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Microsoft Office to OpenOffice Migration Guide
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Import, export and sharing issues in presentations

gradients and borders

The author had not noticed the following changes, so this is a direct quote from StarOffice 7 Migration Guide by Sun.

Unlike Microsoft PowerPoint, StarOffice Impress does not support three-color gradients, double and triple borders, or round-dotted borders. To improve the results of the import, you have to make the necessary adjusts before import. Change three-color presets to similar two-color gradient fills and change double and triple border lines to a single border line with appropriate width. Round-dotted border lines that are mapped to rectangle-border closely resemble the original line style in PowerPoint, so manual editing should not be necessary.

Multimedia

Voice-over narration is not supported by Impress.

There appear to be no settings for multimedia custom animations, such as the ability to play a sound for the next slides.

Chart animations

There is no facility in Impress for “chart effects” as there is in PowerPoint, such as presenting a series or category at a time. On import the charts simply appear. A workaround is to have multiple copies of the chart with each one set up to display as desired.

Pack and Go

The Pack and Go feature in PowerPoint allowed a PowerPoint file to be split over several floppy disks and assured that all related files were included. This facility is not included in Impress, nor can Impress open such files.

Fields

Date fields are exported as text, so they do not automatically update.

Action settings and interaction

PowerPoint provides action settings for mouseover, but Impress does not have this option, only on mouse click, so mouseovers get mapped to mouse clicks. PowerPoint has an option for highlighting the object on mouse click or mouse over; Impress does not have this, so it gets ignored on import.

PowerPoint custom animations and Impress object effects

Table 3 shows how the custom animations and object effects are imported into Impress and exported to PowerPoint.

Table 3. Importing / exporting custom animations between PowerPoint and Impress

PowerPoint

Impress

Appear

Appear

Blinds

Fade Horizontally

Box

Fade To Center

Checkerboard

Checkerboard

Diamond

Appear

Crawl

Fly In From bottom

Dissolve

Dissolve

Flash once

Appear

Peek

Short Fly In from Bottom

Random Bars

Horizontal lines

Spiral

Spiral Outward Clockwise

Split

Close Vertical

Stretch

Stretch Vertical

Strips

Fade From Top Right

Swivel

Rotate Horizontally

Wipe

Cross-Fade From Top

Zoom

Fade From Center

Random effects

Vertical Lines

PowerPoint—Impress slide transitions

Table 4 shows how slide transitions are imported into Impress and exported to PowerPoint.

Table 4. Importing / exporting slide transitions between PowerPoint and Impress

PowerPoint

Impress

Blinds Horizontal

Venitian Blinds Horizontal

Blinds Vertical

Venitian Blinds Vertical

Box In

Box In

Box Out

Box Out

Checkerboard Across

Checkerboard Across

Checkerboard Down

Checkerboard Down

Cover Down

Cover Down

Cover Left

Cover Left

Cover Right

Cover Right

Cover Up

Cover Up

Cover Left Down

Cover Left-Down

Cover Right Down

Cover Right-Down

Cover Left Up

Cover Left-Up

Cover Right Up

Cover Right-Up

Cut

No effect

Cut Through Black

No effect

Dissolve

Dissolve

Fade Through Black

Fade Through Black

Random Bars Horizontally

Random Bars Horizontal

Random Bars Vertically

Random Bars Vertical

Horizontal In

Split Horizontal In

Horizontal Out

Split Horizontal Out

Split Vertical In

Split Vertical In

Split Vertical Out

Split Vertical Out

Strips Left Down

Fade From Top Right

Strips Left Up

Fade From Bottom Right

Strips Right Down

Fade From Top Left

Strips Right Up

Fade From Bottom Left

Uncover Down

Uncover Down

Uncover Left

Uncover Left

Uncover Right

Uncover Right

Uncover Up

Uncover Up

Uncover Left Down

Uncover Left-Down

Uncover Left Up

Uncover Left-Up

Uncover Right Down

Uncover Right-Down

Uncover Right Up

Uncover Right-Up

Wipe Down

Wipe Down

Wipe Left

Wipe Left

Wipe Right

Wipe Right

Wipe Up

Wipe Up

Random Transition

Random Transition



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