I am a girl, but I am a geek
Warning: this post contains explicit details of my relationship my with soon-to-be ex.
I heart PowerPoint. I started using it when I was a student, I think around 1997. At that time most people didn’t know it existed, outside the business world.
At first I was shy, just writing a couple of key words on a few slides. Then I started falling in love and I wanted more – that’s how girls are. I got a glimpse of all its nice features: the transition effects, the sounds, even the programmed buttons and hyperlinks. We had passion. PowerPoint came along with me when I presented my thesis to the jury in college, and we did a great impression.
Then came corporate world, and I must say, if I am good at one thing in business, it is making presentation. That was so easy, with my beloved PowerPoint.
Everyone knew about us and our great relationship.
Event at home, when I switched to Mac 4 years ago, I couldn’t leave PowerPoint for Keynote. Keynote was nice, but it was just a fling.
Of course, people (hum, softwares) change, and PowerPoint was getting older, more mature, a bit different, but always the same old one I had always known.
Until recently. Maybe it’s mid-life crisis, but that much change came unexpected to me. I changed jobs in April, got a brand new PC, and there it was: PowerPoint 2007, all brand new.
At first I got curious about its new features: new templates that look young and professional. New styles and color sets.
But then came hell. I got used to the “office button” because it’s on every Office program and I had to deal with it. Still, I don’t like it much.
That ribbon idea, it got me confused. Where, oh where were my buttons and menus??
And then came the worse: things that I really liked in PowerPoint, things that were making my life easy, were gone. The drawing bar, gone. The selection pointer, gone. When I want to draw 10 lines, I need to go to the insert/shapes menu and click on the line button and draw ONE line and DO IT ALL AGAIN. That makes me crazy.
And I haven’t even tried to apply effects to objects or transitions between slides, yet.
I am telling you, PowerPoint and I, it’s over.
Thing is, we are going to have to keep on living together for a little while. I can’t
pay the rent do my job on my own without it.
I created a lens on Squidoo with a list of the webdesign resources I have collected these past months.
Feel free to visit, share, bookmark… I’ll be glad to add your favourites, too, if you post them on the comments.
Another couple of weeks, and I will be a certified webdesigner, it is really exciting.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
A light note to start the week-end…
I found this on Seth Godin’s blog and thought it was just brilliant, and really fun.
No need to be a geek, or spend a lot of money to create your own website!
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