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Very well documented question - thanks for that!

I just tried to replicate the steps in the question, and got very much the same result:

  1. Using Powerpoint 2010 (in Win7): created a new presentation with gradient background, and custom font choice in the slide master.
  2. Saved as PPTX.
  3. Opened PPTX in LibO Impress 4.2.1.1
  4. Result: terrible: gradient changed (not single top-to-bottom, but "middle" dark, light top/bottom); wrong fonts, sizes, colours, etc. What a mess.

So -- I went back to Powerpoint, and saved the same file now as a .PPT ("PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation"), and opened it in Impress:

  1. Perfect.

So the workaround, for the moment anyway, is to save as PPT and avoid PPTX. (I have had similar experience of DOC being handled better in LibO than DOCX.)

Very well documented question - thanks for that!

I just tried to replicate the steps in the question, and got very much the same result:

  1. Using Powerpoint 2010 (in Win7): created a new presentation with gradient background, and custom font choice in the slide master.
  2. Saved as PPTX.
  3. Opened PPTX in LibO Impress 4.2.1.1
  4. Result: terrible: gradient changed (not single top-to-bottom, but "middle" dark, light top/bottom); wrong fonts, sizes, colours, etc. What a mess.

So -- I went back to Powerpoint, and saved the same file now as a .PPT ("PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation"), and opened it in Impress:

  1. Perfect.

So the workaround, for the moment anyway, is to save as PPT and avoid PPTX. (I have had similar experience of DOC being handled better in LibO than DOCX.)

P.s. The LibO part of this answer was carried out in Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander); I have Win7 with Office 2010 running in VirtualBox. FWIW.

Very well documented question - thanks for that!

I just tried to replicate the steps in the question, and got very much the same result:

  1. Using Powerpoint 2010 (in Win7): created a new presentation with gradient background, and custom font choice in the slide master.
  2. Saved as PPTX.
  3. Opened PPTX in LibO Impress 4.2.1.1
  4. Result: terrible: gradient changed (not single top-to-bottom, but "middle" dark, light top/bottom); wrong fonts, sizes, colours, etc. What a mess.

So -- I went back to Powerpoint, and saved the same file now as a .PPT ("PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation"), and opened it in Impress:

  1. Perfect.

So the workaround, for the moment anyway, is to save as PPT and avoid PPTX. (I have had similar experience of DOC being handled better in LibO than DOCX.)

P.s. [P.s. The LibO part of this answer was carried out in Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander); I have Win7 with Office 2010 running in VirtualBox. FWIW.

FWIW.]