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Technology Review: 123PPT VBP

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PowerPoint Slide with 123PPT Video Background

123PPT.com, a long-time supplier of PowerPoint resources (templates, backgrounds, photos, fonts, sound effects, music), recently released the 123PPT Video Backgrounds PowerPoint Add-In, a PowerPoint plug-in that allows you to insert full screen video backgrounds into your PowerPoint presentations, and a corresponding standalone player—the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player (VBP).

While it is a PC-only application, it works with almost every version of PowerPoint (2000, 2002, XP, 2003, and 2007). The add-in allows you to insert videos into the background of your slides and the standalone player allows others to play your creations without having to install the add-in.

Cost

The standard and deluxe versions of the add-in cost $149.95 and $249.95, respectively. The major difference between the standard and deluxe versions (and this is a big one) is that with the standard version you have to use video backgrounds from 123PPT. To be able to put your own movies in the background of your presentations, you must shell out the big bucks for the deluxe version. If you want to try it out, you can download a fully functional (but watermarked) trial version that works for 14 days. The standalone player, is, as you would expect, free.

Setup123PPT Toolbar

The setup is easier than most PowerPoint add-ins as the installer does all the work for you (no navigating to the folder where the add-in is saved). It creates a 123PPT Video Backgrounds PowerPoint Add-In toolbar (in PowerPoint 2007 it adds a tab to the ribbon) which is your key to both inserting videos and playing presentations with video backgrounds.  It will also install the standalone player on your machine and create a shortcut to it on your desktop.

How It Works

123PPT Wizard

Clicking on the Insert Video Background button launches a wizard that guides you through the process of inserting the videos.  It allows you to choose which videos you want, which slides you want them on, how fast they play and whether you want to color them by using what they call a “backdrop” (which is a colored overlay of varying transparency—the gray area in the image at the top of this post was created as a backdrop).

Once you have your videos inserted, you have to click on one of the two play buttons on the 123PPT toolbar to launch the presentation and see your videos (simply clicking on the regular Slide Show button in PowerPoint will launch the presentation but not play the videos).

Pack-n-Play

If you have every worked with video in PowerPoint, you will know that sharing files that have videos in them can be a pain. In order to keep links to videos in tact so that they play for your intended recipient, you must perform file management acrobatics (putting the video in a nearby folder, making sure that the path name isn’t too long, and other time-consuming steps).

The 123PPT Video Backgrounds Add-In has a nifty Pack feature which allows you to package your presentations for easy distribution to friends and colleagues via email, vpn, Internet, or internal network. It creates a self-extracting .exe file that can be sent to others (assuming their email will allow .exe files). When they double click on the file, it will unpack several items including the PowerPoint file, a folder containing the videos and a self-playing .vbd file. Assuming your recipient has the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player, they can click on the .vbd file and it will play just fine. This is a great time-saving feature if you plan to share these files a lot.
Files in Self-Extracting .EXE File

Other Thoughts

  • As mentioned above, the standard version of the add-in only allows you to use video backgrounds from 123PPT. These videos have to be purchased from 123PPT.com. They have collections of sports, finance, spiritual, and swirly motion graphic background videos. Each collection costs $99.95 and contains 12 different video backgrounds. If you don’t have the means to create your own videos, perhaps this is an option for you.
  • As opposed to other video-in-PowerPoint solutions, you CAN put graphics and text over the video background. This is really great and opens up lots of possibilities. We did notice though that if you create a transparent box and put it over the background, it will not display as transparent when the file is launched.  But, you can use the little known “fill with background” feature in PowerPoint to create some nice effects.
  • This add-in will only play the videos full-screen. There is no option for re-sizing the video.  So, if you want the video to play at any size other than full-screen, you may need a different solution. Perhaps embedding a .swf of your video might be better for your particular needs.

A Word of Caution

This technology, while very cool, can easily be used for evil.  It is not a good idea to just throw motion backgrounds into your presentation. This add-in is best for a very subtle in-slide motion, motion on a splash screen, or a special one-off video slide. We do not recommend adding swirly moving backgrounds to every slide in your presentation.  While 123PPT claims that this is “the future of PowerPoint,” that kind of distracting element will actually diminish your effectiveness as a presenter. People will either be distracted by the background or be lulled into some sort of hypnotic state by the constant movement on the slides.

