We use PowerPoint in my company and I agree with many experts (eg Edward Tufte) that PP helps deaden thinking and discourage good content. I have the chance to help influence some of our usage standards and am seeking resources.
One kind of resource I’d like is technical discussion of what’s going on inside PowerPoint. For example, how do you prepare and import graphics so that PP does not have to resample the pixels, worsening its already poor resolution? And how does this change depending on the PC and projection system you’ll encounter once your’re up at the podium? Why do templates sometimes corrupt font and symbol choices, remap color palettes, and so forth, and how do you predict and avoid such disasters? How do you get items in a template, such as legal disclaimers at the bottom of each slide, to go in front of the slide content (PP’s Bring to Front doesn’t do it)? I typically use PowerPoint to show graphics on a “blank” slide layout, without any special effects - that is, I use a minimum of PowerPoint features. But even for this it often fails.
The other kind of resource is the sort of stylistic criticism Tufte has already popularized. I know of his resources, but what else is there in that vein?