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Hi :)
If you use Synaptic to search then maybe spend some time looking at the "lib" files.  normally i 
skae past them without even a glance but sometimes they have useful things for pulling 2 apps 
together or adding unusual functionality into an app.  It also might be worth trying to search the 
Although i did try quite a few and didn't get any results so maybe don't bother this time but it 
often is useful.  it might be better this time to find the OpenOffice Extensions and search them.  
With any luck it might work in LO too or the dev might respond quickly with an update or idea.  

Good luck!
Regards from 

Tom :)  

From: Brewster Gillett <>
Sent: Saturday, 4 May 2013, 17:55
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Impress query

On Sat, 2013-05-04 at 17:39 +0100, Tom Davies wrote:
Now that the question has been asked i find it unbelievable that no-one has thought
of it before!  It might even have kept me awake during some presentations or made
me aware that i didn't have time to write it all down (which i only tend to do 
to try to keep awake).  If there could be different options such as a progress-bar
(like when loading heavy web-pages or installing programs) or a "launch count down" 
in the last 5-10 seconds or something.  


Thanks for getting it, Tom. The application, in this case, is a trivia
tournament; but any time you're using a projected presentation in any
kind of a testing, or question-presenting mode, that has timing, it 
would be of potential value. Like you, I am amazed that it seemingly
hasn't come up before.

I've had Synaptic download and install every little clock app I could
find, and am going to evaluate them to see which if any might be
adaptable to the task. I suspect the sticking point will be instructing
the countdown timer to reset itself and restart. I somehow doubt that
there are any that are designed to do that. I'm probably also going to
find that (1) many of them won't have a countdown function, and
(2) many won't provide a scalable digital display. 

We'll see. 

Meanwhile, like you, I sort of feel that any presentation app should
natively include such a function.


"[Sen. Robert Byrd] has become a hero to the Old New Left, 
many of whom seem to have gone from the SDS to the AARP 
without experiencing a single adult thought. "

        Zed Chafets, _New York Daily News_ October 2002
W. Brewster Gillett              Portland, OR  USA
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