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What is a PowerPoint Add-in?

Thanks for visiting!  We’ve received a few inquiries from customers recently seeking to understand what our tools are so we thought it would be helpful to answer some common questions about “what” our tools are:

What is a PowerPoint Add-in?

PPT Productivity is a PowerPoint Add-in. An add-in is a way to extend the functionality of PowerPoint.  These are a ‘legitimate’ way to augment functionality – Microsoft even provides guidance about how to install add-ins on their website: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/add-or-load-a-powerpoint-add-in-3de8bbc2-2481-457a-8841-7334cd5b455f

(Please Note – when you download our free trial and/or purchase a license, our installer will typically automate the steps for you that they list in the link above – we’re sharing the link to highlight that add-ins are an approved way to access additional features).

Is an Add-in the same as a PowerPoint Macro?

Kind of.  Macros are used in the creation of an add-in – (when we created the first version of PPT Productivity we actually called it “Cool Macros”).

Why do I need a PowerPoint Add-in?

Most of our customers are working in Management Consulting, Investment Banking, Corporate Strategy or other roles where they create a lot of presentations in PowerPoint (the kind of roles where overtime is an unfortunate reality and any time saving opportunity is much appreciated!).   In these roles PowerPoint is often used to produce presentations as client deliverables.  PPT Productivity saves users time by streamlining creation and editing of presentations – for example with alignment shortcuts, a customizable shape/slide gallery, customizable color palette.   The key benefit of our tools is to enable you to save time creating polished presentations!

What is a Consulting PowerPoint Toolbar?

Because Consultants use PowerPoint so much, a number of management consulting firms have developed in house PowerPoint Toolbars (e.g. McKinsey BA Toolbar, Accenture QPT, Bain Toolkit).  Some consulting firms just customize the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) for their firm, while others have more extensive ribbons and functions (like ours!).   PPT Productivity was developed  initially with consultants in mind, but our tools are in use by Consultants, Strategy teams, Investment bankers and many other customers around the world.

Will PPT Productivity tools really save me time?

Yes we think so!  We offer a free 30 day trial so you can check it out for yourself (no credit card details required for the free trial download).

Looking for a Consulting PowerPoint Toolbar?

We created PPT Productivity Toolbars to make our lives easier because as consultants, we wanted time saving shortcuts to make it faster to create and ‘polish’ slides.  We also knew that making it easy to reuse slides and frameworks would save a lot of time!!  Our team came out of management consulting firms (BCG and Accenture alumni) where PowerPoint presentations are often the primary deliverable we give to a client.  We started sharing the original beta version (many years ago), got great feedback and PPT Productivity was born.  Today we sell our tools to consultants, strategy teams, investment banks, private equity (and more) around the world.  Our team is based in Australia and North America to support all time zones.

Our tools are not only for consultants but they were created with frequent PowerPoint users in mind.  So if that sounds like you, download the free trial today and check it out for yourself (no credit card details required for the free trial – we’re not sneaky, we think you’ll love our 100+ saving features if you don’t that’s okay!).  We also welcome any suggestions for new functions or shortcuts.

Did you know PowerPoint 365 has maps?

We’re busily working on some free galleries that we will make available on the website soon (e.g. Common slide layouts, Flags, Maps).  We were pleasantly surprised to recently find ‘maps’ in PowerPoint 365.  Hidden away in the ‘charts’ section of standard PowerPoint is a world map, linked back to Excel for some neat customizing.  It’s great for data overlay type slides but  overcomplicated if you’re just looking for more basic maps.

PowerPoint doesn’t exactly make it intuitive (look in their help file for ‘Create a Map Chart ‘).  Googling for assistance we also found a good overview article from the folks at Bright Carbon: https://www.brightcarbon.com/blog/create-editable-powerpoint-maps/.