[Solved] Font size changes from MS PowerPoint to AOO Impress

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[Solved] Font size changes from MS PowerPoint to AOO Impress

Postby deonholt » Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:41 am

Hi and thanks for your help.
I am a day old newbie to OpenOffice which decided to move over to OO.

I need your advice on something, please.
I opened up an almost finished PP file in OO Impress. I noticed that font sizes changed when opening in Impress. So far I have noticed that it happens with Multi-level lists. Is there an easy work-around or will I have to change font sizes manually in OO Impress? (In PP I assigned specific font sizes to specific levels.)

Thanks for your helping and looking forward to learn from all of you.
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Re: Font size changes from MS Powerpoint to OO Impress

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:50 am

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Please remember that the .ppt/.pptx format was not designed to be compatible with anything else than MS Office. AOO compatibility is not that good, LibreOffice may provide better results.
Fonts can be a root cause also, if the file comes from another machine that may use fonts you don't have.
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Re: Font size changes from MS Powerpoint to OO Impress

Postby RoryOF » Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:59 am

If you are working on a presentation to be shown using PowerPoint, you should try to edit it in PowerPoint, rather than use an alternate application such as Impress from either OpenOffice or LibreOffice. If that is not possible, and there are no "fancy" effects used, such as fade in/fade outs, mosaic transitions etc, edit it in Impress, then /File /Export as PDF; this PDF file will give exact rendering on the final display computer of what you see onscreen in your editing.
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Re: Font size changes from MS Powerpoint to OO Impress

Postby deonholt » Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:49 pm

Hagar Delest wrote:Hi and welcome to the forum!

Please remember that the .ppt/.pptx format was not designed to be compatible with anything else than MS Office. AOO compatibility is not that good, LibreOffice may provide better results.
Fonts can be a root cause also, if the file comes from another machine that may use fonts you don't have.

Thanks. I use the same machine.
Just wanted to confirm that when opening the original PP file in AOO I will need to do some font adjusting.

Thanks again.
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Re: Font size changes from MS Powerpoint to OO Impress

Postby deonholt » Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:52 pm

RoryOF wrote:If you are working on a presentation to be shown using PowerPoint, you should try to edit it in PowerPoint, rather than use an alternate application such as Impress from either OpenOffice or LibreOffice. If that is not possible, and there are no "fancy" effects used, such as fade in/fade outs, mosaic transitions etc, edit it in Impress, then /File /Export as PDF; this PDF file will give exact rendering on the final display computer of what you see onscreen in your editing.

Thanks. My idea is to move away from MS Office.
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Re: Font size changes from MS Powerpoint to OO Impress

Postby RoryOF » Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:56 pm

The PDF file is generated in /File /Export as PDF, within Impress, and is shown using a PDF viewer - often Adobe Reader. I cannot answer for which application Windows 10 uses.
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Re: Font size changes from MS Powerpoint to OO Impress

Postby John_Ha » Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:05 pm

deonholt wrote:I opened up an almost finished PP file in OO Impress. I noticed that font sizes changed when opening in Impress. So far I have noticed that it happens with Multi-level lists.

That is quite probable. Correct it and then always save as a .odp file - don't swap between .ppt and .odp.

See [Tutorial] Differences between Writer and MS Word files for a discussion, and for why you should always work in, and save, Writer files as .odt, Calc files as .ods, Impress files as .odp etc.
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See the Writer Guide, the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials and Writer for students.

Remember: Always save your Writer files as .odt files. - see here for the many reasons why.
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Re: Font size changes from MS Powerpoint to OO Impress

Postby deonholt » Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:53 pm

Thanks very much. Appreciate your help.
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