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On 06/13/2012 08:32 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Educational institutions and students can sometimes get discounts as do some charitable 

I think my route would be to try to set-up the template in LibreOffice but use the .otp (native 
ODF template format) for the main original, then use that to Save As a .pot rather than a .potX 
to create one that MS Office can open and then use MS Office to tweak the .pot to fix any 
problems.  Scott has more experience with doing presentations tho but that is what i would do for 
spreadsheets or word-processor files.  

Regards from
Tom :)  

--- On Wed, 13/6/12, Scott <> wrote:

From: Scott <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] PowerPoint templates and choice of .pot vs .potx?
Date: Wednesday, 13 June, 2012, 23:14

On Wednesday June 13, 2012 1:27 pm avamk wrote:

My group is in the process of setting up a slideshow template, and
unfortunately for practical reasons need to save it as a PowerPoint

My question is twofold:

(1) What are some of your experiences in opening and using PowerPoint
templates in LibreOffice? I prefer saving in the template in a format that I
can reasonably expect good support for in LibreOffice.
Templates created in PowerPoint, regardless of the file format, often have 
issues in LibreOffice. The most common issues I have encountered are elements 
that are misplaced on the slide and font effects that do not transfer to 
LibreOffice from PowerPoint. But the most faithful reproduction seems to occur 
when using ppt files, regardless of whether they were created from a pot or a 
potx. pptx files are not as well-supported under LibreOffice as .ppt files are. 
But that's just my experience using a couple of templates I created in 
PowerPoint 2010.

(2) We prefer a format that is as future proof as possible (in terms of
consistent look and format using it between different software, Micro$oft or
otherwise). With that in mind, which of the following would be a better
choice? Microsoft PowerPoint 97/Xp/2000/2003 Template (*.pot), Microsoft
PowerPoint 2007/2010 XML Template (*.potx), or Office Open XML Presentation
Template (*.potm; *.potx)?
That's a difficult question to give a blanket answer for. It will depend on what 
features you include in your template. You will need to ensure that the fonts 
you use are available on all systems where the templates will be used, for 
instance. Your templates will need to be tested on all the software where it 
will be used to ensure that formatting is consistent. This could be an ongoing 

One thing you might consider is whether you need the presentation in any of 
those formats. PowerPoint and Libreoffice can export presentations to PDF, which 
can be presented with some limited transition effects in many PDF viewers. Not 
many viewers offer a presentation mode with suitable features, though. Okular 
seems to have the best presentation mode among the PDF viewers I have tested, 
and there is a Windows version of that available from

Our work environment consists mainly of computers running Micro$oft
PowerPoint 2010, a couple with PowerPoint 2007, and only one with
LibreOffice 3.5. (Unfortunately switching all to LibreOffice is not
practical for numerous reasons that I wish weren't true, but beyond the
scope of this email.)
You will have far fewer headaches by obtaining an Office license for the one 
machine that doesn't have it than to try to make all presentation programs 
happy with whatever format is the least common denominator, unfortunately.

Jay Lozier

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