Remember the principles of slide:ology. The most important thing in the room is the audience. The second most important thing is the speaker and how he/she can help the audience. The least important thing in the room is the presentation. When utilizing this kind of technology, be careful not to crazy-up your presentation to the point where they no longer pay attention to you.

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  • Nice…
    Only that’s not such an amazing new.
    Crystal Graphics (Sta. Clara CA) already did the same a couple of years ago with “PowerPlugs:Video Backgrounds”. You can get it in a PowerPlugs Combo for $599, along with a lot of other add-ins, flash inserter, special fx transitions, 3D animated titles, royalty-free images, templates, music, etc.

    • Miguel,

      True! This is not the first company to do this. Instant Effects allowed you to do this a few years ago as well. This is one of the many options out there (there seem to be more and more each year). Thanks so much!

  • Nice…
    Only that’s not such an amazing new.
    Crystal Graphics (Sta. Clara CA) already did the same a couple of years ago with “PowerPlugs:Video Backgrounds”. You can get it in a PowerPlugs Combo for $599, along with a lot of other add-ins, flash inserter, special fx transitions, 3D animated titles, royalty-free images, templates, music, etc.

    • Miguel,

      True! This is not the first company to do this. Instant Effects allowed you to do this a few years ago as well. This is one of the many options out there (there seem to be more and more each year). Thanks so much!

  • Dalin

    The potential for evil is so great, I’m not even sure it would be worth it. People would either be staring at your mystical video presentation and not paying attention to you, or getting sea sick trying to pay attention to you while your presentation keeps doing high flying acrobatics.

  • Dalin

    The potential for evil is so great, I’m not even sure it would be worth it. People would either be staring at your mystical video presentation and not paying attention to you, or getting sea sick trying to pay attention to you while your presentation keeps doing high flying acrobatics.

  • Dalin,

    The question is not “potential for evil”, the question is choosing and using those FX in a way that adds but doesn’t distract. Of course it takes talent and know-how to achieve.

    Don’t TvNews use it? Does it distract the viewer from the news?

    Another question is, if some people’s brains can’t deal with processing multiple information at the same time, it’s ther problem, it should!

    And please, don’t wave with Medina’s “Brain Rules”, since some of those principles are nothing but a misleaded bunch of crap!

  • Dalin,

    The question is not “potential for evil”, the question is choosing and using those FX in a way that adds but doesn’t distract. Of course it takes talent and know-how to achieve.

    Don’t TvNews use it? Does it distract the viewer from the news?

    Another question is, if some people’s brains can’t deal with processing multiple information at the same time, it’s ther problem, it should!

    And please, don’t wave with Medina’s “Brain Rules”, since some of those principles are nothing but a misleaded bunch of crap!

  • sorry… “…their problem…”

  • sorry… “…their problem…”

  • Bruce Couch

    Seems to me that this should be an embarrassment to Microsoft that in this day and age one cannot do this in the stock app. You cannot even put objects on top of a video in the stock app. And they wonder why the market share keeps getting chipped away.

    I have high hopes for the next version and that this plug-in will be rendered useless. Unfortunately they have been quite a disappointment in the past several years.

  • Bruce Couch

    Seems to me that this should be an embarrassment to Microsoft that in this day and age one cannot do this in the stock app. You cannot even put objects on top of a video in the stock app. And they wonder why the market share keeps getting chipped away.

    I have high hopes for the next version and that this plug-in will be rendered useless. Unfortunately they have been quite a disappointment in the past several years.

  • David Samson

    I just wanted to say. Many thanks for this link and review.

    I’ve been using the Crystal Graphics solution for a very long time and I’ve had nothing but problems. It crashes my machine. It actually even made me have to reinstall Office at one point and the play back results are terrible. Every presentation distorts when its played back.

    I downloaded, installed and tried the 123PPT application and well…to be completely frank and honest. I think it’s an amazing product!

    The text renders absolutely crystal clear and a really great feature which you never mentioned in your review is when playing back the presentation using the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player you can actually switch to Windows Mode and scale my presentation to ant size i wanted.

    I found this invaluable.

    I was able to keep my presentation running whilst opening a browser to show my audience a website at the same time as keeping the presentation on screen!

    This was never an option with Crystal Graphics you had to ALT-Tab to switch to a browser and then the whole machine bascially slowed down or stopped.

    The solution from 123PPT is a massive advancement in “televsion style” presentations. I’ve been doing them for a long time now and as Miguel.M also noted when used correctly the effects are extremely good.

