Help choosing an alternative to PowerPoint that will churn out reports

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  1. johnbro23 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a part of an investment group at my school, Penn State. Students manage a $4.7 million portfolio of 40-50 stocks, with 65 individual investors. Anyway, we put out PDF reports to our investors on a weekly basis. I've attached an image of our reports - it's 50 pages or so that look very similar to this.

    PowerPoint is an awful program to use for this. We spend most of our time manually adding mindless information and format graphs, that could easily be pulled from the internet. Any suggestions for a program that will produce better reports? I'm thinking Adobe Illustrator, but the catch is that all 30 undergraduate fund managers need to work on this. Making all of them buy a copy of Illustrator probably won't work.

    So what do you think? Any input is greatly appreciated.
     

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  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Have you tried Pages? It handles graphics pretty fluidly, though 50 pages worth may slow it down a bit. You can always download the trial and see how it goes...
     
  3. johnbro23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Pages would be great, but it's Mac only. Almost all 30 fund managers contribute to the weekly report, so it's unreasonable to expect them to go to a Mac computer lab on campus every week to do the report. The whole point of changing formats is to save everyone about 30 minutes a week.
     
  4. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Remind me why you're asking for advice in the Apple Software -> Mac Applications forum again?

    If it needs to be platform agnostic, someone else will have to help you.
     
  5. johnbro23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right, that's a good point. I'm a Mac user, too. But I'd imagine that there are plenty of apps that can accomplish this task that are on Mac and PC. Pages just happens to be one of the few apps that is found only on one operating system.
     
  6. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    Never never never imagine this in a market that Microsoft has a strong hold on!:D
     
  7. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Although Gochogolpher made a very valid point of the OP posting in the wrong forum if he expects software help outside of Macs the but OP could try Open Office or Neo Office which supports presentation software however not as good as Keynote or Powerpoint but it's an alternative that runs on both Macs and PC's.

    Not sure why people were recommending Pages as a Powerpoint alternative, Pages is a Word equivalent.
     
  8. longwood macrumors regular

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    Agreed. I think maybe they are thinking of Numbers?
     
  9. johnbro23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking that PowerPoint is in the wrong category of applications for this type of task. The finished product is a 50 page PDF report, so it really doesn't make sense to use presentation software. Maybe Adobe Acrobat would be our best bet?
     
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    Keynote

    Numbers is in the same category as excel

    Acrobat isn't for creating content. What about word?
     
  11. longwood macrumors regular

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    Although I was able to get some nice graphs/spreadsheets which were then exported as PDFs.
     
  12. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I don't think what the OP wants is a PP alternative, I think what they want is something to create 50 page PDFs in a page layout style program. Since they said InDesign wasn't a good option I recommended Pages.
     

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