"The MUST Have Amazing Animation Tool for Serious Animators in PowerPoint"

THE Must Have Amazing Animation Tool For All Serious Animators

Hi everyone!  In this post, I’m going to highlight a really cool FREE animation tool, which I wish I knew about years ago!

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Download and Install the Animation Add-in

The MUST have animation tool was created by PowerPoint MVP Shyam Pillai, which you can download for free (but donations are recommended!) for all versions of PowerPoint on his site by clicking the link – Motion Path Tools add-in.

Just a quick word of warning when installing the add-in (I made this mistake myself…whoops), make sure you enable all macros in your deck, otherwise the add-in won’t work.

Two Cool Things About the Add-in

First off, the tool lets you create a copy of an animated object and paste it at the end state of its motion path (allowing you then to copy and paste the new object, and use it on another slide!).

"Animation Motion Path Tool - Intro #1"

Secondly, it allows you to combine several motion paths together, for a single object, to form complex animation patterns that would otherwise be extremely difficult to pull off.

 

"Animation Motion Path Tool - Intro #2"

Cool Trick #1: What I’m MOST Excited About

The first feature is what I’m most excited about because it helps tremendously with complex animations.  For example, say you want to have the words HOW ARE YOU come together and leave as one group, as demonstrated in the video below. It looks simple, but it’s a little tricky to pull off.

If you want the slides I used in this tutorial’s intro video, click here to download them now.

First you have to make sure that the ‘How’ and the ‘Are’ are even with each other.  You can sort of guess by previewing one motion path at a time, which you can do starting in version 2013.

"Animation Motion Path Tool - Step #1"

BUT the add-in makes it much easier.  Once you install it, you’ll get a tools menu like this.  And go to the left and select the End Position option.  Select the two objects with the motion path, hit OK…

"Animation Motion Path Tool - Step #2"

and voila – it copies them to the place where they’ll land after the motion path!

"Animation Motion Path Tool - Step #3"

You can now double check that they’re all lined up correctly, and you can also now select all 3 words, copy them, and paste them onto a separate slide.

Animation Motion Path Tool - Step #4

Now I can group them, then animate them as one object, making them exit the slide together.

"Animation Motion Path Tool - Step #5"

Even though the result looks simple, without this add-in, I would have to do all this through time-consuming trial and error adjustments, so it’s a huge time and life saver.  This tool would have actually been super useful for the complex animations used in my kinetic typography video, which took me forever to do using the old method!

Cool Trick #2: Combing Motion Paths for a Single Object

Now the second thing this add-in does, as I mentioned, is it allows you to connect your motion paths together.  For example, if you wanted the HOW to move down and then take a turn, you can go to Add Animation and add a turn.

"Animation Motion Path Tool - Step #6"

Then, you go to the Tools menu again, click on ‘Align on Join’ on the left, make sure the two motion paths you want to join are selected.  Hit ok.

Animation Motion Path Tool - Step #7

And here is the result – the motion paths have been connected for you!

Animation Motion Path Tool - Step #8

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Animation Add-in Conclusion

If you create a lot of complex animations like I do, than you can see how this cool add-in is a total GAME CHANGER for your animations projects!

What used to take hours of tedious trial and error alignment, can now be done with the click of a button!

THANK YOU Shyam!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and have fun with this – it will open up a whole new world of animation!

  • This is indeed an extremely useful add-in and very nicely reviewed 🙂

    • spicypresentations

      Thanks, Jamie! Glad you enjoyed and found it useful :).

  • scotdwall

    You asked for ideas for posts. My submission is probably a little different than what you are looking for, but it is of extreme interest to me. A photographer by the name of John Greengo does amazing photography instruction presentations utilizing Keynote. I would love for you to be able to offer instruction on how to do much of what he does but in PowerPoint. Many things are pretty straightforward and easily accomplished in PowerPoint. However, some animation’s (for instance a swipe across the screen to show a filter’s effect on a photo at 32:21 in the first video–see a series of Greengo’s videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzZVzzgTxys&list=PLE67992FC392ED625), I have a hard time duplicating. Any help on these techniques would be wonderful!

  • spicypresentations

    Thanks, Bobi – really appreciate it! If you haven’t already, feel free to check out my channel for tricks that I haven’t yet posted in written form :).

  • Hi Lia,
    I’m your super fun .:-)
    But I don’t know why I can not download the resziable pics from MS office………The links I opened were changed. It seems like MS closed this functions. So where I could continue to download the resizable pics for presentations.
    Many thanks!!

  • CB

    Hi Lia, The button to download hinge slides sends an introductory email with no slides that then directs the user back to that same button which sends the same introductory email and so on… How do I go about truly downloading the box hinge effect? Thank you so much!

    • Hi CB, Camille here answering for Lia! So sorry about that. I’ve gone and re-connected the download and it should now work . If you put your email in again, you should get the separate email with the download link. If you’re still having difficulty, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email and I’ll send you the slides directly: camille@nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com

    • Hi CB, Camille here answering for Lia! So sorry about that. I’ve gone and re-connected the download and it should now work . If you put your email in again, you should get the separate email with the download link. If you’re still having difficulty, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email and I’ll send you the slides directly: camille@nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com

  • Partha prana Govinda das

    first of all thanks for this great feature. But, when I try to use this add in, power point is throwing me an error “.ppam” is not a valid office add in”. Plese help in eliminating this error. I badly need this feature.

    • Hi Partha, Camille here replying for Lia. A couple things to check: First, make sure you’ve enabled Macros. You can find that option the PowerPoint Options, Trust Center. When you’re in the PowerPoint Options and in the Add-Ins tab, make sure you select ‘PowerPoint add-ins’ in the the Manage tab, not the default ‘COM add-ins’. Let me know if that solves it. Cheers!

      • Partha prana Govinda das

        Hi Camille,

        Yes. ! That worked. Thanks for your help and of course the tool. Will help in settling a lot of headaches. Any other tools like these you have at your disposal?

        • Great! Happy I could help. There are a few other tools we love and always recommend. One is the Hammer Tool. You can read about it in this blog post. And the other is Office Timeline, for creating Gantt charts and timelines. Cheers!