Creating Amazing Presentations

  • Episode 270
  • November 20, 2012

Creating a professional looking cartoon-style presentation is now possible on a tight budget (even free) thanks to PowToon. See how it works on this week's show.

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This episode is sponsored in part by: Netflix, Eco Alkalines and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • {play 6:31}Robbie found a nice little MP3 player for your car that plugs directly into the lighter socket and sends the audio via FM transmitter.
  • {play 9:11}Feature: Creating amazing presentations using PowToon.
    • Creating a free PowToon account.
    • Accessing My Playground in PowToon.
    • Slideshows or self-playing movies; it's all possible with PowToon.
    • Changing the background on your PowToon presentation.
    • Adding characters and text to your PowToon canvas.
    • Flipping an object on your PowToon timeline.
    • Adding animations and transition effects to your PowToon presentation.
    • Shortening the slide length for your PowToon movie mode presentation.
    • Creating more slides in your PowToon presentation.
    • How to lay down an audio track and then import it into your timeline.
    • Sharing your PowToon presentation on social media like Twitter or Facebook, exporting directly to YouTube or saving an HD video file directly to your computer.
    • Using various themes for your PowToon presentations.
  • {play 28:53}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • {play 37:48}Viewer Questions
  • Viewer Question: Is there a Linux program to control USB ports, being able to enable or disable them?
  • Viewer Question: Is it possible to do a show on Debian Sid? Debian says it is unstable, but I've not found it to be unstable.
    • Viewer Submitted Video
    • What it means when Debian calls Sid "unstable".
    • Why Robbie wouldn't recommend the average or novice Linux user run an "unstable" distro.
  • Viewer Question: I tried using rsync to remove the source file once it has been sync'd to the other computer. Is there away to hide or move files once they are synced?
    • What rsync does.
    • What rdiff does.
  • Viewer Question: I like your having guests on Category5 TV to speak about a variety of topics. I find the show sometimes loses my interest if there aren't enough viewer questions, so could you do some Linux terminal tips when that happens? I'd love to see more how-to's.
  • Viewer Question: Why are there not Linux games like the ones on Windows?
    • Steam for Linux Unofficial Site:
    • Eighteen Linux Games in Synaptic Package Manager (From Episode 47): Watch it on
  • Viewer Question: How do you configure docky on Zorin OS?
    • Running the docky dockbar.
    • Making docky auto-start with your Linux desktop.
  • Prize Giveaway: 1 Year ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells


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