PowerPoint for Mac 2011 vs. PowerPoint for Mac 2008
As with any of the Office for Mac 2011 applications, the ribbon interface makes all the difference. However, with PowerPoint for Mac 2011 the ribbon interface has never been more useful. Although some may have criticized the whole idea behind the ribbon, in PowerPoint for Mac 2011, it makes for easily accessing all the features. The various ribbons available in PowerPoint for Mac 2011 are as follows:
- Slide Show
The new ribbon interface incredibly speeds up the process of creating tabs, especially as a template can already be chosen from an opening screen before the whole application loads. As creating slideshows is most of the time a purely visual occurrence, intended to impress (a group of) people, this method immediately boosts productivity and creativity as something already has been created when a new worksheet is opened.
This is also exactly what PowerPoint for Mac 2008 was missing, namely a logical working order. The floating toolbox, already mentioned earlier in the reviews for Word and Excel, present in PowerPoint for Mac 2008 often obscured a clear view of the working area and even shifted focus of the user from a slide to the tools. With PowerPoint for Mac, this is not an issue anymore and all the features are easily accessible in the ribbons, with no floating elements getting in the way and making the work more difficult than need be.
Another new, and rather nifty, new feature is the ability to visually rearrange the different graphical elements in a slide. This is especially helpful if order of appearance is of importance. This new feature is even fun to use and will again add to the creativity of the user. Obviously Microsoft has gotten the point of what PowerPoint should be about. All the new features and user interface alterations combined, PowerPoint definitely made the biggest leap forward out of all the Office for Mac applications.