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Old 10-07-2008, 10:33 AM   #1
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Looking for OpenOffice Impress functionality pointers

I am currently running Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 with three OfficeOne Addins ( They are as follows:
1) PowerPoint Web Browser Assistant - to bring a web page onto a slide, loaded from the internet each time the slide is displayed
2) AutoDateTime - to display the current date and time, live, on a certain slide
3) ShowMonitor - to automatically advance the slideshow should it stop doing so on its own since it is not the foreground application

I am running a slide show on a secondary monitor and a remote desktop connection on the primary monitor. As this computer no longer requires Outlook, I would prefer to run OpenOffice on it. If it is possible, it would be even better to do this on Linux, however, I am concerned as to how well that would work.

My concern regarding running Linux on it is as follows:
I have used nVidia's multiple monitor setup on Linux, and one cannot drag a window from one monitor to the other (though the mouse can go between them when not dragging a window). While I don't necessarily need to do this, my concern is that OpenOffice Impress may not detect the secondary display and be able to launch a show on it the way it does in Windows, and I need to run Impress on one monitor, but launch the show on the other. Ideally, I wouldn't be using the nVidia driver anyway, so perhaps other X configuration options would make this work (or perhaps it would work anyway, I haven't tried, as I don't have a multiple head test machine readily available).

I am hoping that nothing will be necessary in Impress to achieve the functionality of the third addin I use above, but I would certainly need something similar if the slideshow would regularly stop when a separate application is in the foreground (on a separate screen that happens to be the same screen as the Impress program, but not show). On that note, it is worth noting that I have a single presentation with multiple custom shows (upwards of 10).

Regarding the first two addins mentioned above, I have had little success thus far trying to implement a clock or web browser in Impress (including attempts with a java applet clock, but I haven't touched Linux on this project yet), so I felt it was time to ask for help.

In case it isn't obvious, I am more than willing to try some other FOSS application on Linux if that would be better. Ideally I could import from PowerPoint shows on it as well, but if that isn't possible, it wouldn't necessarily be a showstopper.

Finally, please feel free to direct me to another forum (for OpenOffice?) if that would be more appropriate.

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Old 10-07-2008, 01:23 PM   #2
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I think I can answer some of your questions from my own experience with Impress.

1 - It does have a function to use a 2nd "Show" monitor, but I've only tried it with my Acer laptop, so I don't know how well it works with dual graphic cards.

2 - It plays PowerPoint as native.

3 - It has an auto advance, which can be over-ridden by a key press.

I was never a big fan of PowerPoint, so prior to moving to Linux I didn't use it other than to display other people presentations. I've been using Impress recently and find it really easy to use, and it seems to allow importing of any thing that can be built in, or converted to, XML. The OpenOffice forums are very helpful.


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