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Add oomph to PowerPoint presentations

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Innovative software is helping to make dull PowerPoint presentations a thing of the past.

Three tools to keep handy when you’re creating slides:

1. PowerPoint Twitter Tools. Use this suite of tools by SAP to incorporate Twitter into a presentation.

Cool way to use it: Create a Twitter “feedback” slide for your presentation. The slide contains a number of quote bubbles, which automatically fill with the latest tweets for whatever search term you enter.

Cost: Free; Click on PowerPoint Twitter tools.

2. Poll Everywhere. Survey your audience in real time with a slide from the Poll Everywhere site.

Cool way to use it: Ask the audience a question, then see results appear as audience members text or tweet responses.

Cost: Free for audiences up to 30;

3. Fotolia. Tired of overused clip art? This site gives you easy access to more than 12 million stock images.

Cool way to use it: Install Fotolia software so you can search for photos, preview, then buy them—all while you’re still in PowerPoint.

Cost: $1.20 to $20 per image;

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