Pete Freitag Pete Freitag Presentation

Updated on November 14, 2023
By Pete Freitag

I'm working on a web services / service oriented architecture presentation for my local CFUG, and since I never got around to installing Office, I've been using Open Office.

So far I'm impressed with OpenOffice's presentation tool (called simply: Presentation I think). I find it easier to use the PowerPoint, and I don't see any reason to use power point in the future.

One area I found to be lacking was the pre-built presentation templates, there are only a few to choose from. But don't worry OpenOffice still has all the annoying features, such as animations, and transitions!

The coolest feature in my opinion you can export your presentations to swf's (Macromedia Flash), or PDF. That's nice since to my knowledge there are no free ppt viewers for OSX (that I have found anyways). You can open PPT files with OOo, but you can't them with OOo. That's not a big deal though, since swf is a better vehicle for sharing presentations on the web IMHO. Presentation was first published on April 13, 2004.

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I've prepared my last three presentations in Open Office (1.1.0 -- just installed 1.1.1, which I believe is mainly a bug-fix release) and I have had no complaints.

Glad to meet a fellow Open Officer (hmm, now *that* sounds kinky!) :)
by aral on 04/13/2004 at 4:29:03 AM UTC
I have been trying to use the presentation feature of Openoffice but am running into a few problems. Any help on how to put Music into slide shows would be appreciated. I can insert sound files, but they do not last throughout the program. Any info on how to insert music and have it last throughout the whole presentation would be appreciated.
by Jeff on 07/03/2004 at 3:01:23 PM UTC
plz send me ppt presentation for open office in which presentation on writer,clac,ect
by zeshan on 09/11/2004 at 4:42:22 PM UTC
Pete, thanx for your post about OpenOffice. We're trying to use CF to show OpenOffice docs(.doc, .xls, .rtf, and so on) with cfcontent tag and don't have success. OpenOffice 2.0 Beta changes the default(1.1+ versions) extension crashing our app. Do you have anymore tips or ideas about this? Thanx. MD
by Michel on 09/06/2005 at 6:51:19 PM UTC
Hi, Pete. I have the exact same problem as Michel. With OpenOffice 1.9.100/2.0 Beta my app does not work anymore. With 1.1.2 it was fine. I'm using cfcontent tag and CFMX 6.1 to display docs saved as ".doc" and ".xls" formats with OpenOffice. Any ideas? Thanks, Giovani.
by Giovani on 09/22/2005 at 10:34:11 AM UTC
Your text is not easy to understand re OOo.
Check it out and you will agree.
That's pertaining to *.ppt files etc.
by R. on 09/27/2008 at 9:18:16 AM UTC
Thanks Liam but the only problem is the thing that usually shows up I checked the box don't show this wizard again help
by Fabi Logan on 10/20/2008 at 2:31:21 PM UTC
Okay never mind I got it but now when I click insert>object sound is grayed out

Plz Help
by Fabi Logan on 10/20/2008 at 2:47:24 PM UTC
when looping a slide show, between the last slide and the first slide starting again I get a black screen with 'pause' and it counts down before going back to first slide, this happens on some but not all
by chigley on 10/22/2008 at 11:49:34 AM UTC