    The potential for evil has always been there for any software application. Birthdays made in Adobe Photoshop. Homesites and web pages made through wizard web apps.

    It’s not a question of the potential for evil friends. It’s a question of harnessing the power for good.

    The easiest thing in the world is to put in a video clip and expect that it will be great. But refining, and using the colour and transparency controls of the 123PPT Add-In is where the real skill is. I found them ridiculously simple to use that I actually had fun!

    The key to any good presentation is subtlety. Not too many colours. Not too much text on each slide. Not too many slides. And there’s no difference with using video backgrounds. Subtlety is the key to creating a really great looking presentation and with the 123PPT product I’ve been able to do things I have been dreaming of for far too long with other market offerings.

    So its a big BIG thumbs up from me!

  • David Samson

    I just wanted to say. Many thanks for this link and review.

    I’ve been using the Crystal Graphics solution for a very long time and I’ve had nothing but problems. It crashes my machine. It actually even made me have to reinstall Office at one point and the play back results are terrible. Every presentation distorts when its played back.

    I downloaded, installed and tried the 123PPT application and well…to be completely frank and honest. I think it’s an amazing product!

    The text renders absolutely crystal clear and a really great feature which you never mentioned in your review is when playing back the presentation using the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player you can actually switch to Windows Mode and scale my presentation to ant size i wanted.

    I found this invaluable.

    I was able to keep my presentation running whilst opening a browser to show my audience a website at the same time as keeping the presentation on screen!

    This was never an option with Crystal Graphics you had to ALT-Tab to switch to a browser and then the whole machine bascially slowed down or stopped.

    The solution from 123PPT is a massive advancement in “televsion style” presentations. I’ve been doing them for a long time now and as Miguel.M also noted when used correctly the effects are extremely good.

    The potential for evil has always been there for any software application. Birthdays made in Adobe Photoshop. Homesites and web pages made through wizard web apps.

    It’s not a question of the potential for evil friends. It’s a question of harnessing the power for good.

    The easiest thing in the world is to put in a video clip and expect that it will be great. But refining, and using the colour and transparency controls of the 123PPT Add-In is where the real skill is. I found them ridiculously simple to use that I actually had fun!

    The key to any good presentation is subtlety. Not too many colours. Not too much text on each slide. Not too many slides. And there’s no difference with using video backgrounds. Subtlety is the key to creating a really great looking presentation and with the 123PPT product I’ve been able to do things I have been dreaming of for far too long with other market offerings.

    So its a big BIG thumbs up from me!

  • David Samson

    Another point…I thought was useful and relevant to make guys since a few other solutions were mentioned was that as a user of both Instant Effects and CG’s Video Backgrounds Combo I think the real difference I have experienced as well having purchased the Deluxe Edition of the 123PPT solution was that the 123PPT imports and converts your video clips to ensure they playback on any Windows based PC.

    If you’ve every used CG or Instant Effects then you’ll know one of the big big problems is that unless the video clips you import were made in a neutral codec like Windows Media or Cinepak or something they wouldn’t play on other computers 🙁

    123PPT seems to have addressed this in a really clever and intuitive way. Importing video background clips in the presentation adds a codec filter which guarantess playback on other Windows PC’s.

    This is so very important especially when you put your presentation up on the website for downloading and find that half the people opening the presentation on their local machines only get video errors.

    Anyway..just wanted to share my experiences both good and bad and hope this helps add some more food for thought to anyone considering to add video backgrounds to their PowerPoint presentations.

  • David Samson

    Another point…I thought was useful and relevant to make guys since a few other solutions were mentioned was that as a user of both Instant Effects and CG’s Video Backgrounds Combo I think the real difference I have experienced as well having purchased the Deluxe Edition of the 123PPT solution was that the 123PPT imports and converts your video clips to ensure they playback on any Windows based PC.

    If you’ve every used CG or Instant Effects then you’ll know one of the big big problems is that unless the video clips you import were made in a neutral codec like Windows Media or Cinepak or something they wouldn’t play on other computers 🙁

    123PPT seems to have addressed this in a really clever and intuitive way. Importing video background clips in the presentation adds a codec filter which guarantess playback on other Windows PC’s.

    This is so very important especially when you put your presentation up on the website for downloading and find that half the people opening the presentation on their local machines only get video errors.

