Stippled lines in PowerPoint 2007

After posting about PowerPoint’s difficulties with circles and straight lines, I’ve now found it also has a problem with patterns and zoom. See the first image, where the stippling of the two lines is exactly parallel, viewed at 400% zoom. Also note that the arrow is pointing from one “stipple” to another, which is more aesthetically pleasing than having the arrow stuck between stipples, or half on one stipple.

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Then see the next figure, where the same scene is viewed at 200% magnification:

stippled200.gif

Now, the base of the arrow is only half on one stipple. Not what I was seeing before. Why would I bother to look at a higher magnification if what I’m seeing at that magnification is not representative of the final image? Absolute shambles.

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Circles with text in PowerPoint 2007

Seek and ye shall find… here are some 6mm diameter circles with text inside (hint: try and cover up the last three to see if you think the first two are really centered):

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And finally, to show conclusively that even the “centered” setting is broken:

4mm diameter circle with text as drawn by Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.

If you left-align it at this size, you can actually make the text go outside the circle:

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