Differences between PowerPoint and Impress

Posted on October 14, 2014 in Technical PowerPoint Help by Slideshop

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Impress vs PowerPoint

OpenOffice Impress is an affordable alternative to the popular Microsoft PowerPoint. While both programs have many similar features, it is good to know the differences between the two. If you need to choose which one best suits your needs, or to open a .ppt file with Impress, the table below can help you make decisions, and guide you in crafting your presentation.

PowerPoint Impress 3.1.0
Cost Buy an MS Office disc or download Download for free
Changes Microsoft-owned. You must wait for the next version to see new features. Open-source. You can customize the program anytime.
Diagrams More choices, with SmartArt feature Limited. You have to create your own diagrams using the drawing tools provided.
Narration recording Integrated in the software You can record your narration using other software (e.g., Audacity) and insert each clip into the slide it accompanies.
Slide transition and animation Arranged visually in categories Arranged in an alphabetical list
File formats .pptx, .pptm, .ppt, .pdf, .xps, .potx, .potm, .pot, .thmx, .pps, .ppsx, .ppsm, .ppt, .ppam, .ppa, wmv, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tif, .bmp, .wmf, .emf, .rtf, .pptx, .odp .ppt, .pps, .pot, .pptx, .pptm, .potx, .potm, .sda, .sdd, .sdp, .vor, .uop, .uof, .cgm, .pdf

Importing Slideshop’s pre-designed PowerPoint decks to OpenOffice Impress

Our slides have been designed using PowerPoint. You can open them using Impress, but in some cases you will notice that the placeholders and illustrations are not in their proper locations. If you plan to edit slides from one of our decks using OpenOffice, you can always check that deck’s Impress compatibility with our support staff.

Free Impress Slides

While it’s a fact that there are more PowerPoint loyalists, Slideshop is also here to serve Impress users. That’s why we have uploaded three Impress slides (sales presentation, company presentation, SWOT) to the OpenOffice website. Yes, you can download them there for free!

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