Powerpoint and .Doc

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  1. blckout20 macrumors member

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    So I just started college and a lot of my professors will put up our work online for us to do but it is usually presented in a powerpoint presentation or in .doc format and they want us to do powerpoint presentations for differant projects to present in class. How would you recommend I handle this situation? I'd prefer to not run windows on my computer since I don't have the HD space for the OS.
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    Microsoft Office for Mac? Student and Teacher Edition since you qualify?

    has:
    Word
    PowerPoint
    Excel
    Entourage


    and its a shame that professors are using these proprietary formats. not every student is going to have access to Office and what not. would be much better to use .pdf or .rtf files.
     
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  4. blckout20 thread starter macrumors member

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    OK that's what I figured but I wasn't posative that that would do exactly what I needed it too. But I'll go pick up a copy of it today. And yea, it sucks that they use all this crap. They should be making keynote presentations.
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yeah you shouldn't have any compatiblity problems at all going this route.

    Keynote for presentations would make them very slick indeed. could send 'em to students as QT files.... thats just for dreamers though. :p
     
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  7. jtt macrumors regular

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    Isn't it amazing how many companies and institutions still do not accept .pdf's?
     
  8. nplima macrumors 6502a

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    A R G H !!!!

    Don't do that without trying Openoffice.org first. It's not only my experience, many people have realised that .DOC files have more compatibility problems opening in different versions of MS Office than they do when you use OpenOffice.

    Another interesting extras:
    1) MS Office automatically opens Powerpoint ".pps" files in fullscreen mode, whereas Openoffice.org allows you to edit them even if the author did not intend you to ;)
    2) with Openoffice.org you get a drawing program that is quite good
    3) Booo! Microsoft! Booooooo! :D
    4) Openoffice.org sells at a very reasonable price point.
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    It's easy enough to change the extension back to .PPT too. ;)

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  10. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    Thought the thing was free, correct me if I'm wrong.

    Edit: or did you just forget the ;) ?
     
  11. balamw Moderator

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    Free's pretty reasonable, no?

    Anyhow for the OP. for your own "PowerPoint" presentations you could probably still do them in Keynote and turn in a PDF. Full PPT compatibility is only an issue if you need to work on a file with someone.

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