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PPS Viewer

by chesshaus / November 15, 2008 12:28 AM PST

Is there free software to view PPS, (Windows Powerpoint) available for my PowerBook G4 with OS X? If so, where do I go to download it?

Thanks

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Unfortunately,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 15, 2008 1:17 AM PST
In reply to: PPS Viewer

the answer is No.

Microsoft only produced the PP viewer for System 9 and System 9 under OS X (Classic)

Apple's Keynote, part of the iWork suite, can handle PP presentations as can Microsoft Office for Mac.
Both of the above are not free. iWork is $79 (could be less) and MS Office starts at $130 for the Student/Teacher edition and goes upwards from there.

Open Office is FREE. It will open PP presentations and has a good price. You can see it Here

Good luck

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Does NeoOffice run on G4's?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2008 1:20 AM PST
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More bad news
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 15, 2008 7:27 AM PST

Seems that there is no current PPC (your G4) version of Neo Office and it does not seem as though there ever will be.

Open Office does run on a PPC processor and can be found Here

Good luck


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Just updated mine
by 1travlr / November 15, 2008 7:39 AM PST
In reply to: More bad news

I am currently running NeoOffice 2.2.5 on my Powerbook G4. In fact, I just updated it to Patch 4.
However, I am using 10.4.11. Don't know if that makes any difference.

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Thanks!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2008 7:45 AM PST
In reply to: Just updated mine

I wasn't sure.

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PPC and Intel
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 15, 2008 9:44 PM PST
In reply to: Just updated mine

Although 2.2.5 will run on the G4, finding it seems to be a problem.
Version 3.0 is the one currently posted and that is Intel only.

If you have a link for downloading 2.2.5, please post it here.

Thanks

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NeoOffice
by jedirock / November 15, 2008 10:46 PM PST
In reply to: PPC and Intel

Not sure where you're looking, but the current version of NeoOffice posted is 2.2.5. NeoOffice 3.0 will be available for early access for donaters in mid-January. As for OpenOffice proper, 2.4.0 seems to be the latest for English on PowerPC (although other languages have 3.0 for PPC?), which 3.0 on Intel. I can always try compiling 3.0 for PowerPC if need be. Apple's developer tools will allow PPC applications to be compiled on Intel Macs and vice versa.

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Looks like I got sidetracked,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 16, 2008 3:04 AM PST
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when looking for the download.

You are quite correct and there is a PPC version of 2.2.5 available for download.

My mistake, I stand corrected


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PPS Viewer
by chesshaus / November 19, 2008 6:30 AM PST

Thank you for all of your repLies to my inquiry. Please excuse my ignorance, as I am new to the Mac world. Do I understand that there is a free download available that will allow me to view PowerPoint ? Again, I have a PowerBook G4. I am not sure of the vintage. This leads me to another question. If I have the serial number, is there somewhere that I can go to find out what year my PowerBook is?

Again, thanks to you for all of your help.

hesshaus

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PPS Viewer
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 19, 2008 8:26 AM PST
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Yes, just download Open Office or Neo Office and you will be able to view Power Point presentations.

As to your other question, go Here and enter your serial number in the space provided.

It will not tell you exactly when your PowerBook was made but will narrow it down to a year and series of PowerBooks.

Good Luck

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pps
by usmc67 / March 6, 2009 2:20 AM PST
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I have the same setup, what do I need to do?

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PPS
by onemoremile / March 21, 2009 9:03 AM PDT
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NeoOffice and OpenOffice are both productivity suites that are available for free. Once you have installed one of these packages, you can use the presentation software to open a PowerPoint file. To download NeoOffice, click on http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/download.php#download and download NeoOffice 2.2.5. If you would prefer Open Office, clicking on http://openoffice.bouncer.osuosl.org/?product=OpenOffice.org&os=macosxppc&lang=en-US&version=2.4.0 should get you a version that will run on your machine. (NeoOffice is said to be optimized for the Mac, so you might want to try that one.) Once you have installed your free productivity package, open the application called Impress and use it to open your PPS file.

Let us know how this works out.
Dave

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