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alternative to PowerPoint?

by Kelray / November 1, 2005 5:26 AM PST

A friend of mine needs PowerPoint for a college course that she wants to take. I am wondering if there is a cheaper program out there that will do the same work as PowerPoint. We are hoping that there is a program like Opened Office that can be used in place of PowerPoint. She is using Windows XP home edition. Any advice you can offer us would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance for any help you could offer us.

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I use Open Office.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2005 5:53 AM PST
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There's also WordPerfect Office
by thought_stazi / November 1, 2005 9:20 AM PST

While it's not free, you can get OEM versions (which basically means no tech support) for as little as $10. The programs in WordPerfect Office are probably a bit more advanced than OpenOffice... Though most people don't really need that. It also claims to have pretty good Office compatibility. IBM is still also selling Lotus SmartSuite, but I haven't used that since the 97 version.

If she's using a Mac, you've also got Apple's Keynote app. No clue how it stacks up, barely done more than start it up. There's also AppleWorks, but I don't think there's really much effort going into maintaining that, so any compatibility would probably be pretty poor at this point.

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