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Thanks, Joaquin. I did look at the Guide, but it must have been a different version; the instructions weren't as specific. Or, looking again at your quote, it might have been in a different section (principle is the same, but I'm doing a transition, not inserting a media file -- the section on transitions does talk about linking to the files, but doesn't say anything about putting them in the same directory).

Brian, I had some issues with testing -- trust me, I did try! Had to do with available machines more than anything else (and the fact that I was doing it at home while all my disks are at the office).


On 8/20/2013 02:56, Joaquín Lameiro wrote:

I have excerpt this parragraph from the LibreOffice Impress Guide at

only links media files and does not embed a media file into a
presentation. Therefore if a presentation is moved to a different
computer, any links will be broken and the media files will not play.
To prevent this from happening:
        1. Place any media files which are included in a presentation in the same folder where the 
presentation is stored.
        2. Insert the media file in the presentation.
        3. Send both the presentation and any media files to the computer which is to be used for the 
presentation and place both files in the same folder on that computer."

So, it works as both Brian and Dave had already deduced. As long as you keep everything in the same 
folder (or in the root of the CD), there should be no problem. I suppose you also can put the sound 
files in a sub-folder, so everything would be more tidy.

  De: Brian Barker <>
Enviado: Martes 20 de agosto de 2013 8:25
Asunto: Re: [libreoffice-users] Impress: Sound Links
At 22:37 19/08/2013 -0700, Dave Liesse wrote:
Well, it was a kick in the teeth to learn that sounds are only
linked instead of being imbedded in the presentation, but at least
that'll keep the size down.  My question, though, is whether the
links use absolute or relative paths.
It's a simple job to test this, of course - and the answer appears to
be relative.

I put together a presentation that's for distribution via DVD, and
of course I have no idea in advance what drive letter any given
recipient will have.  I have no problem with putting the sound files
on the disk, but need to know what type of pathing is being
used.  If it's relative, I'm already in good shape; if it's
absolute, then I'm hosed.

This kinda makes it impossible to distribute a slide show
electronically, as well, if you want sound with it.
Surely all you need to do is to put your audio file in the same
folder as your presentation when you insert it, and to require your
correspondents to have both files in the same folder - wherever that
might be - before attempting to use them?

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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