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I have a powerpoint file that I want to see. I can open the file but not play the sound files and the text is placed wrongly so you can't see some text as other text is over it. I can open the file in office 2011. Is there any way to fix this? Why can't libreoffice just bee as good as office 2011 and just work? And can't 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?

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Libre Office has huge trouble displaying MS Office's documents properly because of the latter's horrible specifications. Since you (apparently) have Office 2011, you can save the presentation in an open format that Libre Office render properly. –  Dennis May 3 '12 at 19:03
I was going to say thanks but then I saw the tips on writing answers... Anyways if sombody who works for libre office see this then try to fix this problem –  user62143 May 9 '12 at 20:41
Libre used to be a lot better with powerpoint docs, but Microsoft recently made a few changes to "resolve a security issue" and that seems to have put Libre Office back a bit. In addition font embedding in office docs is protected by patent so libre office "can't" emulate that function. Google docs is also another alternative. There are also a lot of "one trick pony" presentation web apps too, some of which can actually interface with Google Docs. –  gecko May 9 '12 at 20:55
@Leo 'Anybody who works for LibreOffice' It's openSource. So anybody can be working for LibreOffice. –  OrangeTux May 9 '12 at 21:57
@OrangeTux: Many people are employed full time, for a regular salary, to develop open source projects (canonical claims to have over 500 paid employees - but I don't know how many are full-timers). People in the community who submit patches are not employees. I don't know how many staff The Document Foundation has. –  gecko May 12 '12 at 19:31

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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.

'An Office Open XML file is a ZIP-compatible OPC package containing XML documents and other resources'.

I red on several fora that Oxygen Office handles the Windows formats very well. But i haven't tested it.

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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.

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Libre Office is not always 100% compatible with Microsoft Office formats. For working with Microsoft office formats I'd recommend Calligra Office or Google Docs. If you don't have a problem with Microsoft you could always use Microsoft Office 365

Install via the software center sudo apt-get install calligra

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