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Forces 033


Using Conveyors

Conveyors are an effective alternative to horizontal flows. The conveyor can illustrate many of the same messages as a flow – and more. Take a look at the Flash animation for this series to see an animated conveyor concept in action.

The download for this series has all the variations and is animated.

Download the two-slide animated example to see how a flow concept is formatted.

Customizing Conveyors

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the conveyors, you do it in one of two ways:

  1. Group and rescale (resize holding the shift key down). You will lose the animation formatting this way.
  2. Size the conveyor belt part and then resize the two wheel groups together and place inside the conveyor belt. This way you won't lose the animation formatting.

If you are using more than one framework in this series, import them both and size them at the same time. Then place each on their respective pages and begin customizations. They will be uniformly sized.

Color variations

Use colors from your template palette to color the wheels and the belt. Notice that the wheels have a gradient applied. If you want to keep that gradient, then apply the color within the gradient menu instead of just clicking on a new color.

PowerPoint 2007 options

There are no formatting advantages for this framework in PowerPoint 2007 unless you want to create a new wheel and apply a bevel to it.

3D variations

The wheels are already formatted with gradients to look 3D, so no 3D needs to be applied.


Be careful using shadows. They will tend to make the conveyor look less realistic if they are applied carelessly. Opt for no shadows to be safe.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

The gradients that area applied to the wheels make them look realistic and 3D. They also create a problem for animation. To get around this, the center section of the wheel – the spokes – are the only part of the wheel that is animated to spin. This way the gradient part of the wheel stays in place and continues to look as if light and shadows are correct.


Animate the inside of the wheel only, as mentioned above. Format the spoke part of the wheel to spin slowly. Format it to continue to spin until the end of the slide by clicking on Effect Options – Timing tab – Repeat – Until End of Slide – OK – OK. This way you can format your other animations for the slide and the wheel spinning won't get into your way. Download the animated example, which has two animation schemes for you to use/review.

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