PowerPoint Plex (or pptPlex) is an impressive extension for PowerPoint 2007 that gives you the power to zoom in and out of slide sections and move directly between slides that are not sequential in your presentation.
Stuart Ball recently described this to me on a bus and I instantly replied that, ‘this would be fantastic for revision’.
Using resources that I had already created (sorry about the Comic Sans – I made the originals a few years ago!). I created one large PowerPoint presentation (which I acknowledge is highly text heavy) and made it into one long presentation.
Then (after downloading pptPlex) I used Plex to divide up the presentation into section and create and master background slide. The result is fairly impressive for very little work!
When the presentation plays in ‘slide view’ mode you can click on any of the groups of slides to see any part of the presentation. If you click on any of the slides you will zoom in and view that particular slide. You can also move to the next slide by pressing the normal cursor (or enter) key to advance the presentation. Most importantly you can zoom in or out of the presentation using the mouse scroll wheel which allows you to pick a new part of the presentation to explore.
I’ve created a short movie of my pptPlex Atmosphere revision presentation in action – it jumps around a bit but will give you an idea of some of the features and functionality of Plex.
You can really see how this sort of technology would be fantastic in conjunction with Microsoft Surface. Let’s hope that Plex continues to be developed to allow embedded movies and slide animations to really work at their full potential. Lets also hope that future developments will allow an export of the presentation to photozoom or other similar product.