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Old 08-16-2002, 11:06 PM   #1
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Powerpoint to pdf

Hi all, my lecturer insists on using powerpoint, which is good for a lecture but when the slides are released on the web she only offers ppt format. I would like to know if anyone knows of a linux tool that converts from ppt to pdf. I have found several windows versions but no *nix versions. And I only have linux, no micro$oft products on my box.

all help is appreciated

Old 08-17-2002, 12:38 AM   #2
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I use OpenOffice' print to file for just that purpose; it outputs postscript, which you could easily convert to pdf. (Choosing "black and white" in the print options is probably a good idea, especially if the slides are white-on-black.)
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To directly answer you question, no. But another option could be to try out StarOffice, I believe it can make use of the .ppt files.

You may also wanna give one or more of those MSFT programs a try with wine.

Old 12-03-2014, 04:56 PM   #4
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In case someone is looking for a tool like this:

unoconv converts easily from ppt to pdf: (the -f pdf is not even needed as pdf is the standard output format)

'unoconv -f pdf document.ppt result.pdf'

Another pdf tip: if you want to combine many of them, use pdftk:

'pdftk one.pdf two.pdf three.pdf output combined.pdf'
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Libreoffice can do this. I tested this on this ppt file. Libreoffice read it immediately. I then saved it as a pdf file. Here is the result.
Attached Files
File Type: pdf Sample.pdf (96.4 KB, 19 views)

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well seeing as software has come a rather long way since 2002 when this was first posted

libreoffice or Openoffice
have NO problems opinning a windows powerpoint file
and saving it to one of MANY different formats

this has been a
NON ISSUE for ?? about 6+ years


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