Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Panning, panoramas, and powerpoint?

I've got a question for visualization gurus. (Or, well, anyone better at Powerpoint than I am, which is probably everyone. I still like slide projectors.)

Is there a good way to use a panorama in Powerpoint? Anything that can allow you to pan from one side of the image to another, or to zoom in to particular spots? (Ron, have you used gigapan images in Powerpoint, or do you normally open them in a separate file during class presentations?)


Callan Bentley said...


I have figured out how to pan in powerpoint from side-to-side, and I would imagine you could zoom too. If you want, I'll email you the version I pan-ified and you can reverse engineer it for your images.


Kim said...

Callan: I'll send you an e-mail.

Ron Schott said...

Ironically, I was away at an NAGT Workshop on Visualizations when this was posted.

I wish I had a good answer for you, Kim, but I rarely use PowerPoint. It's kind of an accident of my web-native background (my first web pages were designed for the Mosaic browser) that I've been delivering lectures via the web, hand coded in HTML, since before I knew PowerPoint existed. Since I never really found anything that PowerPoint could do that I couldn't already do on the web I never bothered to learn PowerPoint. Nonetheless, I'd be interested to know how you solved this, Callan - share with all of us!

I don't know if this sort of thing might be possible in Google Presentations since it's a web-native format, but if I get a little free time this weekend I'll try to experiment.

Matt Uyttendaele said...

I just posted some instructions for Windows PowerPoint users here: