This is another strong argument NOT to embed video or
I completely agree about using PDFs for the visuals. It works reliably
on just about any computer.
I prepare the slides on a DTP program (Pagestream), but you can also use
the Acrobat editor (not the reader, the full editor) to make a PDF from
a bunch of images.
It is best to have both a CD and a memory stick. Belt and braces.
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