Powerpoint readable on mac?

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  1. Switched macrumors newbie

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    I'm buying my first mac in the very near future. My question is, can powerpoint presentations be viewed on a mac without installing office?

    I'm on a windows machine now which doesn't have powerpoint installed and it won't even let me view the presentation :eek: . This is only important as lecture notes for my university course are only available as powerpoint presentations..
     
  2. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    If you dont want to get Office, you can get iWork, which will work. But if you dont pay any money there is some sort of free alteneritive to office, but I forget what its called :eek:
     
  3. d wade macrumors 65816

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    i just found out about iwork today. friend said it has a better 'word' and better 'powerpoint.' is iwork free? i already bought office:mac, just curious though.
     
  4. it5five macrumors 65816

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    Most people find Microsoft Word better than Pages, but an overwhelming amount of people think Keynote is WAY WAY better than PowerPoint.

    iWork isn't free, I think its $69. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

    EDIT: this was in reference to what d wade asked.
     
  5. Switched thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I should have been more clear.

    I would just like to know if my new mac (when I get it) will be able to display the PP without me needing to install office?

    I do not wish to create PP, just display it as my lecture notes are only available to download as PP.
     
  6. badmofo9000 macrumors regular

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  7. Switched thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sweet, that program looks alright ;). Thanks for your responses everyone.
     
  8. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    OpenOffice/NeoOffice, free alternatives to Mac:Office, should be able to open and also edit them.

    ::20ROGERSC::
     
  9. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    Unless I'm mistaken, you need to run open office under x11, which most people feel odd doing.

    S.O.T.: I like powerpoint's features, and the palette but simple things like making text boxes is funky. Re-ajusting things is a pain too.
     
  10. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Then get NeoOffice, which I have seen a lot of threads about lately. It's not that great of a program, but it is free so give it a shot.
     
  11. iSaint macrumors 603

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    There should also be a Powerpoint viewer for Mac on the Microsoft support site.

    This is what I found.
     

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