Anyway to get Activex for Powerpoint?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by twwilso, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. twwilso macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2007
    i'm a recent mac convert (over 1 year now), and i've been slowly converting my family and friends over. one of my friends is just seconds away from buying a new macbook, but he's run into a problem. he has powerpoint files that he wants to view on the mac side, but he gets an error stating that "Powerpoint does not support Active X."

    is there any way to get this to work on the mac side? i spend several hours before this trying to convince him that ppt files will work exactly the same on the mac and then the first file he tries fails this one slide. :(

    i've searched the forum and so far i'm not very hopeful this can work unless he installs windows in bootcamp or parallels. but anything that can be done to get this to work without it, i would love to hear about it!

    thanks for any help.

  2. Squonk macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2005
    It sounds to me like the source PPT is beyond a basic powerpoint presentation. Maybe it has some video files in there? I swap PPT files between mac and pc often without a problem. Since this file is calling or an ActiveX control, there may also be some VBScript going on in the background. Sure, installing bootcamp, windows, and office for windows would alleviate this problem. But, having windows installed and running MacPowerPoint will not remedy this error from coming up.

    This might help explain it.
  3. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Most PowerPoint presentations work with the Mac version, but ActiveX is proprietary Microsoft code. It should run under Windows, but if you're converting people to the Mac you should probably also convert them to Keynote.

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