Animating A Short Story in Powerpoint

The story of the Thirsty Crow was something that I grew up with in India. And I learned later in life, it is a pretty universal story that teaches kids and adults the lessons of persistence, hard work, and smart work. As MoralStories.org calls out:

Moral: Think and work hard, you may find solution to any problem.

I am not going to touch upon why I did it, but I wanted to animate a well known short story. And, “The Thirsty Crow” came to mind immediately. I had no intention of spending any money on the Adobe Creative Suite. But I do/did have a personal M365 subscription, and PowerPoint installed on my Mac. Moreover, I have had some experience with using animations and inking on Powerpoint for Mac — but for slide decks at work. I figured that this was just a short story, and so, I rolled up my sleeves and produced this:

I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself! “Well done me!”

Paul Hollywood says, “Yeah, Well done!”
“Yeah, Well done!”

In fact, I was/am so excited by the prospect that Powerpoint could help me do this — and I cannot draw to save my own life — that I decided to share the deck that i used to create the video above. Here goes the powerpoint deck:

I legitimately doubt that anyone will find it useful. And I do think that this is all trivial.

But I do find it remarkable. 🤩

Hope you enjoy the video! 🪶

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researcher • software • program analysis . debugging • UCI • blogger • software visualizations • Microsoft • Views my own • https://medium.com/cfh-during-wfh

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Vijay Krishna Palepu

Vijay Krishna Palepu

researcher • software • program analysis . debugging • UCI • blogger • software visualizations • Microsoft • Views my own • https://medium.com/cfh-during-wfh

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