I have a powerpoin file that I want to see. I can open the file but not play the sound files and the text is placed wrong so you cant see some text cuz other text is over it. I can open the file in office 2011. Is there any way to fix this? Why cant libre office just bee as good as office 2011 and just work? And cant you just port office 2011 rename it to ubuntu office and make it free? or at least make a program that works? Can I post the file here so you can test and see?
All Microsoft files which end with an 'x' uses Microsofts Office Open XML format. Microsoft says that it is an open standard. But in fact it only meets their own standard.
This standard has been standardised thanks to the ECMA and it is now an ISO-standard. But is a Microsoft standard. Only Microsoft can apply changes to it. And it uses internal closed standards. So it isn't an open format.
There was a lot of friction when the ECMA voted to apply this format as a standard. But unforntunalty, it is a standard nowadays.
I red on several fora that Oxygen Office handles the Windows formats very well. But i haven't tested it.
Probably not the answer you are looking for, but you don't have to use MS Powerpoint. There are great many alternatives. e.g. the Libre Office or the Google docs one (which has some amazing 3rd party we plugins and with plugins is actually better IMO).
I understand others may send docs in PP2011 format, though, so there is a need to translate them.
As for why Libre can't open some Powerpoints, see my comments to the original question.