Powerpoint readable on mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Switched, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. Switched macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2006
    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

    Apr 16, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    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

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    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


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    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

    May 5, 2006
    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

    Feb 14, 2005
    Shores of Lake Michigan
  7. Switched thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2006
    Sweet, that program looks alright ;). Thanks for your responses everyone.
  8. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    OpenOffice/NeoOffice, free alternatives to Mac:Office, should be able to open and also edit them.

  9. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada
    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


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    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


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    There should also be a Powerpoint viewer for Mac on the Microsoft support site.

    This is what I found.

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