    Anyway..just wanted to share my experiences both good and bad and hope this helps add some more food for thought to anyone considering to add video backgrounds to their PowerPoint presentations.

  • I have recently purchased the deluxe version and have enjoyed learning and experimenting with it’s various features.
    One big concern: I cannot get it to play on the 2nd monitor(presentation monitor) of a dual monitor setup. Any thoughts?

  • I have recently purchased the deluxe version and have enjoyed learning and experimenting with it’s various features.
    One big concern: I cannot get it to play on the 2nd monitor(presentation monitor) of a dual monitor setup. Any thoughts?

  • Roger Luc

    Hi Steve,

    sorry but it seems as if you have to learn a bit more about PowerPoint 😉

    What monitor a presentation is displayed is actually nothing to do with the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player or its PowerPoint Add-In. It is a setting that you must adjust in PowerPoint itself.

    PowerPoint allows you to define which monitor/ screen/ projector your presentation will be displayed on. By default it displays the presentation on the second monitor.

    Since you say you cannot get it to play on the 2nd monitor of a dual monitor setup it seems you have incorrectly setup your monitor configuration.

    I just downloaded the Trial Edition of the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player and PowerPoint Add-In and had no problems. It seems the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player is actually a standalone application Steve so you can decide yourself which monitor you want it to play from. I.e configure PowerPoint to run on monitor one so that the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player application runs on monitor 2.

    I have to say, I am very impressed with this product. I think the review by Eric was fair but I’m not in full agreement at all that a presentation with video backgrounds is distracting. Quite the contrary. I think it actually has a very positive effect at capturing the audiences vision and gaze.

    The last seminar I was at the presentation was so bad I don’t think anyone could bear look at it. Instead we all focused on the presenter. If the presentation had been created with subtle yet engaging video background, the audience would have focused upon the presentation and could then listen to the presentation instead of placing all focus on him.

    Whilst a lot of presenters are natural entertainers and love the spotlight. Many really want to focus on gettting their message across to the audience. This seems more important that then presenters own image and ego.

    A well created visually stimulating presentation to me seems not only to achieve greater audience focus and attention, but also better opportunites for the presenter to get the audience to remember his key points and arguments rather than what clothes he was wearing and how he walked or moved.

    For me the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player and PowerPoint Add-In deserves a massive thumbs up for ingenuity and breathing much needed life back into a very stale platform. If it’s not the future of PowerPoint I would say it’s not too far off the mark Eric.

  • Roger Luc

    Hi Steve,

    sorry but it seems as if you have to learn a bit more about PowerPoint 😉

    What monitor a presentation is displayed is actually nothing to do with the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player or its PowerPoint Add-In. It is a setting that you must adjust in PowerPoint itself.

    PowerPoint allows you to define which monitor/ screen/ projector your presentation will be displayed on. By default it displays the presentation on the second monitor.

    Since you say you cannot get it to play on the 2nd monitor of a dual monitor setup it seems you have incorrectly setup your monitor configuration.

    I just downloaded the Trial Edition of the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player and PowerPoint Add-In and had no problems. It seems the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player is actually a standalone application Steve so you can decide yourself which monitor you want it to play from. I.e configure PowerPoint to run on monitor one so that the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player application runs on monitor 2.

    I have to say, I am very impressed with this product. I think the review by Eric was fair but I’m not in full agreement at all that a presentation with video backgrounds is distracting. Quite the contrary. I think it actually has a very positive effect at capturing the audiences vision and gaze.

    The last seminar I was at the presentation was so bad I don’t think anyone could bear look at it. Instead we all focused on the presenter. If the presentation had been created with subtle yet engaging video background, the audience would have focused upon the presentation and could then listen to the presentation instead of placing all focus on him.

    Whilst a lot of presenters are natural entertainers and love the spotlight. Many really want to focus on gettting their message across to the audience. This seems more important that then presenters own image and ego.

    A well created visually stimulating presentation to me seems not only to achieve greater audience focus and attention, but also better opportunites for the presenter to get the audience to remember his key points and arguments rather than what clothes he was wearing and how he walked or moved.

    For me the 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player and PowerPoint Add-In deserves a massive thumbs up for ingenuity and breathing much needed life back into a very stale platform. If it’s not the future of PowerPoint I would say it’s not too far off the mark Eric.

