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Animated Icons in PowerPoint – Part 4

This is another in a series on animated icons – creating simple images and using animation to add impact.

Meters

In another post on meters, I suggested that meters (speedometers, thermometers, etc.) are useful symbols for change – improvement, increase, etc. Here are a few more examples:

Note: the meters in the earlier post operate with clicks; these appear and execute their animation automatically. Of course, you can change this.

The first meter is a simple audio (spectrum) analyzer. Each bar consists of two rectangles; the upper rectangle exits with a Wipe From Top, then enters with a Wipe From Bottom.  Each animation repeats several times:

meter1

The analyzer is made of built-in  shapes and consists of several “bars,” with the size of the rectangles varied,  and a case:

meter2

An easy way to create the analyzer is to create one pair of rectangles, with 6 animations, and duplicate 10 times. Then adjust the heights of the rectangles. The varying overlap creates variable delays in the visual effect. Here’s what the animation looks like:

meter3

A way to repeat groups of animations would make this simpler.

The next meter is a level meter showing a measured quantity rising to the “red” zone. Here’s the construction:

meter5

This meter consists of two parts: the dial and case, and the needle. A Block Arc (green outline) forms the red zone on the dial. A circle (blue) is grouped with the line to position the pivot point for the needle.

The animation is a series of Clockwise and Counterclockwise Spins applied to the needle group:

meter6

The “margin meter” also consists of two groups: the case, dial and label, and the needle group:

meter7

The animation also consists of a series of Spins.

The “thermometer” consists of a number of lines and Rounded Rectangles. The animation is a single Wipe From Bottom.

Cannons

Cannons with a firing animation can be used to indicate a salute or a conflict:


Like other icons in this series, the traditional cannon is made from built-in PowerPoint shapes.  The wheel is made from a Donut, a circle and elongated Hexagons for spokes:

cannon1

With our “corporate colors” for fill, this is the result:

cannon2

This, like the other icons in this series is relatively “flat” in appearance; this is acceptable for smaller versions of the icon but you might want to add more interest to a larger version.  You might think this would require more details.  However, using standard PowerPoint shapes as highlights and or shadows adds depth without a lot of effort.

The idea is to imagine the light coming from above so that highlights would appear near the top of objects (especially surfaces that may be shiny). Similarly, shadows would appear at the bottom.  Here’s a version of the cannon with highlights and shadows added:

cannon3

The version on the left shows the added shapes outlined in red and the one on the right shows the results without the outlines. Again, these are standard PowerPoint shapes and don’t require any hand drawing.

The animation consists of the cannon firing and then rolling backward due to the recoil. The muzzle flash is a Pie shape with a gradient fill (red outlines added for clarity):

cannon4

The flash Wipes From Right quickly (0.3 sec) and Disappears, followed by the wheels and cannon/carriage moving to the right while the wheel Spins (25 degrees).  See my earlier post for details of rolling vehicle animation. Here’s the animation pane:

cannon5

The construction of the more modern artillery piece is shown below; the lower image shows the added shadows:

cannon6

The muzzle flash is animated as before. Since this gun has a recoil mechanism, the barrel slides back and then returns more slowly to firing position. Here’s the animation pane:

cannon7

As usual, if you want a free copy of the PowerPoint file showing the construction and animation of these icons, use the link below and click on the PowerPoint icon to download a “source” PowerPoint file:

PowerPointy blog – animated icons 4

See this page for more on downloading files.

If you have questions, praise or complaints, please add a comment below. If you appreciate my efforts, liking or following this blog might be a good idea.

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Creating Animated “Meters” in PowerPoint (Updated with Videos)

A meter (a thermometer or speedometer, for example) can be a metaphor for indicating change.  Meters in presentations can show a change resulting from an action.  For example, this slide shows how employee performance can change customer satisfaction:

One advantage of a meter is that it can indicate qualitative change in a definite way.  Of course, if you have the numbers, the meter can show that too.

This post will show you how to construct a meter and animate it. The slide above is the result we want; each time a bullet appears, we want the meter to swing towards positive (three steps).

If you want to see how the satisfaction meter is constructed and animated along with some other examples of meters, see the end of this post and download a “source file.”

Here are the parts of the meter: a rounded rectangle for the “case,” a block arc for the window, and two circles for the range markers.

Use guidelines to align the meter parts.  Also, the block arc should be circular (equal height and width).  Use the shift key while creating or adjusting the block arc to keep it proportioned correctly.  Use the Format/Size pane to adjust the height and width if needed.

Now for the moving part – the needle.  Here we use a trick to set the center point for a rotating object: group the object with an invisible circle whose center point is the desired point of rotation.

The green circle and triangle below form the “needle group.” Again, use the guidelines to position the needle group at the center of the block arc.

I intentionally positioned the needle in the center position to make the next step easier: measuring the desired “swing” of the needle.  To do this, select the green handle and rotate the needle group (eyeball it) to the rightmost position.  Look at the Size and Position pane to determine the size of the rotation; in this case it requires a rotation of 54° to swing the needle group from the center position to the rightmost position.  So, the total swing is 2×54=108° (click on the picture for a larger version).

What’s the point of measuring the swing? Since we want the swing to happen in three steps, we now know that each step is 108/3=36°.

Here’s how to animate the meter: using the Size and Position panel, rotate the needle group by -54° – this is the starting position. Now apply animation to the group:  Spin Clockwise, 36°, On Click, Very Fast.  Use SlideShow mode to check the result.

