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    Default How do I create a cross platform presentation similar to a powerpoint pps

    I am not sure if this should be in this forum or the multimedia forum but I will start here.

    I would like to create some presentations which are basically an automatically running slide show with an audio track. I would like it to be easy to create. I also want to distribute it via e-mail and to run irrespective of the receivers O.S.

    I can create the presentation with impress but openoffice is not found on too many computers. It also has a problem that it links to and does not embed the audio files. The lack of embedding makes e-mailing and the use of impress presentations on a network unattractive.

    Impress can export to powerpoint format but again it does not seem to embed the audio files.

    I have tried impress export to flash but it did not autoplay and there was no audio.

    Has anyone got any ideas about how to create such a presentation other than using a windows machine with powerpoint. I just want to send a single file and for it to work without having to be unzipped or having to instal additional software on the majority of linux, windows and mac machines

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    Default Re: How do I create a cross platform presentation similar to a powerpoint pps

    I don't use M$ office.
    So are you saying: open-office can read M$ format but
    M$ office can't read the open format?
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    Default Re: How do I create a cross platform presentation similar to a powerpointpps

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    I'm not sure how to make it auto-start like a .pps file, but in my quick
    testing when I embedded an audio file it was actually inside the .odp file
    properly. This is probably similar to how you can add images... if you do
    them incorrectly then they are merely links to your filesystem (typically
    not what you want as it's not portable) but they can be included in the
    file. Use the Insert menu and then choose a sound (or image if doing
    images). I THINK (but am not sure) that I've seen the symptom you
    described when just dragging images (and in your case, audio) into a
    document from somewhere else in the system.

    Good luck.






    On 12/30/2010 08:06 AM, vindevienne wrote:
    >
    > I am not sure if this should be in this forum or the multimedia forum
    > but I will start here.
    >
    > I would like to create some presentations which are basically an
    > automatically running slide show with an audio track. I would like it to
    > be easy to create. I also want to distribute it via e-mail and to run
    > irrespective of the receivers O.S.
    >
    > I can create the presentation with impress but openoffice is not found
    > on too many computers. It also has a problem that it links to and does
    > not embed the audio files. The lack of embedding makes e-mailing and the
    > use of impress presentations on a network unattractive.
    >
    > Impress can export to powerpoint format but again it does not seem to
    > embed the audio files.
    >
    > I have tried impress export to flash but it did not autoplay and there
    > was no audio.
    >
    > Has anyone got any ideas about how to create such a presentation other
    > than using a windows machine with powerpoint. I just want to send a
    > single file and for it to work without having to be unzipped or having
    > to instal additional software on the majority of linux, windows and mac
    > machines
    >
    >

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    Default Re: How do I create a cross platform presentation similar to a powerpointpps

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    Probably true. I thought there was a plugin out there, but I do not think
    it is there by default in the latest versions of microsoft office.
    microsoft has a hard time implementing all kinds of easily-implemented
    open technologies. Filesystems are typically a problem too (Linux doesn't
    use NTFS by default of course, though it can read/write to it; windows
    cannot read/write to anything except NTFS and FAT, its own filesystems).
    The irony of the failure to implement these is pretty high, but that's the
    perk of being a convicted monopolist on multiple continents.

    Good luck.





    On 12/30/2010 08:36 AM, caf4926 wrote:
    >
    > I don't use M$ office.
    > So are you saying: open-office can read M$ format but
    > M$ office can't read the open format?
    >
    >

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    I don't use M$ office.
    So are you saying: open-office can read M$ format but
    M$ office can't read the open format?
    What I am saying is that when I create a ppt or pps file form openoffice and ship it to a windows box it opens and plays but without the sound. I don't have powerpoint but I believe that powerpoint gives the option of including or linking to the media file and I suspect that openoffice generates a pps or ppt with a link rather than including the media file. There is an odf extension available for MS office. Even if I got people to install this I would still have create a directory, put the audio file(s) in it then create the presentation in it and then zip it up before e-mailing it. The recipient would then have to unzip it onto their hard disk before being able to play it. This is not pretty.