  • Anyone know any other instant hypnosis tricks explained here

    thanks

  • Anyone know any other instant hypnosis tricks explained here

    thanks

  • Jon Romm

    Just a short update. The 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player is also available in a new Lite Edition. I’ts just $49.95, a fifth of the full Deluxe price with the same functionality albeit with a number of import limitations.

    I just bought it and it works just great! Thought you guys should know 🙂

  • Jon Romm

    Just a short update. The 123PPT Video Backgrounds Player is also available in a new Lite Edition. I’ts just $49.95, a fifth of the full Deluxe price with the same functionality albeit with a number of import limitations.

    I just bought it and it works just great! Thought you guys should know 🙂

  • Jon Romm

    PS: forgot to say thanks for the excellent tutorial review Eric really helped me seems it did the trick for you too Roger Luc?

    By the way…have any of you guys checked out the actual PowerPoint video backgrounds 123PPT are producing?

    http://www.123ppt.com/powerpoint-video-backgrounds/

    I think they’re amazing. The Electric Effects video backgrounds especially. They’re a bit pricey though, so buck for buck together with the application seems 123PPT is not for amateurs. I’m guessing aimed more at the high end/ pro market.

  • Jon Romm

    PS: forgot to say thanks for the excellent tutorial review Eric really helped me seems it did the trick for you too Roger Luc?

    By the way…have any of you guys checked out the actual PowerPoint video backgrounds 123PPT are producing?

    http://www.123ppt.com/powerpoint-video-backgrounds/

    I think they’re amazing. The Electric Effects video backgrounds especially. They’re a bit pricey though, so buck for buck together with the application seems 123PPT is not for amateurs. I’m guessing aimed more at the high end/ pro market.

  • Susan

    I am wondering if David Samson and/or Roger Luc work for 123PPT, as they both use the word “whilst” which the 123 documentation uses continuously. Anyway, I have tried the trial, but cannot get their Music and SoundFX application to work with the Video Background application. Have requested info from them as to why with no answer. Just thought people should know that you can’t use sound with the 123 Video Backgrounds application, and 123’s Music and SoundFX application doesn’t seem to work either.

  • Susan

    I am wondering if David Samson and/or Roger Luc work for 123PPT, as they both use the word “whilst” which the 123 documentation uses continuously. Anyway, I have tried the trial, but cannot get their Music and SoundFX application to work with the Video Background application. Have requested info from them as to why with no answer. Just thought people should know that you can’t use sound with the 123 Video Backgrounds application, and 123’s Music and SoundFX application doesn’t seem to work either.

  • David Samson

    Hi Susan! Nope sorry don’t work with or have any affiliation with 123PPT at all. Would be nice to as it seems their product is fairly successful 🙂

    As far as I can tell from reading both my posts Susan (and i’ve actually written quite a lot to share at least my experiences), I used the word whilst just once!!! I’m sorry if it’s offensive. But i think it’s actually more offensive to accuse me or insinuate that I am affiliated with a company I merely shared my user experiences with because I’ve used a word you seemed to have read repeatedly only once!

    Actually…I also checked Roger Luc’s post (welll…you got me curious) and he also seems to have used the word whilst once as well.

    So obviously he must be employed in 123PPT! 😉 hehe

    I imagine the 123 documentation probably uses a lot of “Video” as well which I seem to do also but since you have also used it twice…hmmm….are you the CEO? 😉

    As far as I know Susan the Music product is fairly new and was only released just before Christmas I think. I tried the trial. Haven’t purchased or licensed it mainly because of budget. I had no trouble with it however when I installed and tested it. And it worked well with the video backgrounds studio installed with both interacting and playing very well. I made a few presentations with video and with music combined but honestly my needs for sound and music didn’t warrant purchasing a license for the music product so I left it.

    Sounds like you have a hardware problem Susan with your sound card since you say you can’t get it to work at all. Might sound stupid but since you don’t seem to have any sound at all have you checked to make sure your speakers are on?

  • David Samson

    Hi Susan! Nope sorry don’t work with or have any affiliation with 123PPT at all. Would be nice to as it seems their product is fairly successful 🙂

    As far as I can tell from reading both my posts Susan (and i’ve actually written quite a lot to share at least my experiences), I used the word whilst just once!!! I’m sorry if it’s offensive. But i think it’s actually more offensive to accuse me or insinuate that I am affiliated with a company I merely shared my user experiences with because I’ve used a word you seemed to have read repeatedly only once!

    Actually…I also checked Roger Luc’s post (welll…you got me curious) and he also seems to have used the word whilst once as well.

