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Old 03-16-2005, 06:53 PM   #1
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OpenOffice SWF export font issues

Hi all,

I'm using OpenOffice 1.1.4 (Linux) to perform powerpoint-to-swf conversions, but I'm experiencing problems with the size of the fonts in the output file.

For some reason, whenever I export a presentation to Flash format, the fonts look MUCH smaller than the original presentation (amost impossible to read). I repeated the same operation using OpenOffice 1.1.4 for Windows, and it converted correctly. (fonts ok)

When googling for an answer, I found OpenOffice font troubleshooting guide (not able to link it here), and the PDF issues mentioned there seem similar to the issue ocurring here. However, if I do a PDF export, the fonts come out fine, which leaves me wondering that I MAY have the correct printer drivers installed (as suggested in the guide), and that the problem is related to something else.

Does anybody has any idea on why this happens? I would be really glad if somebody could perform this operation for me (converting a PPT file to SWF), check the results, and in case it works fine, tell me what has been done.

Thanks in advance.
Old 03-18-2005, 01:32 PM   #2
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I don't have an answer for you but there are tons of font related issues. Here's an example.

I have an 89 year old lady that comes into my store to write her book. She has vision issues so I kick the font up to 36. As she types, randomly, the font will suddenly pop back to the default font size.

Since she doesn't know anything about computers and just wants to write her book this gets annoying, not just for her, but for me because it seems like very 10 minutes I have to back and resize the font and set her on the right track.

Openoffice is full of inadequacies as well. For instance, the "make a back up copy" is not checked by default, which it should be. This poor elderly woman is trying to type and for some reason booooooom all her text in the whole document is being replaced by the next keystroke. If she doesn't pay attention when she saves she saves the old copy with the new text minus whatever she overwrote due to some extremely odd bug in Open office. I've tried 1.1.4 with exactly the same issues. Moving to the 2.0 beta version on another machine (for test purposes) it just locks up far too much, crashes, etc. It crashes even when the 1.1.4 version run on the same machine doesn't crash.


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