Now, add two more steps (each animation will rotate the needle group from its last position so each Spin is 36°):

Now that you’ve got the mechanism working, make the meter more presentable. First, make the circle in the needle group invisible by setting Line Color to No line. Then, fill the needle (red) and the case (gray gradient)

Fill the window with white. Create text boxes for the minus and plus and group with the corresponding circle (the minus is 40 pts, the plus is 32 pts):

If you want, add 3D effects to give the meter more dimensionality:

For this effect, apply the Cross 3D bevel to the case,  the Soft Curve 3D bevel to the window and the Angle 3D bevel to the needle.

Now build the slide and sequence the animation (click on the picture for a larger version):

Each bullet starts On Click and the meter animation (Spin) Follows Previous (occurs immediately after the bullet).

Here are some other meter types:

Notes on these meters:

  • You can use red, yellow and green to indicate improvement.
  • Recalculate the swing to add more steps like the 4-step meter shown.
  • Use text on the meter face (percentages, etc.) to indicate the steps.
  • The slider types use a Motion Path for animation; you can use a three-color linear gradient for a multi-step slider .
  • The big dial versions provide more space to label the meter.
  • The thermometer uses several segments of color and Wipe from Bottom animation.
  • Use a semitransparent gray overlay (circles) to dim the bulbs in the light bar – Fade in or out to light and dim the bulbs.
  • You may want to use a “cable” to connect your meter to a text box or other object.

If you want to see how the  meters  are  constructed and animated or if you want to adapt them to your presentation,use the link below and click on the PowerPoint icon to download a free “source” PowerPoint file containing these objects:

Powerpointy blog – animated meters

See this page for more on downloading files.

If you have questions, praise or complaints, please add a comment below. If you appreciate my efforts, liking or following this blog might be a good idea.

Creating an Animated “Meter” Metaphor in PowerPoint

A meter (a thermometer or speedometer, for example) can be a metaphor for indicating change.  Meters in presentations can show a change resulting from an action.  For example, the performance of employees can change customer satisfaction.

One advantage of a meter is that it can indicate qualitative change in a definite way.  Of course, if you have the numbers, the meter can show that too.

This post will show you how to construct a meter and animate it. The slide above is the result we want; each time a bullet appears, we want the meter to swing towards positive (three steps).

An updated version of this post with videos showing the animations is here.

Here are the parts of the meter: a rounded rectangle for the “case,” a block arc for the window, and two circles for the range markers.

Use guidelines to align the meter parts.  Also, the block arc should be circular (equal height and width).  Use the shift key while creating or adjusting the block arc to keep it proportioned correctly.  Use the Format/Size pane to adjust the height and width if needed.

Now for the moving part – the needle.  Here we use a trick to set the center point for a rotating object: group the object with an invisible circle whose center point is the desired point of rotation.

The green circle and triangle below form the “needle group.” Again, use the guidelines to position the needle group at the center of the block arc.

I intentionally positioned the needle in the center position to make the next step easier: measuring the desired “swing” of the needle.  To do this, select the green handle and rotate the needle group (eyeball it) to the rightmost position.  Look at the Size and Position pane to determine the size of the rotation; in this case it requires a rotation of 54° to swing the needle group from the center position to the rightmost position.  So, the total swing is 2×54=108°.

What’s the point of measuring the swing? Since we want the swing to happen in three steps, we now know that each step is 108/3=36°.

Here’s how to animate the meter: using the Size and Position panel, rotate the needle group by -54° – this is the starting position. Now apply animation to the group:  Spin Clockwise, 36°, On Click, Very Fast.  Use SlideShow mode to check the result.

Now, add two more steps (each animation will rotate the needle group from its last position so each Spin is 36°):

Now that you’ve got the mechanism working, make the meter more presentable. First, make the circle in the needle group invisible by setting Line Color to No line. Then, fill the needle (red) and the case (gray gradient)

Fill the window with white. Create text boxes for the minus and plus and group with the corresponding circle (the minus is 40 pts, the plus is 32 pts):

If you want, add 3D effects to give the meter more dimensionality:

For this effect, apply the Cross 3D bevel to the case,  the Soft Curve 3D bevel to the window and the Angle 3D bevel to the needle.

Now build the slide and sequence the animation:

Each bullet starts On Click and the meter animation (Spin) Follows Previous (occurs immediately after the bullet).  If you want to see the animation, ask me for a copy of the PowerPoint file (see below).

Here are some other meter types:

Notes on these meters:

  • You can use red, yellow and green to indicate improvement.
  • Recalculate the swing to add more steps like the 4-step meter shown.
  • Use text on the meter face (percentages, etc.) to indicate the steps.
  • The slider types use a Motion Path for animation; you can use a three-color linear gradient for a multi-step slider .
  • The big dial versions provide more space to label the meter.
  • The thermometer uses several segments of color and Wipe from Bottom animation.
  • Use a semitransparent gray overlay (circles) to dim the bulbs in the light bar – Fade in or out to light and dim the bulbs.

Finally, you may want to use a “cable” to connect your meter to another object:

If you want to see more detail on how these meters are constructed and animated, use the link below and click on the PowerPoint icon to download a free “source” PowerPoint file containing these objects:

Powerpointy blog – animated meters

See this page for more on downloading files.

If you have questions, praise or complaints, please add a comment below. If you appreciate my efforts, liking or following this blog might be a good idea.

 


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