    So obviously he must be employed in 123PPT! 😉 hehe

    I imagine the 123 documentation probably uses a lot of “Video” as well which I seem to do also but since you have also used it twice…hmmm….are you the CEO? 😉

    As far as I know Susan the Music product is fairly new and was only released just before Christmas I think. I tried the trial. Haven’t purchased or licensed it mainly because of budget. I had no trouble with it however when I installed and tested it. And it worked well with the video backgrounds studio installed with both interacting and playing very well. I made a few presentations with video and with music combined but honestly my needs for sound and music didn’t warrant purchasing a license for the music product so I left it.

    Sounds like you have a hardware problem Susan with your sound card since you say you can’t get it to work at all. Might sound stupid but since you don’t seem to have any sound at all have you checked to make sure your speakers are on?

  • Very very very disgruntled

    If you are looking for a *FREE* trial from 123PPT.com…THINK AGAIN! They do not respond to emails, they take your money, and RUN with it. I DO NOT RECOMMEND 123PPT.com. Take your money elsewhere! Their software doesn’t allow for you to insert your own animations, and they certainly do not support their customers.

    STAY FAR FAR AWAY FROM 123PPT.COM UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET RIPPED OFF!!!

  • Very very very disgruntled

    If you are looking for a *FREE* trial from 123PPT.com…THINK AGAIN! They do not respond to emails, they take your money, and RUN with it. I DO NOT RECOMMEND 123PPT.com. Take your money elsewhere! Their software doesn’t allow for you to insert your own animations, and they certainly do not support their customers.

    STAY FAR FAR AWAY FROM 123PPT.COM UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET RIPPED OFF!!!

  • Susan, you are very perceptive. You wrote: “I am wondering if David Samson and/or Roger Luc work for 123PPT, as they both use the word “whilst” which the 123 documentation uses continuously.” After you pointed that out I noticed that “Jon Romm”, “David Samson” and “Roger Luc” all wrote suspiciously similar, mostly long posts just raving about 123PPT, all use the same writing style and all use the same tacky smiley faces and lots of exclamation marks to punctuate their points. I’ll bet all 3 “people” are the same person.

    Out of curiosity, I did a quick search for these guys. I found “John Romm” on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A22LZPHZB1WZ4H. His profile name there is Jim Romm. But he signed his post “John Romm”. (The tough thing about lying is trying to remember all your lies!) And there, more than 5 years ago, he wrote a single post raving, of course, about how wonderful 123ppt is. Then I clicked on the “more” link and then on the comments link on that page. It says:

    “Don’t you believe one word of this review! There is no such person as Jim Romm. This “review” was clearly written by an employee of 123PowerPoint.com (aka 123PPT.com). Just look up “Jim’s” paper “company” “The Digital Margin” on Google. You’ll see the domain is http://www.DigitalMargin.com. The site has nothing but a meaningless Flash animation on it. But if you look up the owner of that domain on any WhoIs directory, you’ll see it is owned by “Impossible Holding AS” the same Norwegian company that owns 123PowerPoint.com Very dishonest tactic. Don’t ever work with people who will try to deceive you like this!”

    John, Jon, Jim, David, Roger, whatever the heck your real name is, shame on you! If 123PPT lies like this in its marketing efforts, why would we believe anything else you say? If any of you are real people, I challenge you to show us your Facebook or Linkedin or any other profiles that would indicate you are real people. If you don’t respond with proof that you are real people and not just the marketing manager or CEO of 123PPT we will all know the truth!

  • Susan, you are very perceptive. You wrote: “I am wondering if David Samson and/or Roger Luc work for 123PPT, as they both use the word “whilst” which the 123 documentation uses continuously.” After you pointed that out I noticed that “Jon Romm”, “David Samson” and “Roger Luc” all wrote suspiciously similar, mostly long posts just raving about 123PPT, all use the same writing style and all use the same tacky smiley faces and lots of exclamation marks to punctuate their points. I’ll bet all 3 “people” are the same person.

