Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jazz up your presentations with music

headphones Look like a PowerPoint maestro! You know that movie and television studios add carefully selected background music to set just the right mood for their Hollywood productions. Now you can easily and affordably do the same for your PowerPoint presentations, thanks to CrystalGraphics PowerPlugs: Music for PowerPoint Annual Subscription!

Its features include:

•   Download all the music clips you want for one year!
•   Over 2000 professional music clips to choose from.
•   Styles include Jazz, Rock, Funk, World, Orchestral, Ambient, Corporate, Techno and more.
•   The right music helps your presentations deliver their maximum impact to your audiences.
•   Also great for self-running presentations, such as those on or in kiosks.
•   Includes cool plug-in tool that lets you add music to an entire presentation with just 3 clicks.

Visit or call (800) 394-0700 x 1 for more info

Nan’s Note: I ALWAYS get questions about embedding sound files into PowerPoint at Brainy Betty – CrystalGraphics also has a “Music for PowerPoint Helper Plug-in” for just $29 that takes care of all of it for you. Here’s what it can do:

  • Helps you find and insert the perfect background music into your PowerPoint presentations with just 2 or 3 clicks!
  • Automatically sets your selected background music to auto-play.
  • Eliminates those annoying icons that you usually have to click on to start the music.
  • Automatically sets your background music to loop for as long as you need it to.
  • Automatically embeds your music into your PPT files so they are more portable.
  • Plugs into PowerPoint 97 - 2007 running on Window XP - Vista
  • Software updates are FREE!

You can get both (the music subscription for 1 year AND the helper plug-in for just $89! (20% off)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Student / Teacher Freebies and Resources Page on Site!

We know you don’t have much time to look around for things, and we also know our 800+ page site is a lot to handle!

So, if you are a student or teacher you can directly access some of the best content that’s just for you from our new page. In fact, all our new content for educators and students will be updated on that page from now on.

Be sure to visit and bookmark it. We’ll be adding new things every week. You can find everything from tutorials to backgrounds and animations and links to some awesome resources and free software.


Nan @ Brainy Betty  :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Hidden Gems in Excel 2007 and more…

  • Learn three lesser-known tricks for Microsoft Office Excel 2007, and watch your productivity improve.
  • Also, this week, Brainy Betty is developing a new page for Students and Teachers that can be used as guide and a list of resources to create some popping presentations that are out of the ordinary! Watch for it near Friday of this week.
  • Come and interact with Betty on our Facebook Fan Site and get lots of freebies and tutorials!


Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Nan @ Brainy Betty

Monday, February 08, 2010

Clean your computer

cleaning In anticipation of spring cleaning of all kinds to come! Here’s a great short list from Microsoft at Home on how to properly clean your computer. Dust and heat are the biggest causes of computer breakdown and by following these simple tips you can clean your computer and be ready for another year of efficient use!

P.S. If you noticed, on our website you can now save 10% on PowerPlugs Templates from Crystal Graphics by entering marketing code brainy.  Unlimited downloads for One year plus a FREE template finder! Save time. Order now!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Faculty Connection - 5 Amazing Downloads for Educators and Students

Every week, I try to bring you something new and different. As many of you know, the Microsoft site is simply gargantuan and many many free and useful resources get overlooked simply because they cannot be found.

This week, I came across the Microsoft Faculty Connection. With areas for both K-12 and Higher Education, there are many many free tutorials, software downloads, whitepapers, guides and more to explore.

I am highlighting this particular link below this week, but will be exploring the site in depth in coming weeks.

Faculty Connection - 5 Amazing Downloads for Educators and Students

In honor of National Computer Science Week (2009), Microsoft offered 5 incredible downloads for students and educators. These include:

  • Kodu – a visual programming language for children and adults who want to create games
  • Photosynth – an amazing new way to create environments from digital photos
  • Robotics Developer Studio – to create robotic applications
  • World Wide Telescope – Microsoft’s answer to Google Earth – but far better thought out and useful
  • and XNA Game Studio – another game creation application

Let the downloading begin! Have fun exploring and offering new ways for your own students to learn and create.

Nan @ Brainybetty

P.S. If you haven’t joined our Facebook Fan Page yet, please do so now. I’m working on some gorgeous new spring backgrounds I’ll be posting later in the week.

Monday, February 01, 2010

PowerPoint 2010 Beta: Take a look at the picture effects in the new version

Take a sneak peek at the new picture effects that will be available in PowerPoint 2010! Pretty awesome stuff! Brainy Betty is LOVING testing the beta version of this program - it is chockfull of fantastic new features.

Have a great week everyone!

Nan @ brainybetty