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    Default Re: How do I create a cross platform presentation similar to a powerpoint pps

    What I am saying is that when I create a ppt or pps file form openoffice and ship it to a windows box it opens and plays but without the sound
    You mean it doesn't play in M$Office?
    Does it play in OpenOffice in Windows
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    Quote Originally Posted by ab@novell.com View Post
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    I'm not sure how to make it auto-start like a .pps file, but in my quick
    testing when I embedded an audio file it was actually inside the .odp file
    properly. This is probably similar to how you can add images... if you do
    them incorrectly then they are merely links to your filesystem (typically
    not what you want as it's not portable) but they can be included in the
    file. Use the Insert menu and then choose a sound (or image if doing
    images). I THINK (but am not sure) that I've seen the symptom you
    described when just dragging images (and in your case, audio) into a
    document from somewhere else in the system.

    Good luck.






    On 12/30/2010 08:06 AM, vindevienne wrote:
    >
    > I am not sure if this should be in this forum or the multimedia forum
    > but I will start here.
    >
    > I would like to create some presentations which are basically an
    > automatically running slide show with an audio track. I would like it to
    > be easy to create. I also want to distribute it via e-mail and to run
    > irrespective of the receivers O.S.
    >
    > I can create the presentation with impress but openoffice is not found
    > on too many computers. It also has a problem that it links to and does
    > not embed the audio files. The lack of embedding makes e-mailing and the
    > use of impress presentations on a network unattractive.
    >
    > Impress can export to powerpoint format but again it does not seem to
    > embed the audio files.
    >
    > I have tried impress export to flash but it did not autoplay and there
    > was no audio.
    >
    > Has anyone got any ideas about how to create such a presentation other
    > than using a windows machine with powerpoint. I just want to send a
    > single file and for it to work without having to be unzipped or having
    > to instal additional software on the majority of linux, windows and mac
    > machines
    >
    >

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    I have openoffice 3.2.1.4. Say I want create a presentation with a series of slides with the slides automatically changing every x seconds and with an audio track running from the display of the second slide upto but not including the last slide

    I go the the first slide select transitions. I set autochange and the delay, select no sound and then apply it to all the slides.

    I go to slide 2 and the transistions, I select the sound from file and an mp3 file. I select loop sound

    I go to the last slide and transitions and select stop sound

    I hit f5 and the presentation runs and plays the soundtrack through the presentation

    If I open the odp file with arc there is no media folder containing the sound file

    I then creat a pps or ppt. I can't test the pps or ppt on my linux machine as the thsi version novell of oo is broken and does not play sound for pps files. I then go to a windows machine and play the pps which runs without sound.

    What have I done incorrectly. It is clear that oo can embed sound in the odp file as the pps import does that. I suspect that it gets moved to the gallery for playback. I have a gallery full of wav files put there by oo 3.0 from playing back pps files.

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    Default Re: How do I create a cross platform presentation similar to a powerpointpps

    vindevienne wrote:
    > be easy to create. I also want to distribute it via e-mail and to run
    > irrespective of the receivers O.S.


    i believe until Microsoft, Apple and open source agree to work and
    play well together you are not going to be successful with your task,
    especially not easy to creat..

    until they decided to support each others proprietary formats you
    always run into not-easy road blocks....and, both Apple and MS *want*
    it that way..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vindevienne View Post
    I have openoffice 3.2.1.4. Say I want create a presentation with a series of slides with the slides automatically changing every x seconds and with an audio track running from the display of the second slide upto but not including the last slide
    AFAIK you cannot have background audio playing because each sound is associated with a particular slide and stops automatically once you change the slide. You can associate a sound with a whole slide and have elements of the slide opening up while it is playing but that is the nearest thing you will get to being able to play anything semi-continuously.

    If you want to create a cross-platform presentation, create your presentation in Impress and then save as .swf

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    AFAIK you cannot have background audio playing because each sound is associated with a particular slide and stops automatically once you change the slide. You can associate a sound with a whole slide and have elements of the slide opening up while it is playing but that is the nearest thing you will get to being able to play anything semi-continuously.

    If you want to create a cross-platform presentation, create your presentation in Impress and then save as .swf
    Not true. There are lots of pps files that do exactly this and if you do what I did in post 7 you will get a presentation with the sound that plays across slides. Also as I stated earlier I exported to flash (.swf) and this resulted in a presentation that 1) did not play automatically and 2) did not have any sound even on the creating system.

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