Here is a PowerPoint post from the official Microsoft Blog about using SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010:
by Erik Jensen – on May 16
We’re always looking for ways to improve our products and provide content that meets your needs. So today I’d like to introduce you to two brand new SmartArt graphics for Office 2010 — Hexagon Radial and Picture Frame.
Hexagon Radial is a new take on an old concept. Circular process diagrams are widely used, so we decided to create something familiar but with a different visual twist. The use of hexagons and trapezoids gives you a multi-step process with a central theme or title, but with a visual sharpness provided by the numerous corners and straight lines. We intentionally put a lighter color on the connecting trapezoid so that the focus remains on the text and not on the shapes themselves.
As we’ve seen the use of images in documents and presentations continue to rise, we wanted to provide a clean way to tie your text to your image without having to use traditional captions.
The Picture Frame layout accomplishes this by using an offset frame or border that binds the text to the image. This may present a challenge for you if the frame overlaps important content in the image. If that happens, I recommend using the Crop tool on the Picture Tools tab. With the image selected in your SmartArt graphic, clicking the crop tool allows you to move and resize your image without moving or resizing the shape containing the image.
I hope you enjoy using the new SmartArt graphics as much as we enjoyed making them and, as always, we welcome your feedback!”
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