presentation graphics software

J Preiss--Seq Anal preissj at CLVAX1.CL.MSU.EDU
Tue Dec 22 22:38:00 EST 1992


I am thinking of buying a presention graphics software package.  I currently
use microsoft powerpoint for making slides for presentations.  It is nice
for poping text and data in and out of other microsoft applications, but
it is a bugger to output.  It requires a heavily beefed up laser print ot
get printouts, and I can't get it to give me files that can be read by
a laser film etching device.  Microsoft is no help, they just tell me to 
convince the organizers of scientific meetings to switch to on screen 
presentations instead of journals and slide presentations.
	I once saw Aldus persuasion demonstrated on a mac, but I've heard
that it's hard to learn on IBM and not as powerful.
	Some of the computer rags are touting Lotus freelance as a better
alternative.
	Many other people in my lab use an old version of slidewrite for
it's great power for making graphs of enzyme data, but have no idea if it
is any good for presentation graphics.  They never use that part of the
program.  I have heard that there is a new version out that works on 
windows and is a competitor with powerpoint and persuasion and still has
all the great data graphing and computational power that we find so useful.

	Has anyone used the latest version of Slidwrite, does it run in 
windows, is it any good, is it really a competitor with persuasion?
	Does anyone have any recomendations regarding this question?

	For the record, we are a biochemistry lab with modest needs for 
fancy presentation styles, but we all want to look good for job interviews.
Most of us prefer to work in IBM mode.  Those still using Macs still prefer 
to hand draw all slides and graphs, they are not exactly the computer concious
side of the lab.  The program I need must be for IBM type machine.

			Thanks in advance.

			Dr. Leonard N. Bloksberg
			PreissJ at clvax1.cl.msu.edu
			Dept. of Biochemistry
			Michigan State University






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