The Open Office Experiment Continues

I wrote earlier about a grand experiment with Open Office that I’ve been trying. Today, the experiment kicked in to full gear with the arrival of our two laptops. After setting up one of them, including an install of Open Office 2.3, I only had a chance to open a couple of files and see how they worked out. I was quite disappointed to see that Impress didn’t handle automatic slide transitions in a PowerPoint presentation. Impress showed the settings to be set to advancing the slides every 10 seconds, but it just didn’t actually do it.

This leaves me with a couple of options, first, I could use Microsoft’s free PowerPoint Viewer when they are actually running the presentation, with Impress there in case they need to make last minute edits. Secondly, if we think using two different programs in that way is too confusing, I could try to figure out what I need to do to the PPT in order for the slides to work properly. I think the other deciding factor might be presentation remotes. If ours don’t work with Impress properly, I may have no choice but to switch to using the viewer for presenting.

We’ll see as the tests continue.

If anyone has any ideas on the problem, feel free to leave a comment!

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