How to Sync PowerPoint Presentations to Apple TV 3 for Watching on HDTV

Posted By Dupont on August 16, 2012
in Special Focus

Apple TV

Apple TV is a digital media receiver developed by Apple Company. It is a network appliance designed to play content from iTunes Store, Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, iCloud, etc. onto a high-definition widescreen TV. With the help of iTunes, Mac and Windows users can also sync their media files on computer to watch on TV.

Apple TV 3 is the newest version, which added support for playing movies and TV shows from iTunes in 1080p. With this stunning device, you can enjoy everything you want on your HDTV wirelessly, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and sports/game videos.

Have you considered that this tiny thing could be your great help for PowerPoint presentation too? Sync your PowerPoint presentation to large-screen TV so that you don’t need to bring your laptop with you all the time. Because PowerPoint formats (.ppt, .pps, .pptx, .ppsx) are not supported by Applet TV 3 actually, so we need to convert PowerPoint to Apple TV supported video formats first.

First let’s check out what video formats Apple TV 3 supports:

  • H.264 video: up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • MPEG-4 video: up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • Motion JPEG (M-JPEG): up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

In short, we can say Apple TV support M4V, MP4 and MOV file format in H.264, MPEG-4 codec. After you have transformed PowerPoint to video, it’s time to sync it to Apple TV 3 using iTunes.

How to sync PowerPoint video to Apple TV:

Apple TV 3 Sync

  • 1. Download and install the iTunes on your PC.
  • 2. Connect the new Apple TV 3 to your computer via an Ethernet cable.
  • 3. Select “Sources” on Apple TV 3’s main menu and select syncing from the sources menu. Then activate Apple TV 3 with your password.
  • 4. Go to iTunes; select the Apple TV 3 from the Devices list.
  • 5. Enter password to iTunes to connect Apple TV 3 with your computer. Then you can sync the exported PowerPoint videos from iTunes to Apple TV 3. Apple TV 3 has 8GB internal storage that could hold hundreds of PowerPoint videos at the same time.

How to convert PowerPoint to Apple TV 3 video:

  • Step 1: Free download and install Moyea PPT to Video Converter on your computer. Click “Add” to import source PowerPoint files.
  • Step 2: Click “Profile” frame to choose output video format for Apple TV 3. The converter is embedded with profile customized for Apple TV devices; just choose one from the “Apple TV” category.
  • PowerPoint to Apple TV 3

  • Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio and video size.
  • PowerPoint to Apple TV 3

  • Step 4: When the settings are OK, you can press “Start” to convert PowerPoint to Apple TV 3 now. During the conversion, you can preview the output video in real time.
  • PowerPoint to Apple TV 3

After the conversion, you can sync/copy PowerPoint videos to the Apple TV 3 via iTunes and then enjoy PowerPoint presentations on HDTV as you wish easily.

Aug 16th, 2012
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Microsoft Office 2013 Supports ODF 1.2, Strict Open XML and PDF Editing

Posted By Dupont on August 15, 2012
in Special Focus

ODF

It is true that anything related to Microsoft Office will become big news to millions of Office users all over the world. Three years after the release of Microsoft Office 2010, the new Office 2013 has been officially announced in July 16 with lots of new features like new Metro UI, add online picture and video directly, saving PowerPoint as MP4 video. The recent Office 2013 news indicates that Microsoft will add support for ODF 1.2, Strict Open XML documents and PDF editing.

ODF, short for Open Document Format, is a file format specification created by OASIS, an industry standards group. Its purpose is to create a set of standardized file formats that is XML-based, achievable, not written specifically for any specific vendor’s products, and can be freely implemented by anyone. The newest OpenDoument 1.2 was approved as an OASIA standard on September 29, 2011, featuring RDF-based formula, a spreadsheet formula based on OpenFormula, support digital signatures and other features suggested by the public.

