Macworld 2011 session slides available for download

This year I had the privilege of presenting two sessions along with Richard Kmieciak from Microsoft as part of the MacIT conference at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Our second session was over about an hour ago and the Expo has concluded for the year.

Some folks have asked for the slides from the presentations, so below are the PowerPoint decks. While they are free for anyone to view, they are geared toward IT professionals . . .

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Trial for Office 2011 now available

Microsoft announced a full trial is now available at www.microsoft.com/mac/trial for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 (in multiple languages). Free to use for 30-days after download. The trial version is 14.0.1. You’ll need to update to 14.0.2 after installing,

The 2011 trial is live in North America and Europe, except for Germany. Trial will be available in Germany and Asia later today.

If you have purchased a non-English version but need the English version you . . .

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Manage Outlook contacts using AppleScript

Our contacts often share the same information. For example, we may know two or more people who work for the same company and share the same address, phone number and website. Invariably, as we add contacts, though, we sometimes enter slightly different information for each one. The first contact record may list a company name of “Microsoft” while a second lists “Microsoft Corporation”.

Using Outlook’s AppleScript capabilities, we can standardize this information in our contacts. . . .

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Insert Picture for PowerPoint 2011 Add-in now available for purchase

Jim Gordon, Mac MVP has announced a PowerPoint 2011 Add-in that lets you import a folder’s worth of pictures into PowerPoint. The Add-in is $20.

InsertPicture add-in for PowerPoint 2011 has the following features:

Insert, scale, and add an entry animation to a picture. Insert and scale an entire folder’s pictures, one per slide, or pile the folder’s pictures onto a single slide. Shortcut to the Visual Basic Editor. Shortcut to the Action Settings . . .

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Convert old Excel (.xls) files to standard (.xlsx) files

Mac MVP James Gordon has posted directions on how to convert old Excel (.xls) files to standard (.xlsx) files using Automator.

What does this converter do? You choose one (.xls) file, several (.xls) files, or an entire folder filled with (.xls) files and the converter will save a copy of each Excel file in standard open XML file format, better known as the “new” (actually more than 5 years old now) Excel (.xlsx) format. This . . .

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Convert old PowerPoint (.ppt) files to standard (.pptx) files

Mac MVP James Gordon has posted directions on how to convert old (.ppt) files to standard (.pptx) files using an Automator workflow.

What does this converter do?

You choose one (.ppt) file, several (.ppt) files, or an entire folder filled with (.ppt) files and the converter will save a copy of each PowerPoint file in standard open XML file format, better known as the “new” (actually more than 5 years old now) PowerPoint (.pptx) format. . . .

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Convert old Word (.doc) files to standard (.docx) files

Mac MVP James Gordon has posted directions on how to convert old Word (.doc) files to (.docx) files using an Automator workflow.

What does this converter do?

You choose one (.doc) file, several (.doc) files, or an entire folder filled with (.doc) files and the converter will save a copy of each Word file in standard open XML file format, better known as the “new” (actually more than 5 years old now) Word (.docx) format. . . .

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Archive your Outlook 2011 Exchange messages using OEAO

Softhing has released Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer (OEAO) for Outlook 2011. Entourage users can check out Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer.

Exchange users that have limits on how much mail can be left on the server should check out this handy application. It’s easy to setup and automate your backups.

This utility automatically moves old mail from your Outlook Exchange account to a replicated structure within Outlook local folders. You select how many days of mail . . .

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Using iPhoto ’11 with Outlook 2011

MacFixIt posted directions on how to fix iPhoto ’11 scripts to use with Outlook in this article Fix for e-mailing from iPhoto ’11 using Microsoft Outlook 2011.

[Update: Sending photos in Mountain Lion with iPhoto 9.4.1]