What were they thinking? I bet VB is far easier than this.
— “Exercises In Masochism 1: Writing OpenOffice.org
two years ago. And all I can say is “plus one, my friend; plus one.”
Still working on my slides for
SCALE, decided to further
delay productivity by putting together a brief set of steps on how to
Impress to get
really pissed off.
- Start up OOo Impress and create a new presentation.
- Open up the master slide view and create two new masters; make them
somewhat visually distinct so that its easy to experience the pure
- Return to the slide view and make sure you can see the Master Pages
area of the Tasks page; note that both your master slides are listed
as “used in this presentation”, but not “available for use”.
- Click the first master, which should re-apply the master to the slide
you’re looking at.
- Click the second master to apply it to the slide.
- Note that the first master has now disappeared.
- Think to yourself, “well surely it’s not gone and return to the
- Realize that no, the slide really has disappeared.
Is it any surprise that you see a proliferation of Macs and Keynote at
tech conferences, that people think slide-ware generally sucks, or that
people still equate PowerPoint with presentations?
I think this is the same as Issue
reported in February, 2005. Sigh.
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|tags:||impress, openoffice.org, Software, suck
It’s not exactly a
that OpenOffice.org and I have a love-hate
relationship (nor that it frequently tilts towards the hate side of
things). But I’ve yet to find a better free software package for
presentations, so like a couple with a mountain of shared assets in a
no-fault divorce state, we’re stuck together.
crack-graphic-designer) put together a color
palette for use when
producing CC publications, and Jon
Phillips began using it
quite effectively (in my opinion) in his
presentations. I tried doing
something similar for my talk at
COMMUNIA last month using one
of Jon’s slide decks as a starting point, but OOo Impress kept eating my
master slides (and not showing me the actual colors used). So I jumped
over to Slidy. The results
were mixed: I was able to explicitly specify my color choices in CSS,
but when I went to present the fact I had designed the talk on my Eee
PC at a wonky resolution
(WVGA) caused lots of font weirdness.
So as I prepare for SCALE 6X
I’m back with OpenOffice.org, still wanting to use the CC and Tango
color palettes. So I dug in and created a couple of palette files; you
can find them on the CC
Colors page. Note that I’m
still not sure how to make OOo just “find” them and add them to the full
palette, but they are usable and hopefully they’ll ease some of the pain.
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