I am helping out in my Church as a presentation operator. Currently we are still using powerpoint. I have been looking around for presentation softwares to improve the situation. I have tried many softwares and have yet to find a good one. My best candidate was EasyWorship 2009. Its performance is the best and it has many good features. However, it is too expensive. About USD $399. This is not accepted by my church management.
Then I found this OpenLP. It really looked promising. However, I have a very major bug or issue that I would like to feedback and I really hope you people can resolve this.
I ran the v1.9.4 version on my Intel i7 notebook with Windows 7 OS. It is a very powerful notebook with ATI radeon dedicated graphics card built in and lots of RAM and harddisk space. Given such a powerful notebook, I seriously felt that OpenLP 1.9.4 should run very smoothly and fast. However, I was quite disappointed.
It took a very very long time to finish loading up (in terms of minutes). Then when I load a powerpoint 2007 file, it also took quite some time to load. Then I tried loading 2 powerpoint 2007 files and tried to switch between the 2, the software took some time to close the 1st one and some more time to load the 2nd one. During this period, the entire software just hanged there.
I have trialed run EasyWorship 2009 in my church service previously with 2 powerpoint 2007 presentations and 1 image file. It was very very efficient and fast when it comes to switching between the items. Almost instantaneous. Loading the ppt took some time but was still ok.
Coming back to OpenLP, I really appreciate the hardwork and effort that you guys had put into to come up with this great software, however, I really hope you guys can seriously work on the overall performance of the new version so that it can startup very quickly, load presentations quickly and switch between presentations quickly.
I am putting high hopes on OpenLP to be the presentation software to use for our church given its features and it is free. Do hope to see this improvement coming up!
Hebron BP Church, Singapore