The complex animations all use motion paths in different ways.......
- Motion Paths: Two things make the difference between simple animations and complex ones. The first is, well, complexity. Put lots of simple animations together and the outcome is necessarily more complex. The other is motion paths. Motion paths give you complete freedom to move objects around on a slide wherever you want.
- Move and Replace: This is the secret to long and complicated animation sequences. Move an object and then replace it with an identical copy. Trust me, it does make sense.
- Motion paths in combination with other effects: Animate a skeleton, mimic the control of ventilation, make a TARDIS vanish into the distance.... anything is possible.
- Using animation techniques to create more interactive presentations: Using animation effects to respond to audience input.
Appear and disappear.
The turning point in native powerPoint animation came in 2002 with the indroduction of the first "EXIT" animations. Now objects could be made to disappear as well as appear. It might not be immediately obvious, but this made more complicated animation sequences possible. Game on!