OpenOffice.org: Color Me Impress (ed)!
Yesterday, a nice woman from Maryland named Elisa called me. She needed to edit a PowerPoint file...only she didn't have Microsoft PowerPoint loaded on her computer. And of course, she didn't want to buy PowerPoint for a one time use, for one machine!
And she didn't have access to her software...so what to do?
I hadn't yet gotten around to reviewing OpenOffice.org's Impress product -- which claims to be able to open and edit MS PowerPoint files. But I downloaded the whole shooting match -- the whole Open Office Suite, a Sun Microsystems product which contains open source (oh yes, and totally free!) software that can open and edit every one of these Microsoft's office suite products -- PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Access.
I started my download at 12:17pm this afternoon. By 12:30, I had loaded the entire suite. By 12:40, I had opened AND edited an old Microsoft PowerPoint file with OpenOffice Impress...and boy was I ever IMPRESSED!
Impress also lets me seamlessly save my PowerPoint files as a PDF file...this is a hugely great feature/benefit! Talk about a time saver! And the interface is nothing short of phenomenal, with tabs that let me click from Presentation View, to Outline View, Notes View, Slide View....So far, I'm so fabulously impressed.
And my exposure to this product has thus far been under one half hour! (Here are other more extensive reviews of OpenOffice 2.0
So here's my advice, Elise: go download Impress at OpenOffice.org
. You'll be able to open and edit that PowerPoint file...and do so much more.
And here's a reminder to students and others who are budget-strapped: it's a free download.
Go. Go now.