[lug] PowerPoint

J. Wayde Allen wallen at lug.boulder.co.us
Mon Jul 30 16:12:17 MDT 2001

On Mon, 30 Jul 2001, Evelyn Mitchell wrote:

> We use StarPresents from StarOffice. The latest version even imports
> and exports to PowerPoint. I'm not sure if it's flawless, but I haven't
> run into any problems yet.

That is a definite plus for the StarOffice suite.  I just checked to be
certain, and my copy of Applixware won't import PowerPoint presentations.

As for possible bugs, my money would be on equations.  I've yet to see any
word processer that can correctly convert its equations to a competitors'
product or vice-a-versa.

> There was an article in the New Yorker about PowerPoint a while ago.
> Supposedly we have Whitfield Diffie (yes, the crypto Diffie of
> Diffie/Hellman)  to blame/credit for the explosion of slide
> presentations. While he was working at Xerox Parc (I believe), he
> invented computer output in landscape format suitable for printing on
> transparent sheets for use with overhead projectors.

Interesting!  I have a hunch that it was one of those things that was
simply bound to happen.

- Wayde
  (wallen at lug.boulder.co.us)

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