Thanks for providing OpenLP - we've used it at both our churches for a number of years now. However we've always struggled with PowerPoint - to the extent that some folks are thinking of looking for an alternative to OpenLP.
Our new Minister and also visiting guests, provide us with PowerPoint presentations on a Memory Stick. We do not wish to pay for a full PowerPoint license on the presentation PCs. We've never got either of the alternatives to work well ...
1) We have installed PowerPoint viewer. The FAQ says that PowerPoint viewer 2010 does not work well. I have tried PowerPoint Viewer 2007. While this works stand-alone, when loading the PPTX file into OpenLP it always fails - giving a red X in the Presentation list. Yes we have PowerPoint viewer ticked in the presentations set-up.
Question 1) Do later versions of PowerPoint Viewer work better ? Any other ideas ?
2) We have installed the latest version of OpenOffice Impress. While it 'kinda' works, the rending of even simple slides is poor, not matching the designers intention.
Question 2) Can we use LibreOffice Impress instead ? Is this better ? Any other ideas ?
We have had the same issues on the laptops at both Churches.
My current work-around is to take the presentation to a third machine which has full PowerPoint installed (my own at home), and converting the slides to images and using those. However this means we need the presentation a while before the service, which is inconvenient, especially for visiting guests. We also loose imbedded audio & video as well as transitions and animations.
Can anyone offer any help ?
from Reading, England.