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Five noteworthy PowerPoint add-ons

YawnBuster

Well, you gotta like the name, for starters. And as you can probably guess, YawnBuster is designed to interject a little life into your presentations -- via group activities, polls, brainstorming features, quizzes, and other audience participation ploys. It's slick and nicely designed. Once it's installed, you can access a menu of options from PowerPoint's Add-Ins tab, insert a Flash-based activity onto a slide, and then tweak the activity to suit your needs. The trial version I looked at was massively encumbered by nag screens, but the product potential outweighed that annoyance.

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Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.