Powerpoint to Keynote Conversion

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tmwayne, May 6, 2012.

  1. tmwayne macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2012
    I've seen several threads on this but I don't see the solution I'm looking for:

    I use Powerpoint (PC) and Keynote on my iPad for sales presentations. The problem - corporate rules dictate we refrain from altering approved presentation material for several reasons but most of all to maintain brand integrity.

    When I send PPT presentations to myself - open them up in Keynote - the problematic formatting renders the presentation unusable for customer facing presentations.

    At the very least, I would like to be able to globally reformat the fonts to fit the presentation screen on my iPad. Is there a rapid way to perform this function - or must I take the tedious steps of reformatting the slides individually?
  2. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    You can run Windows on an iPad via OnLive desktop and run PowerPoint from their server.


    BTW i do what you describe a lot at work - The main formatting issues i run into is fonts and bullets not being the same. Fortunately we are not such a stickler on fonts and bullets. As long as the logo and colors are there we are fine with it.
  3. Bobby.e macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
  4. Sylon macrumors 68020


    Feb 26, 2012
    Michigan/Ohio, USA
    You could also try uploading it to Dropbox as a .PPT and accessing it from there with your iPad. Dropbox should be able to display the .PPT without the ability to alter the presentation.

    But Ive had that issue before with Keynote, thats the classic Windows-Mac conversion that never seems to work quite right.
  5. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Another possibility is to save as PDF. you won't be and to edit them on the iPad, but they will at least look the same.
  6. Coltaine macrumors regular


    Jan 7, 2012
    Conversion to PDF ist the only solution that has ever properly worked for me in this case.
    There is no possibility of transitions, but - as stated above - at least the slides will look the same.

    I love Office for Mac, I use it all the time.
    But the compatibility to Keynote / Numbers / Pages on the iPad is really poor.
    I would love it, if Microsoft brought Office to the iPad with full compatibility.

    Until then, I will use the PDF solution, it necessary.
  7. jlc1978, Jun 22, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2012

    jlc1978 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2009
    The PDF solution is the most robust and least time consuming one I've found. If you must have transitions and animations then you'll need to convert and repair any busted slides to run it in Keynote.
    Even the pdf conversion isn't always trouble free so always test run any presentation to be sure it works.
    I like to use remarks to run PDFs since it allows markup as well.
  8. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
    I convert to PDF. The only time that doing PPT to PDF becomes an issue is with animations within the PPT otherwise PDF is fine.
  9. Abazigal, Jun 22, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2012

    Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    You could try saving the ppt file as a quicktime movie file (which should play on your ipad without problems), but I imagine you might have less control over the pace of the presentation. In the very least, it can help preserve the animations?

    I do know of an app called slideshark, but have no experience with it. It does however, require you to upload files online before you can view them, and I imagine your company will have issues with that.
  10. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010
    I have also been converting to PDF, altough I the Keynote conversion is not too bad. But lots of font replacements!

    The only annoying thing to me is that when I view PDFs in iBooks, they have grey bars on the left and right sides since the slide dimension ratio is not the same as the screen. Wish I could just have black on the side.
  11. jlc1978 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2009
    I've had layout issues with fonts - especially within shapes where the text was nicely aligned and all in the shape in ppt but got messed up in PDF. It may be a font replacement issue.

    I've also had issues with embedded video and hyperlinks.

    As a result, I always verify the conversion and do not simply assume it went fine and the file is perfect.
  12. erasr macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    Ahhh, the most annoying part of my working day!
    I'm in sales too, I do the training, and I'm tired of having to edit ppp's converted from keynotes because managers only have PCs.
  13. JMountainDew macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2012
    I recently downloaded the SlideShark app and am finally able to show powerpoint presentations through my ipad EXACTLY as they appear through my windows laptop, including all animations and sounds. Yes, you do need to upload onto their website, then download into the app. 100mb storage free.
  14. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005

    Slideshark is great.
  15. backomir macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012
    I was facing exactly the same problems with my powerpoint presentations, but found a great little app that displays them properly on the iPad. It's called Presentation Note and has cool features like a laser pointer, speaker's notes, timer, whiteboard, gesture based slide change, can be connected to a projector and display different screens for you and the audience etc.
    However, I recommend that you always use their custom service for processing presentations since it's far more accurate than the generic one.
  16. pmbooks macrumors regular


    May 23, 2005
    Slideshark dumbed down the fonts, alas. (sad face)

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