RE: Best graphics format to import into Power Point

Subject: RE: Best graphics format to import into Power Point
From: "Jeroen Dekker" <jeroen -at- square1 -dot- nl>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 09:51:03 +0100

Unless I missed something, I'm a bit surprised that nobody clearly said something along the following lines:

- If you're talking about *raster images*, pick a format that works well (e.g. JPEG for photos, GIF or PNG for screenshots, etc.) and realize that they cannot be scaled without losing quality. Others on this list can, and did, address the many details involved.

* If you're talking about *vector graphics*, such as diagrams, technical illustrations, graphs (produced in apps like Illustrator, Visio, MATLAB, AutoCAD), make sure to keep them in a vector format. WMF and EMF are the obvious choices for PowerPoint. Doing so will enable your sales reps to scale them at will without losing quality. PowerPoint will simply render the drawing instructions again using the screen pixels it has available, and when printed the graphics will remain sharp.

My main point being: keep vector graphics in a scalable vector format. You can debate if that's a good thing, but your reps will then even be able to edit the graphics for their presentation.


Jeroen Dekker
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Subject: Best graphics format to import into Power Point
From: "Elizabeth O'Shea" <elizabeth -dot- oshea -at- virtualaccess -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 10:46:14 -0000
X-Message-Number: 1

Can the Power Point experts out there recommend the best graphics format for
images we import into Power Point. Ideally, we'd like sales reps to be able
to scale the images if possible. You can also tell me if letting them scale
images themselves is a bad idea.




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