Another program that comes installed in the Ubuntu 13.10 standard install is LibreOffice Impress.
Think about your professional on-the-job experiences. Whether you were the boss or a participant in meetings, you have probably had a fair amount of exposure to presentation software that will generally use a slide format. Yes, we are discussing powerpoint slide shows. LibreOffice has a viable competitor which we will be looking at in this article.
Just like any other powerful presentation software available, Impress has an option to use master pages to create a truly impressive slide show. These master pages will control color, font, and page layouts. After choosing your master page design you will be able to choose the layout of each apge contained in your presentation. These layouts include title, centered, title with content over content, and many others.
When you want to insert a table into a slide there are many color and formatting choices. Below we see some of the formatting and options available in a table along with a text block that was placed below it.
Other features that you will see in the popular presentation software include the ability to customize animations and slide transitions. You have these capabilities in LibreOffice Impress also. A slide automation function that can be utilized gives you the ability to automatically transfer slides at a given time interval.
Do you like to hand out notes for the attendees to follow along with your slide presentation? You can use the “Notes” view and type in the notes for each slide. If you prefer to print only the notes you can accomplish this by clicking File and then Print (or CTRL-P) and choose to print only the notes document.
Are you wondering if we will be covering anything truly impressive about this program? Hang on, we are getting there. Are you impressed by a slide with a chart on it? Let’s add a chart and then modify its data table by right-clicking the chart and selecting that.
We can choose to present this data in many forms including column, line, scatter, stock, and many others. The data table that you see above produces a pie chart that looks like you see in the pictures.
Now we are ready for some fun stuff. Suppose you have a need to switch your slide design occasionally. This can be accomplished on a slide-by-slide basis by clicking on Format and Slide Design. When you are getting excited about some of this functionality take a look at the freeform artwork, callouts, and pictures that can be added to each slide.
When you are ready to save the slide show, it can be saved as different versions of powerpoint in autoplay, template, and slide show format. In addition to powerpoint format, you could choose ODF, OpenOffice and Office Open XML.
As an accuracy test in the file conversions, I have opened the Excel and Word files as they were saved from the LibreOffice software versions and I was quite impressed with the accuracy. I am not so impressed with this slide show when it was opened in PowerPoint. It was missing the pie chart and the text placed across two lines on a slide did not show across both lines. The table, though, fared quite well in the converted slideshow.