Been using OpenLP this Christmas season and it's going pretty well. However, I've come across a few bugs which are hard to reproduce and I'd like to see if it's happened to anyone else or if I'm going crazy. I'll file a proper bug report later when I'm able to consistently reproduce the problems.
First issue is that our pastor's .ppt presentations seem to behave differently if I launch them from within OpenLP or from Powerpoint itself. He has some animations where some text arrives from off-screen and slides into position. If I launch the slideshow from Powerpoint by hitting F5, the text goes to the right place, but if I double click on the presentation from the service manager, then the text appears in the corner of the slide in the wrong position. In both cases, I'm using the same file and moving through it by going left and right with the arrows, and I think I'm also using the same instance of Powerpoint. The focus is also on the Powerpoint window, so I am not moving through the slides from OpenLP (known to be buggy with the animations). But in one case the slideshow is started by Powerpoint itself (F5) and in the other it's started by OpenLP via remote control (or whatever you call it).
The second issue is that from time to time, under certain circumstances (not quite clear yet), OpenLP will raise an exception about not being able to communicate with Powerpoint. This might be if I've closed Powerpoint before closing OpenLP for instance. It's an unnecessary error because OpenLP is quite capable of restarting Powerpoint when required and it does it quite well. I was going to submit a bug report but was unable to reproduce the problem. Then it happened to me again a few days later.
I'll try to figure out the exact sequence of events that cause these things to happen, but I'd like to hear if this has happened to anyone else. This has happened to me on Windows 7 with MS Office 2007 and the official OpenLP 2.0 release.
Merry Christmas to all!