Sluggish Powerpoint Performance

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Ron Geur, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. Ron Geur macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2006
    Let me start by saying that I am a "switcher" and overall very happy that I made the move.

    I give a lot of Powerpoint presentations at work and converted a few of them from Windoze PP to Mac PP. This morning I gave a lecture and it took over 5 min (I timed it) to open a 70MB PP file on my MacPro 2.33GHz C2D. I tried to open the same file on my MacPro 3GHz with 5GB of RAM and it took 3min and 45sec.

    Is this sluggishness due to Rosetta emulation? Never-the-less, I was surprised and disapointed that the process took so long. My 3y/o IBM T41 with 2GB of RAM opens the same file in less than 1min.

    Let me reiterate that I love OSX and have no desire to revert back to Windoze but is there anything that I might be doing wrong? Any tips to enhance performance? It is frustrating to have to switch between talks midstream and take so long to open the presentation.
  2. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Seems odd that it would take that long to open. Rosetta does cause a performance hit, but not that much of one. :eek:

    Perhaps, it is a sign that you need to switch to using Keynote. :p :D :)
  3. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    It shouldn't take that long.

    I've never had a PP file take more than a few seconds to open on my Powerbook 1.5ghz (pre-intel).

    Is it a complicated presentation with music, videos, links to Excel, direct embedding of various linked fileds, lots of whizzy stuff?
  4. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    I've heard/experienced that MSOffice doesn't like DIVX, 3ivx, Flip4Mac, and all that video-conversion stuff. They tend to disagree.

    I'd try deleting all of that video stuff and see if Powerpoint still lags.

    let us know how it goes!
  5. Ron Geur thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2006

    No music, video, links, etc, only jpeg images.
  6. Ron Geur thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2006
    No video

    Thanks for replying. I'm still trying to figure it out.
  7. Ron Geur thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2006
    Converting to keynote

    I've already got over 25 PP presentations that I simply update before the lecture. How hard is it to convert these to Keynote?

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