-------------------------Monitor------------------------ The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control Issue 129 www.windmill.co.uk April 2009 --------------------ISSN 1472-0221---------------------- Welcome to Monitor, the data acquisition newsletter. I hope you find it useful, but should you wish to remove yourself from our mailing list please go to http://www.windmill.co.uk/newsletter.html CONTENTS ======== * 7 Ways to reduce the size of a Powerpoint presentation * DAQ News Roundup * Data Acquisition and Control Exhibitions ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ 7 Ways to Reduce the Size of the Powerpoint File ________________________________________________________ There may be times when you need to present your measurement findings using Powerpoint. If you are not careful then Powerpoint presentations can quickly become very large files. Here are 7 ways to reduce your presentation size. 1. Insert pictures as files: don't copy and paste. Saves space, especially if you use the picture several times in the presentation. 2. Convert image files to jpg or gif as these are smaller than other formats such as bmp. Use jpg for photos and gif for pictures with large blocks of solid colour. 3. Generally your images don't need to be larger than 1024 × 768, as this is the most common resolution for laptop screens and projectors. If your image is just occupying part of the screen you can make it smaller. The smaller the images the smaller the Powerpoint presentation. 4. If using PowerPoint 2002 or later, you can compress images from within PowerPoint. Right-click the picture then click Format Picture > Picture tab > Compress. 5. Embedding fonts increases the file size. Think about whether you really need to embed the fonts. 6. When finished use the Save As command and save the presentation under the same name. 7. Disable the slide preview thumbnails. Go to the File menu, properties, Summary tab. Clear the Save Preview Picture check box at the bottom of the dialogue box and click OK. In PowerPoint 2007, from the Office menu choose Prepare and then Properties. From the Document Properties drop-down list, choose Advanced Properties to find the Summary tab. ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ DAQ News Roundup ________________________________________________________ Welcome to our roundup of the data acquisition and control news. If you would like to receive more timely DAQ news updates then grab our RSS newsfeed at http://www.windmillsoft.com/monitor.xml. Read http://www.windmill.co.uk/newsfeed.php for notes on how to display the news on your own web site, read it via e-mail, mobile phone or in your browser. Measuring Bond Strength The speed at which heat moves between two materials touching each other, shows how strongly they are bonded to each other - according to a new study. Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Bionic penguins take to the water - and the skies Robotic penguins swim through the water as gracefully as their living counterparts - the design could help improve the grip of industrial robots. Source: New Scientist Embedded cameras propel image sensor market Continued uptake of cameras in mobile phones and notebook PCs is driving growth in the area-array image sensor market, reports In-Stat Source: In-Stat Ocean-Going Robotic Submarine Returns Scientists are celebrating the first successful deployment and retrieval in Australia of a remotely controlled, deep ocean-going robotic submarine. The submarine's sensors measure temperature and salinity, as well a range of biological parameters including oxygen and turbidity. Source: SCUBA Diving News High-tech speed bump detects damage to Army vehicles Researchers have developed a technology that detects damage to critical suspension components in military vehicles simply by driving over a speed-bump-like "diagnostic cleat" containing sensors. The speed bump is equipped with triaxial accelerometer sensors. The system measures vibrations created by a vehicle's tires. Damage is detected in the tires, wheel bearings and suspension components by using signal processing software to interpret the sensor data. Source: Purdue University ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Data Acquisition Exhibitions and Conferences ________________________________________________________ The busy exhibition season is approaching so here's a list of exhibitions around the world related to data acquisition and control. QUALIMETRICS 2009 1 May Valencia Spain Quality, calibration, metrology and instrumentation fair. http://www.allweatherinc.com/ I2MTC 2009 May 5-7, 2009 Singapore IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference - http://imtc.ieee-ims.org/ SENSOR + TEST 2009 26-28 May Nuremberg Germany International trade fair for Sensors, transducers and systems. http://www.sensor-test.com/page/en Water Sofia - 2009 26-29 May Sophia Bulgaria Includes data acquisition, software, measurement, control equipment and laboratory services. http://www.exponet.ru/ Automation Vietnam 2009 28-30 May Hanoi Vietnam International factory automation and material handling technology exhibition and conference. On alongside Nepcon electronics manufacturing exhibition. http://www.vietnammanufacturingexpo.com/ SIEE – Pollutec 2009 1-4 June 2009 Algiers Algeria 5th International exhibition of equipment and services for water. http://www.siee-pollutec.com/ FIEE Elétrica 1-5 June 2009 Sao Paulo Brazil International electrical, energy and automation industry trade fair. http://www.fiee.com.br/ Automation Shanghai 2-4 June Shanghai China Industrial automation and control exhibition running alongside test, measurement and sensor exhibition. http://www.iacexpo.com/en/index.html Nepcon Malaysia 2009 15-17 June Penang Malaysia PCB/SMT, components, support services, testing and measurement. http://www.nepcon.com.my/ Expolab 17-19 June Shanghai China The 59th China laboratory technology and equipment exhibition. http://www.expolab.com.cn/ Congres International de Metrologie 22-25 June Paris France Focuses on the improvement of measurement processes to guarantee product and process quality. http://www.metrologie2009.com/ Automated Manufacturing and Assembly Technology 25-28 June Bangkok Thailand Data acquisition equipment, automation elements, instrumentation and plant monitoring systems. http://www.assemblytechexpo.com/ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ * Copyright Windmill Software Ltd * Reprinting permitted with this notice included * For more articles see http://www.windmill.co.uk We are happy for you to copy and distribute this newsletter, and use extracts from it on your own web site or publication, providing the above notice is included and a link back to our website is in place. 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