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Hi :)
I have been looking around quickly trying to see what other people are
doing or have done.  Found this forum thread from people who have
little or no idea about Office Suites

Also this from Eric (is he the famous one)

Then this link looks like a commercial product but gives advice which
might be useful
* Output Flash (.SWF) File and HTML page
Create two files: a Flash (SWF) file and a HTML page file. This allows
you to share the slideshow via uploading the two files to your website
*  Output Flash (.SWF) File
Create a standalone Flash (SWF) file only. But the corresponding HTML
code will be generated for embedding the flash slideshow into your own
webpage. You will be able to copy and paste the code into any webpage.

I seem to have trouble playing some swf files but that is probably
more to do with their source rather than anything to do with the
format.  Some people are really anxious to protect their copyright at
the expense of being widely available.  So maybe there is some way of
locking swfs or maybe i just got corrupted ones.  Neither would
surprise me.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 18 November 2013 14:44, Tom Davies <> wrote:
Hi :)
Does it have to be in an editable format?

If NOT then maybe use Impress to save into some more reliable format
that doesn't change around from one version of MS Office to the next.
Some people have even suggested using .Pdf format but i think that
kinda scuppers the reason for having it as a slide-show.  Perhaps as a
YouTube format?  Perhaps as a Flash Player format?  Other people have
suggested using straight movie formats such as the ageing .avi or
newer .mkv.  For a Flash Player try
File - Export
and scroll down until you see "Macromedia Flash".  With that sort of
idea you might be able to embed the presentation within a web-page and
choose the size of the display.  Then save the web-pages onto the DVD.
 Let the web-browsers do the work!

If it DOES have to be editable then pps is probably the best format
but even so it relies on MS Office being consistent from one machine
to the next and we know that it isn't.  Perhaps find out which
versions of MS Office the pps does work well on and then write that in
the blurb on the DVDs cover.  Such covers often demand that people
upgrade to the latest versions of Windows and MS Office in order to be
able to play the DVD and they make no apology for not working on all

OTH!  Can you squeeze LibreOffice installers onto the DVD?  One for
Mac and one for Windows would do the trick.  No need to worry about
any for Gnu&Linux!

Note that when PDFs first started being used they would often be
accompanied by a button linking to the Adobe downloads site and hardly
anyone made a fuss about that.  They just installed it or grumbled to
the their IT Department about not being able to open such a basic

Regards from
Tom :)

On 18 November 2013 07:46, Dave Liesse <> wrote:
This is a follow-up to a question I asked in August.  I'm still struggling
with trying to create something that can be used in other systems.  Here's
what I've done:

1.  Created a slide show in Impress.  Slides auto-advance after 5 seconds,
and transitions are used to play appropriate music files. Previous tests by
myself and others on this list have shown that the links to the audio files
follow relative rather than absolute paths.

2.  Saved as .pps file.  Copied presentation and audio file directory --
pathing kept intact -- to thumb drive.

3.  Open .pps file on another computer that doesn't have LibreOffice
installed.  Slide show runs, music does not play.  Confirmed music files are

4.  Rename original audio file directory on my hard drive for testing.  Run
slide show from thumb drive on my own computer.  Opens in Impress, of
course, and does not auto-run.  Music plays properly.

This slide show is for distribution to others via DVD, and I'm really
getting frustrated with it.  I'd hate to think that the hours I've spent on
it have been wasted and that I have to start over with another application.
But I can't assume anything about the software anyone else has, and just
about everyone has the ability to view a .pps file regardless of their OS (I
can be pretty sure, but not 100% positive, that everyone on my distribution
list is using either Windows or Mac machines).  Can anyone see anything I've


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