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Tech Help Needed: Anyway to create an animated PowerPoint presentation that is viewable on a Mac?

Posted on 08/22/2012 2:14:36 PM PDT by Maceman

I have created a slide presentation in MS PowerPoint 2007 on my Windows 7 PC.

The slides are animated so that when the slide opens, there is a little bit of text, and then the user has to mouse click to see a surprise image. It is part of the animation function in PowerPoint.

My problem is that some of the people to whom I will be distributing this deck to are Mac users, and may not be able to see the whole animation. I sent a test copy to my girlfriend who has an old Mac, which does not have a version of MS office. So her system automatically opened the file using something called Keynote.

The result is that the animation doesn't work. When she clicks on the slide, she sees all of the slide content -- text and images -- instead of first seeing the text and then clicking to see the image on the slide.

The purpose of the PowerPoint deck is to act as sort of a virtual set of flash cards -- with the question shown first, and requiring the user to click to see the answer.

Anybody have any ideas about how I can save it in a format that lets me distribute the PowerPoint presentation to Mac users who don't have MS Office, so that they can see the animation effect?

Can it be done?

Many thanks for Freeper help, as always.


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1 posted on 08/22/2012 2:14:39 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman

Ask Google


2 posted on 08/22/2012 2:18:36 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (The hotter the TEA, the stronger......and I'm boiling!)
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To: Maceman

There probably is an “easy” way if Microsoft wants you to be able to do that.

All I would know would work guaranteed is to export each fram with the flashcard Q and then the A as two different pages each.

Then take those individual images and combine them with an animation program, or a video editor, or ffmpeg and save it as a fixed video format H.264 or something that everything can play.

It won’t be interactive, but it will play on any computer, tv or phone.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 2:20:50 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Maceman

Animation is one of the things least likely to transfer across platforms / versions.

One of the first things to try: If you sent her one of the new versions (.pptx) try saving it in an older format (.ppt).

The other thing you can try doing is saving it as a powerpoint show (.pts). This will be more work and less useful as you have to put in fixed timings.

Another possibility is to rework your presentation so that one slide has the question only and the second slide has the question + answer.

Openoffice is a free program that claims to be compatible with Microsoft Office. I don’t know how well animations convert for that program, but it doesn’t cost anything to try.

There is a Macintosh version of Microsoft Office, so you do have the option of saying that it is required, and users using a different program may not get the effects you intended.

Good luck!


4 posted on 08/22/2012 2:20:55 PM PDT by TennesseeProfessor
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To: Maceman

Save as a .pdf
or
Publish as HTML


5 posted on 08/22/2012 2:21:48 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Maceman

Can’t you just save it as a PDF?


6 posted on 08/22/2012 2:21:48 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Maceman

“Can it be done?”


Let me ask Multivac. Hold on.

*click click click click* oooweeeeeooooooo BEEP BEEP BEEP *click click click* *whiiiiinnnneee* eeeeeeeee boop.

Okay, Multivac says “Insufficient data for meaningful answer.”


7 posted on 08/22/2012 2:24:15 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Maceman

Let me see if I understand your question. Is there any way to make an animated Powerpoint presentation that will run on a machine without Powerpoint?

No, mostly. Microsoft really does not want compatibility of Microsoft files without paying for Microsoft programs. That your girlfriend has a Mac is not the problem. The Microsoft culture -DOS isn’t done until Lotus won’t run- is the problem.

If she had Powerpoint for Mac, it would run with no problems.

She could cough up a lung and buy MSOffice (Make sure the version of MSOffice she buys has Powerpoint!), or try OpenOffice for free, www.openoffice.org


8 posted on 08/22/2012 2:25:00 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1311 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Maceman
Maceman - Try saving your presentation as a movie (.mov) file. Mac users should be able to open that in QuickTime although they might have to install the old Quicktime 7 which I'm pretty sure is still available from Apple. Another alternative to view it might be VLC Player freeware. I saved a PPS file as a MOV and it played in VLC even though I got an error message which I just closed.

Hope this helps!

9 posted on 08/22/2012 2:26:06 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Maceman

Camtasia Studio v8 free trial is fully functional for 30 days.

http://www.camtasiasoftware.com/camtasia/index-camtasia-studio-us.htm#trial

Best way that I’ve found to turn your powerpoint presentation into a video.

Many video formats and codecs to choose from, most of which will run on a mac.

Enjoy.


10 posted on 08/22/2012 2:26:30 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Maceman

1) Office for Mac

2) Film the presentation with your smart phone then play it back on the Mac.

3) Point your PC camera at the presentation and Skype it to your MAC.

4) Gotomypc.com Or sum such software.

5) Have her get a PC.


11 posted on 08/22/2012 2:30:15 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Maceman

Missed one...

Find a new girlfriend.


12 posted on 08/22/2012 2:31:49 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: RaisingCain

The good Dr probably spent twenty minutes writing

that story.

Still to this day have to catch myself in B&N looking

to see if there is a new novel by IA


13 posted on 08/22/2012 2:49:35 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Maceman

Can Google Docs Presentation do what you need?


14 posted on 08/22/2012 2:51:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Maceman
Can it be done?

Maybe. If you can dictate what software the recipients will run.

You want an interactive presentation in a proprietary format and it should run almost anywhere. Correct?

15 posted on 08/22/2012 2:59:49 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: Maceman

Try LibreOffice (formerly OpenOffice).

It’s free and there versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Http://www.libreoffice.org


16 posted on 08/22/2012 3:10:10 PM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: RaisingCain

>>Let me ask Multivac. Hold on.

*click click click click* oooweeeeeooooooo BEEP BEEP BEEP *click click click* *whiiiiinnnneee* eeeeeeeee boop.

Okay, Multivac says “Insufficient data for meaningful answer.”<<

Hmm, mine came back with “Per order, missle attack launched on Moscow.”


17 posted on 08/22/2012 3:21:53 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: null and void

I have found difficulties in trying to convert powerpoint files that have either animation or audio. Here’s my suggestion: if you can’t save the file as a MOV, save it as a Windows Media Video (WMV). Most Macs still can’t view WMVs so upload it to YouTube and they will convert it to something that everyone can see.


18 posted on 08/22/2012 3:23:58 PM PDT by Qout
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Missed one... Find a new girlfriend.

Well, as it happens, she's the most unbelievably perfect and most compatible girlfriend (for me) that I could possibly imagine. So I don't think that option will work for me.

19 posted on 08/22/2012 5:02:19 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman

Obviously not Microsoft Office compatible.


20 posted on 08/22/2012 5:07:19 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Maceman

Apple iWork’s Keynote application is supposed to be able to run all your Powerpoint stuff. That said, while I have run many a class using PowerPOints with interactive sections, I am sure there are some ‘animated’ things I have never tried. Apple will let you test the app before buying.

http://www.apple.com/iwork/keynote/


21 posted on 08/22/2012 5:50:40 PM PDT by Borderline
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To: Maceman

There are websites you can upload the powepoint presentation to. The site runs the presentation, including animations, and you display and control from a browser.

Some are free, too. Do a google search.


22 posted on 08/24/2012 6:59:54 AM PDT by webstersII
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