Microsoft Office 2013

The most common filename extensions used for OpenDocument documents are:

.odt and .fodt for word processing (text) documents

.ods and .fods for spreadsheets

.odp and .fodp for presentations

.odb for databases

.odg and .fodg for graphics

.odf for formulae, mathematical equations

ODF formats are the default formats of open-source Office programs like OpenOffice, LibreOffice, etc. The support of ODF 1.2 makes transferring OpenDocument files to Office 2013 seamlessly possible. Although Office 2010 did offer support for reading Strict Open XML documents, only Office 2013 will deliver full support for Open XML, with write capabilities packed inside. That means users can save ODP as PPT format for Microsoft PowerPoint, PowerPoint users can now save PPT/PPTX as ODP format for OpenOffice too.

Microsoft Office 2013 ODF

You know since Microsoft Office 2010, users can save PowerPoint/Word/Excel as PDF format. Now there is also the PDF Reflow feature that Microsoft has packed inside Office 2013, through which users can open PDF files as editable office documents. This capability does not necessarily turn Office 2013 into a PDF editor or reader, but it is meant to provide users with the possibility to access content in PDF files in an editable form through the use of Word 2013.

Aug 15th, 2012
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Back to School 2012: Best Educational iPhone Apps

Posted By Dupont on August 14, 2012
in Back To School

Back to School

Besides the useful functions your iPhone serves and the entertainment it provides, you may wonder can the iPhone do some real business for your good. Well, in this back to school season, we will share some great educational iPhone apps that you should know.

I. iPhone Apps for learning

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

1. Dr. Seuss’s ABC

Price: $3.99

Support: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Dr. Seuss’s ABC combines Dr. Seuss’s colorful, zany ABC book with audio narration, background music and interactive reading features. Kids can listen to the story and read along; each word is highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. They can also tap a picture to hear the word spoken and see it shown on the screen, helping early readers make the association.

Zoo Train

2. Zoo Train

Price: $ 1.99

Support: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Zoo Train introduces a fun way for kids to learn topics like letters, word recognition, matching patterns, solving puzzles, and identifying shapes with two happy symbols: animals and trains. Kids will enjoy the illustration and animations, original music and intuitive game play together with the animals on train.

Grammar Guide

3. Grammar Guide

Price: $0.99

Support: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

After the whole season of play and apart from school, your kids’ grammar and spelling skills may have dropped off now. The Grammar Guide provides quick reference of general rules, helpful hints and reference for using grammar in your day-to-day writing. It is the perfect solution for your kids to make up for the back to school time.

II. iPhone apps for School Management

iStudiez Pro

1. iStudiez Pro

Price: $0.99

Support: iPhone and iPad

School is a dizzying mix of activity and let this iStudiez Pro to help manage all your school activities in order. This iPhone app allows parents, students and teachers to keep track of agendas, deadlines, grades, homework, tests and more with its scheduling tools and notification system. So no matter your children are in elementary school, high school or college, this award-winning app can keep them organized and on target.

iHomework

2. iHomework

Price: $0.99

Support: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Another very helpful paperless organization app for students, iHomework allows you to keep up-to-date with your homework assignments, projects, reading lists, schedule, teacher contact information and more.

Office² HD

3. Office² HD

Price: 7.99

Support: iPad

Office² HD enables users to open, view, create and edit Word (.doc & .docx), Excel (.xls & .xlsx) and PowerPoint (.ppt & .pptx) files right on your iPad. With it students can straightly view the school PowerPoint presentations on iPad. Perfect tool for reviewing the school teaching materials!

BTW, to view PowerPoint presentations on your iPhone or iPad with all the original elements and effects including pictures, texts, sound, video clips, animations and transitions, you should convert PowerPoint to video instead.

Aug 14th, 2012
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How to Convert PPS File to PPT Format

Suppose you received a PowerPoint presentation and want to know how the amazing animations were made or want to use the great PowerPoint template on your own PowerPoint presentation. The question is that the PowerPoint presentation is in PPS format and we cannot edit PPS file directly. So the guide below will show you how to convert PPS to PPT, change PPS to PPT format.

What is PPS format?

PPS is PowerPoint Show file format. It contains all PowerPoint elements like pictures, texts, sound, video clips and dynamic effects like animations and transitions. Open the PPS file and it will play PowerPoint presentation directly and you cannot edit the content.

