swish animation timing problem


K

Kyle

I am using PPT2007 to create a slide in which I have two simple text
boxes, one with the title of the presentation and the second with a
colored background and rotated slightly counter-clockwise which I am
using the "swish" animation to have enter and overlay a part of the
first text box.

The idea is the title would say "All Sales Are Final" and then the
second box with a red background saying "BLESSINGS" would swish in and
overlay at an angle the word "Sales" in the first box.

The person who is running this presentation is a true beginner, and so
rather than have the chance they won't click for the animation at the
proper time (or do something that will skip the slide entirely - it
happens, believe me) I am trying to have the second text box enter
after 6 seconds.

Here's my problem: when playing the slide, after the six seconds the
text box swishes into view and positions, then there's a pause of
another six seconds before the text itself drops down letter-by-letter
into the text box.

When using the "Custom Animations" sidebar with the advanced timeline
displayed, when I click "Play" I see the swish animation as two
separate elements - the text box itself and then the text, and a gap
of six seconds between the two. At all other times it appears as one
element. I have tried dragging-and-dropping and right-clicking and
everything I can think of to get the text animation to butt directly
up against the text box, but have not succeeded. Any time I try to
click or right-click on the second animation element while playing, it
stops playing and the second element disappears.

How do I change the animation so the swish animation all happens
sequentially with the only delay being between the appearance of the
slide and the beginning of the animation?
 
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L

Lucy Thomson

Hi Kyle

Interesting - I'd never seen that before. To have the box & text appear at
the same time, click on the little down arrow next to the animation ->
effect options -> select 'all at once' from the 'animate text' drop down. If
you want to keep the 'by letter' animation, use two boxes - one with the
text and one with the background.

Lucy
 

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