    Out of curiosity, I did a quick search for these guys. I found “John Romm” on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A22LZPHZB1WZ4H. His profile name there is Jim Romm. But he signed his post “John Romm”. (The tough thing about lying is trying to remember all your lies!) And there, more than 5 years ago, he wrote a single post raving, of course, about how wonderful 123ppt is. Then I clicked on the “more” link and then on the comments link on that page. It says:

    “Don’t you believe one word of this review! There is no such person as Jim Romm. This “review” was clearly written by an employee of 123PowerPoint.com (aka 123PPT.com). Just look up “Jim’s” paper “company” “The Digital Margin” on Google. You’ll see the domain is http://www.DigitalMargin.com. The site has nothing but a meaningless Flash animation on it. But if you look up the owner of that domain on any WhoIs directory, you’ll see it is owned by “Impossible Holding AS” the same Norwegian company that owns 123PowerPoint.com Very dishonest tactic. Don’t ever work with people who will try to deceive you like this!”

    John, Jon, Jim, David, Roger, whatever the heck your real name is, shame on you! If 123PPT lies like this in its marketing efforts, why would we believe anything else you say? If any of you are real people, I challenge you to show us your Facebook or Linkedin or any other profiles that would indicate you are real people. If you don’t respond with proof that you are real people and not just the marketing manager or CEO of 123PPT we will all know the truth!

  • PowerPoint4Ever

    Wow…guys…looks like you either need to get some therapy or a girlfriend!!!

    And just to prove it there’s some exclamation marks so obviously I am also employed in 123PPT right?

    To Very very very disgruntled I would say this…how did 123PPT take your money when you download and install a free trial version of their software? Since you don’t pay to download or use it how did they take your money? And where did they run to? And maybe disgruntled it’s worth reading what the limitations on free software are. It took me 3 minutes to find repeated on their site that the free software doesn’t allow you to insert or use your own videos and animations. To do that you have to by a license.

    Have you never downloaded or used trial software before? Most trial software limits the amount of time you can use it, the number of sessions or its functionality. What did you expect you could get full software and use it without paying for it?

    Seems to me disgruntled that you seem a bit too biased and anti 123PPT to me…hmm….are you working in a competitors company? Or are you just so cheap you expect people to make things for you for free? Hmm…you’re probably sitting surfing on someone else’s line now right?

    To Mark S, wow, what can I say man…Get a Life!!! Who cares? Seriously, unless you’re studying to be a private dick why bother? There’s no point taking moral high ground and ranting on about honesty. Can you seriously name a single company that isn’t using employees to add posts on forums, links here there and everywhere and facebook pages all over the place?

    Seriously, John, Jon, Jim, David and Roger or whoever you are the very last thing I would do is even respond to this post. It’s so lame and whether you work for 123PPT or not and whether you’re a Norwegian company or not seriously dudes who cares?

    This article was a review of the software. The guy reviewing it liked it. Seems to me most other guys liked it and before you twisted sisters started your raving paranoia there were actaully some good things to read about it here.

    But here’s a small pointer for you Mark S aka private dick. Checkout 123PPT’s terms and conditions and it’ll tell you its owned and operated by 123OfficeMedia LLC. Now i’m not half as good an investigator as you but even I know that means we got ourselves a US based company here.

    I’m amazed to read your paranoia man…seriously you need help and probably strong medication.

    Very very very digruntled if your gonig to work in a competitors company then you just need to work in competitors company that makes a better product and stop being so lame. As for the rest of you whether you work in 123PPT or not I don’t care.

    I downloaded the trial (and disgruntled take notice). Press the HELP button and it opens a browser where it tells the same thing as it does on their support pages that you can’t insert your own animations into the trial version. So the first thing you need to do disgruntled is learn to read before you start posting online. And figure out how the CAPS button works. You’re far too dramatic.

    By the way just to prove to our private dick here how lame his paranoia is. Here’s a few tacky smiley faces 🙂 😉 and the word “whilst”.

    OMG…I need to call 123PPT now because I obviously work for them and they’re never even sent me a pay check!!

  • PowerPoint4Ever

    Wow…guys…looks like you either need to get some therapy or a girlfriend!!!

    And just to prove it there’s some exclamation marks so obviously I am also employed in 123PPT right?

    To Very very very disgruntled I would say this…how did 123PPT take your money when you download and install a free trial version of their software? Since you don’t pay to download or use it how did they take your money? And where did they run to? And maybe disgruntled it’s worth reading what the limitations on free software are. It took me 3 minutes to find repeated on their site that the free software doesn’t allow you to insert or use your own videos and animations. To do that you have to by a license.

    Have you never downloaded or used trial software before? Most trial software limits the amount of time you can use it, the number of sessions or its functionality. What did you expect you could get full software and use it without paying for it?