How to Save PPT as PPS?

To save PPT as PPS format is very easy. Click “File” > “Save As” and choose “PowerPoint Show” as output format in the pop up window. Then you will get the PowerPoint file in PPS format.

Save PPT as PPS

How to Convert PPS to PPT?

Someone say you can directly change the file extension “.pps” to “.ppt”, but it doesn’t always work, especially on PowerPoint 2007 and later, when PowerPoint formats have been upgraded to PPTX, PPSX, etc.

A general way, which works on all PowerPoint versions, to convert PPS to PPT format is actually rather simple. Make sure the PPS PowerPoint file is saved on a location you can easily find.

Now open Microsoft PowerPoint. PowerPoint is usually found by accessing the “Start” menu and selecting “All Programs“, and then the “Microsoft Office” folder.

In PowerPoint, go to the “File” menu and select “Open” from the drop-down list. Then browse to the location of the saved PPS file and open it in PowerPoint program.

Convert PPS to PPT

Then you will see the PPS file be opened just like any other PPT file. You can edit it now, change picture, insert music or jump to any slide, etc.

Convert PPS to PPT

Now it’s only one step ahead to convert PPS to PPT format. Go to “File” > “Save As” and choose “PowerPoint Presentation” as output format in the pop up window. Click “Save” button and the original PPS file has now been saved to your computer as a PPT file.

Additionally, if you want to share your PPS presentation on YouTube with other people, Moyea PPT to Video Converter will help you to convert PPS to AVI with all original PowerPoint effects.

Aug 14th, 2012
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3 Methods to Watch PPT Files on Mac without PowerPoint Tool

Want to watch PowerPoint presentation on Mac and find it is not actually supported? This paper will share with some good ways to watch PPT files on Mac without PowerPoint installed.

As you know Mac is the featured computer brand of Apple. It is running with Mac OS system, which is based on UNIX operating system. Normally Mac OS system cannot be transplanted to other computers because Mac OS system has specially optimization for Mac computers like MacBook Pro, MacBook Air.

Actually Microsoft Office has both Windows and Mac version, but how to view PowerPoint on Mac if PowerPoint for Mac is not installed?

1. View PowerPoint online

There are 2 kinds of websites that allows you to watch PowerPoint in cloud. All you need is Internet connection and a web browser on your Mac computer. Google Docs and SlideShare are the representatives for its group.

Google Docs:

Google Docs

Google Docs is a free online Office application which provides not only PowerPoint, but also other office functions like Work, Excel, Database, etc. You can upload PowerPoint to Google Docs for sharing with public, or download Google Docs presentation to local drive for playing with Microsoft PowerPoint at school. Recently, Google Docs has been integrated into Google Drive for better online storage and sharing.

SlideShare:

SlideShare

SlideShare makes it possible to share PowerPoint presentations online without converting PowerPoint to video. You can directly upload PowerPoint document to SlideShare to be shown as slideshow of pictures. SlideShare stands out because of its image quantity and quality from many other such PowerPoint sharing websites.

2. Convert PowerPoint to PDF

Viewing PDF document is very easy on Mac. Preview is Apple’s free PDF viewer, built into OS X. Preview has quite a few features often only found in commercial PDF software, like the ability to drag and drop pages between documents, page extraction, encryption, and text annotation. You can also get Adobe Rader to view PDF on Mac, but it is not free.

To convert PowerPoint to PDF for free, you can directly upload PowerPoint to online-convert.com.

Online-Convert

3. Convert PowerPoint to QuickTime movie

By converting PowerPoint to QuickTime movie, you can view PowerPoint on any Mac computer freely. The advantage is that it can well maintain the original animations, videos, pictures and even special effects. Because the PowerPoint to video converter can only run on Windows computer, so this method applies only for people who want to send their PPT files to other people using Mac.

PowerPoint to QuickTime

Simply in 3 steps you can transfer PowerPoint to QuickTime movie: import PowerPoint files, choose QuickTime as output format and export converted PowerPoint movie.

Do you have any other ideas on how to play PowerPoint on Mac with no PowerPoint tool installation?

Aug 12th, 2012
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