Five noteworthy PowerPoint add-ons

Office Timeline 2010

Office Timeline 2010, also designed for PowerPoint 2007/2010, lets you create schedules and timelines for project planning and tracking purposes. The big selling point with this one is simplicity, both in building a timeline and in interpreting what's represented on it. And oh yeah, it's also free.

When you launch PowerPoint after installing Office Timeline, it will display a tutorial slide show that runs through the Timeline basics, followed by a series of useful sample timelines. It's worth buzzing through the tutorial just to get a sense of what you can do with the tool -- everything from event planning to waterfall development to a product launch schedule.

Like PowerMockup, the Office Timeline tool adds a tab to the PowerPoint Ribbon. To create a timeline, switch to this tab and click New to launch the New Timeline Wizard. After you've created your timeline, you can use the tools on the Timeline tab to fine-tune it. The results are bright, splashy, and easy to read.

About Jody Gilbert

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 features editor for Tech Pro Research.

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