    Seems to me disgruntled that you seem a bit too biased and anti 123PPT to me…hmm….are you working in a competitors company? Or are you just so cheap you expect people to make things for you for free? Hmm…you’re probably sitting surfing on someone else’s line now right?

    To Mark S, wow, what can I say man…Get a Life!!! Who cares? Seriously, unless you’re studying to be a private dick why bother? There’s no point taking moral high ground and ranting on about honesty. Can you seriously name a single company that isn’t using employees to add posts on forums, links here there and everywhere and facebook pages all over the place?

    Seriously, John, Jon, Jim, David and Roger or whoever you are the very last thing I would do is even respond to this post. It’s so lame and whether you work for 123PPT or not and whether you’re a Norwegian company or not seriously dudes who cares?

    This article was a review of the software. The guy reviewing it liked it. Seems to me most other guys liked it and before you twisted sisters started your raving paranoia there were actaully some good things to read about it here.

    But here’s a small pointer for you Mark S aka private dick. Checkout 123PPT’s terms and conditions and it’ll tell you its owned and operated by 123OfficeMedia LLC. Now i’m not half as good an investigator as you but even I know that means we got ourselves a US based company here.

    I’m amazed to read your paranoia man…seriously you need help and probably strong medication.

    Very very very digruntled if your gonig to work in a competitors company then you just need to work in competitors company that makes a better product and stop being so lame. As for the rest of you whether you work in 123PPT or not I don’t care.

    I downloaded the trial (and disgruntled take notice). Press the HELP button and it opens a browser where it tells the same thing as it does on their support pages that you can’t insert your own animations into the trial version. So the first thing you need to do disgruntled is learn to read before you start posting online. And figure out how the CAPS button works. You’re far too dramatic.

    By the way just to prove to our private dick here how lame his paranoia is. Here’s a few tacky smiley faces 🙂 😉 and the word “whilst”.

    OMG…I need to call 123PPT now because I obviously work for them and they’re never even sent me a pay check!!

  • PowerPoint4Ever

    Hey Mark S. aka private dick I just did a domain look up on Digital Margin and 123PowerPoint.com

    Administrative Contact:
    Private, Registration 123POWERPOINT.COM@domainsbyproxy.com
    Domains by Proxy, Inc.
    DomainsByProxy.com
    15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
    United States

    Administrative Contact:
    Private, Registration DIGITALMARGIN.COM@domainsbyproxy.com
    Domains by Proxy, Inc.
    DomainsByProxy.com
    15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
    United States

    Looks to me like they’re a long way from Norway dude and any company called Impossible Holding AS

    I mean you seriously should ditch this private dick work cause you’re lame at it.

    Looks to me readers like Very very very disgruntled and Mark S. are the same person. Working in a competitors company trying to put people of this video product.

    A word of the wise to you guys. It’s FREE. So download it and try it for yourself and make up your own mind!

    Don’t waste your time reading the ramblings of some paranoid disgruntled competitor passing himself of as an angry customer or a useless private dick. His facts are wrong and his arguments stupid so I’m guessing that what the S in Mark S stands for? Dude it’s people like you that made it possible for Tom Selleck look good as Magnum P.I.

  • PowerPoint4Ever

    Hey Mark S. aka private dick I just did a domain look up on Digital Margin and 123PowerPoint.com

    Administrative Contact:
    Private, Registration 123POWERPOINT.COM@domainsbyproxy.com
    Domains by Proxy, Inc.
    DomainsByProxy.com
    15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
    United States

    Administrative Contact:
    Private, Registration DIGITALMARGIN.COM@domainsbyproxy.com
    Domains by Proxy, Inc.
    DomainsByProxy.com
    15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
    United States

    Looks to me like they’re a long way from Norway dude and any company called Impossible Holding AS

    I mean you seriously should ditch this private dick work cause you’re lame at it.

    Looks to me readers like Very very very disgruntled and Mark S. are the same person. Working in a competitors company trying to put people of this video product.

    A word of the wise to you guys. It’s FREE. So download it and try it for yourself and make up your own mind!

    Don’t waste your time reading the ramblings of some paranoid disgruntled competitor passing himself of as an angry customer or a useless private dick. His facts are wrong and his arguments stupid so I’m guessing that what the S in Mark S stands for? Dude it’s people like you that made it possible for Tom Selleck look good as Magnum P.I.

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