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Impress can't read ppt file

asked 2017-08-02 17:52:49 +0100

tweybrew gravatar image

I've been sent a PowerPoint file (ppt) and when Impress opens it all the text is garbled...mashed together and/or stacked up on top of other text. I was finally able to read the file by downloading MS PowerPoint Viewer. Why can't Impress read this file? LibreOffice 5.0.3 x64, Windows 10 x64

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answered 2017-08-02 20:14:40 +0100

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PowerPoint is a closed non-free file format. Thus, while LibreOffice developers do their best in order to support that format, no one can ensure 100% compatibility. Moreover, since PPT (as well as other file formats of Microsoft Office files prior to 2007) is deprecated, little or no effort will be invested in its support.

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answered 2017-08-03 05:52:16 +0100

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Thanks for the reply, gabix. Not sure what version of PowerPoint generated the file. I have experimented and found that FreeOffice, and WPS Office both open and display the file without problems. FYI.

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