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On Tue, 28 Feb 2012, e-letter wrote:

On 28/02/2012, Roger Sawkins <> wrote:

I have Powerpoint on one machine and LibreOffice on another. I want to be
able to edit and save PowerPoints on either machine. However, when loading
Ppt in Presentation it does not always convert font and layout properly.
Occasional tabs or spaces are missing or duplicated; occasional text boxes
have text outside the slide, etc.

Your are wasting your time. Make a cost-benefit analysis and decide
whether to use either LO or m$; do not bother trying to use both.

Are we being rude today ?

The case Roger describes is something we all encounter when exporting/importing PPT documents. And while we do not control how (various) Microsoft products behave when using ODF, we can undoubtedly do a better job at making sure the import from and export to PPT (and PPTX) is smoother.

If in this case some problems are related to font issues, maybe the import filter can warn about lacking the right fonts (maybe even indicate which ones these are) and the rendering problems this may cause.

And if this is something Roger wants to help (waste time?) on, who are we to decide whether that is useful or not. Instead of providing no hope to users, I would prefer if we would clarify how users can help developers improve our product.

In this case creating simple and straight-forward examples that go wrong during import or export, and creating bugs for each looks like an easy way for users to spend their time helping developers find use-cases to improve. And I can attest that this has worked well for me in the past.

So can we be a bit more polite next time and provide hope, rather than despair ? ;-)

-- dag wieers,,
-- dagit linux solutions,,

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