Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to create and submit automated PowerPoint presentations for display on the college's plasma screens.
All slides must be created in 16:9 aspect ratio; otherwise they will stretch disproportionately to fit the plasma screen and thus will not be legible.
In the File > Page Setup menu, enter 16" for width and 9" for height.
The plasma screens target a passive, pedestrian audience, not a captive one.
Few viewers stop to watch the presentation, so your entire message should be terse and to the point and should not exceed one minute playing time.
A lot of text is daunting and few people will bother to read it.
Don't use text smaller than 24-point (30 if possible)
Only a few fonts are loaded on the computers that run the plasma screens. Stick with ubiquitous PC standards like Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana, Georgia, etc.
You may also use the official Texas A&M fonts which may be downloaded from the Shared Drive on the server: Frutiger, Frutiger Condensed and New Baskerville.
A photograph or appropriate graphic will attract attention and make your presentation more compelling.
Avoid using photo montages that clutter the presentation. One or two well selected images are better than a lot of small ones.
The density of imported graphics should not exceed 72 dpi.
The maximum vertical size should not exceed 9 inches at 72 dpi.
The maximum horizontal size should not exceed 16 inches at 72 dpi.
Imported background images should be 9" x 16" at 72 dpi.
No one is there to click through the slides.
The slides are easier to read when the elements are automated and introduced in sequence, rather than appearing all at once on a static slide.
This is especially true when a lot of text is utilized.
Remember, your audience is walking by the plasma screen, not sitting in front of it.
Advance elements rapidly.
You may use as many slides as required to convey your message.
You don't have to fit everything onto one slide.
Under Slide Show > Setup Show choose "Loop continuously until ESC"
Under Slide Show > Slide Transition controls, set transition and timing of each slide.
Under Slide Show > Custom Animation controls, set the animation and automation of individual slide elements such as text and graphics.
We can often make time to tweak a submitted plasma screen presentations, but cannot create them from scratch or completely automate static shows.
The more work that a slides needs, the longer it will take to post.