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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:50 am    Post subject: Problem saving large PP file Reply with quote

I have a large (200+ slides) PowerPoint file that I have imported and made a few changes to. When I try to export back out as a PP file, Impress always crashes. I tried saving smaller versions and found that up to fifty slides works without a problem. As soon as I go above this though, I get crashes again.

Is this something to do with the file size, or could there be something in the PP file causing the problem?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gewitty,

Which source (e.g. the web, html, web-adress ?) has been used for importing your document?

If you still have the original file, import and save it without changes and export this document as a PP file. Is Impress crashing again?

Apart from graphics: does the document have any text ?
Please count the number of characters in the complete document and in the leading 50 slides.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original PP file was emailed to me as a .ppt presentation.

I tried importing and then saving the file straight back out as PP, with no changes, but the same crash happened. What I see when saving is the progress bar apparently completes moving from left to right, then the timer 'wheel' icon appears for about thirty seconds, before becoming the normal pointer again. There is then a brief pause, before the error screen appears.

The document has quite a lot of graphics, embedded graphs and a lot of text. I tried to find a word count option, but there doesn't appear to be one, so I can't give you an accurate figure.

If it's relevant, I'm using Ubuntu Linux as my OS.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gewitty,

You might try an export to pdf and check what happens at the particular problematic slide.

You will not find word count statistics in impress. The number of words does not seem to be a problem. Maybe a font problem is causing trouble.

OOo Version 2.*.* will import Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP.
Do you know the tool version used for creating (or latest editing) of the PP-file?

You will find detailed conversion information in the OpenOffice.org Migration Guide in
http://documentation.openoffice.org/manuals/

Another approach would be:
Open a new impress file and copy / paste from the PP-file into this new document.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interestingly, when I saved it as a PDF, it worked perfectly.

Not sure about which version of PP was used to create the original, but it was fairly recently, so I guess it's not an old version.

Thanks for the link to the manual. I'll take a look at this and see if it gives me any clues.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a test, I ran the odp file through www.mediaconverter.org. This service converted the file to pps with no errors, so it appears that there may be a bug in Open Office.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the document is important to you I would proceed as follows:

To identify the buggy element create a new Impress-document.

Copy/paste the first 50 pages into the new Impress-document.
These first 50 pages seem to be OK.
Save the document.

Add new pages one by one and save the document.
As soon as the system crashes you may have found the problematic sheet.
From your description the problem may be located around page 50.

Skip the problematic sheet and try to insert the rest of document.
Save the document.
If the document is not crashing, you may try to repair or restore the single problematic sheet.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Hans, but as I aid in my last post, the file is now converted without any errors, using the www.mediaconverter.org service. So I think the problem must be a bug in Open Office, not the file itself.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gewitty wrote:
Thanks Hans, but as I aid in my last post, the file is now converted without any errors, using the www.mediaconverter.org service. So I think the problem must be a bug in Open Office, not the file itself.


Your mail reports a succesful conversion from odp to pps, but not succesful editing in OOo.
Are you able to edit the converted file in OOo?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. I have no problem editing the file, only in exporting it as a PowerPoint presentation.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gewitty wrote:
Yes. I have no problem editing the file, only in exporting it as a PowerPoint presentation.


OK, I understand.
You are able to edit the file and save it in Impress format.
Then you use the web-converter to generate a PowerPoint presentation.

Thanks for reporting and maybe other users will be using the same procedure.

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