...but Still Look Like You're Working.
My favorite tool lately is Keynote. I'm on a one-woman mission to evangelize the Power Point heathens and spread the word of Keynote's total awesomeness.
I've been playing around with designing slides to look less, well, slide-like, and to mimic Prezi's cool feeling of lateral animation. It's a great way to create booktrailers without having to mess around with video or finding 1,000 images for Animoto.
Here's the result.
It's all in how you layout the images. They need to "bleed" off the edge, then you use a "Push" (not "Push Object!") transition. For example, in that opening logo, I bled the image halfway off the first slide, then matched it (in reverse) on the second slide. You can't really see it from the second image, but it IS the same picture, so you can tell it's bleeding off the edge, even if you can't see it. It took a bit of playing around to match them seamlessly, but not too much!
More importantly, it's a neat trick to teach students, when you're teaching presentations and slide design. Death to bullet points, I say!
(btw--I tried doing this in PP, and it doesn't work--though if you can figure out how to make it work there, let me know!)
Anyway, if you want to download the slides, to see how the rest of it went together, click here.