Presentation authoring is dead simple in PowerPoint. It definitely has its merits. But have you ever noticed that most presentations are similar, and frankly boring.
Ever wondered if Excel itself could be used to make a graphical presentation?
I decided to make this presentation to test the idea. It uses one chart and one text box for the entire show. The slides are advanced with a scroll control and thus no VBA is required or used.
I can tell you that its not as easy as PowerPoint and there are no fancy transitions (most of which are worthless, in my opinion).
But there are some advantages as well.
The presentation can be more interactive. Excel has much better charting facilities. No kludgey OLE linking needed for dynamic charts. And in the end it's not that difficult, especially if you follow the strategies promoted here at excelhero.com.
Each slide is drawn from values in a state machine using named formulas for the heavy lifting.
I chose to make the presentation about Robert Sacks's Number Spiral
, a fascinating topic to be sure, with some very interesting math. Robert was most kind in allowing me to do so.
For an enlightening experience, please download the workbook and let me know what you think!
--- UPDATE ---
Now you can watch a slide show
if you don't have Excel 2007.
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