Creating Powerpoint Visual Confections using a Wacom Bamboo Tablet


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A visual confection is a powerful tool for communicating a lot of information in a short space of time.

Visual confections are excellent sales aids for inside sales and field sales professionals selling complex products and services. A completed Whiteboard is a visual confection in itself.

I’m a Mac user and had been toying with the idea of buying a tablet PC so that I could more easily create visual confections in PowerPoint. Up till now all of my whiteboards have been created using either objects from WhiteboardSelling’s pre-populated style gallery or created on my Mac using an external touch pad.

An example visual confection below is the Message Strength vs. Clarity graphic below. It contains words and hand drawn images to quickly convey an idea around the effectiveness of your Website message in attracting visitors in the first place and then its clarity in conveying meaning. If you missed the original message strength article you can click on the image to read it.

Message Strength vs. Clarity, an example visual confection

clear messaging

WACOM Bamboo Capture

I’m happy to report that for $99 at the Mac store or Amazon, you can own a Wacom Bamboo – Capture and that is all anyone needs to create whiteboards or hand drawn visual confections in Powerpoint.

The actual drawing surface on the “CAPTURE” tablet I chose is about post-card size and thewacom bamboo capture pen/tablet combination is significantly easier than my touch mouse in creating and manipulating images.

I tried out the new INTUOS5 pen tablet from Wacom, but took it back to the store and swapped it for the Bamboo as it was overkill in functionality for my needs and more than twice the price.

I did have the need to contact Wacom customer support to help me with the install and it was simply a matter of configuring the INK program on my Mac. I found the both the customer and technical support to be surprisingly good from Wacom and recommend this product.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Mark Gibson
Mark Gibson has been at the forefront of developing sales and marketing tools that create clarity in messaging value for 30 years. As a consultant he is now engaged in helping sales, marketing and enablement teams to get clear about value creation. Clarity attracts inbound leads, clarity converts visitors into leads and leads into customers, clarity builds mindshare, clarity engages customers, clarity differentiates value, clarity helps onboard new hires clarity helps raise funds, clarity + execution win markets.


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