iStockphoto recently announced the release of an add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or higher (and also one for MS Word). Today we will take a quick look at how this add-in works in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.
The first thing you must do is to go to iStockphoto and download the add-in. Follow the steps to install the add-in. You must have an iStockphoto account and some credits so you can buy images to really get any use out of the add-in. The add-in allows you to browse and purchase images from iStockphoto directly in PowerPoint.
So lets jump right in. I have already installed the add-in so we won’t go through the installation here.
The first thing you will see after having installed the add-in is a new tab in PowerPoint; iStockphoto.
If you select this tab you will see the iStockphoto ribbon and the different options you have. Most of them are pretty self-explanatory but here is a short description of each.
- Search: Click on this to search for images.
- Registration: Click here if you do not already have an iStockphoto account to sign up. You will be taken to the iStockphoto website where you can sign up.
- About: Will give you a window in the sidebar with some information and instructions about the iStockphoto add-in.
- Contact Us: You will be taken to the iStockphoto website contact section.
- Login: Click here to log in to your iStockphoto account
- Buy Credits: Click here to buy more iStockphoto credits. You will be taken to the iStockphoto website where you can purchase credits.
- Help: This will take you to the iStockphoto add-in website help section.
The above description refers to the ribbon when you are not logged in. You need to be logged in to purchase photos. When you click the log-in button you get a pop-up window for entering your iStockphoto username/member name and password.
After you log in, the ribbon changes slightly to reflect your logged in status. You now have access to some account information and a Logout button.
To find images, click on search in the ribbon. A search sidebar opens up.
Type a keyword into the search box and click search or press enter. Wait for the results to show up. You must be connected to the internet for the add-in to work. A list of search results appear in the sidebar.
If you hover over the image, a larger version appears or pops-up, just like on iStockphoto.com.
In the search result you get some information about the image and a button to download it.
When you find your desired image, click on the Download button to buy/download the image. A window will pop-up with options about file size and license type. Choose the desired file size and license type and click Download.
After clicking Download another window pops up with the standard iStockphoto license agreement that you need to accept to download the image.
Click on the Accept Agreement & Start Download button and a window will pop-up asking you where you want to save the image.
The image will not automatically show up or be placed on your slide. You will have to import the image from the location you just saved it in to use it in your slides using your preferred method (for example Insert Tab > Picture).
The iStockphoto add-in is a pretty neat addition to PowerPoint as it allows you to see the images right there in PowerPoint. This allows you to get a sense of whether or not the image will work with your style, your other images and fit into your presentation. It also appears that the default search is for images that have the aspect ratio that would fit slides. There is however an advanced search you can use if you want more options and be more specific in your search, just like on the iStockphoto.com website.
So go on over to iStockphoto.com and download the add-in.