Open Office Impress: Views

Written by on March 9, 2012 in Presentations - Comments Off

In Open Office Impress, each of the workspace View is designed to facilitate easy completion of certain tasks. It is basically sound to familiarize yourself with the different Views in order to quickly accomplish the required tasks.

Normal view

Normal view is assigned to the creation of individual slides. Use this view to design and format slides, to add graphics, animation effects and text. To place a slide in the Workspace or the slide design area in the Normal view, either double click the slide thumbnail in the Navigator or click it in the Slides pane.

Outline view

Outline view contains all of the slides in their numbered sequence. It displays the topic titles, numbered lists, and bulleted lists of each slide in outline format. Only the text confined in the default text boxes in each slide is displayed, so if your slide has other drawing objects or text boxes, the text in these objects is not shown. Slide names are not inclusive.

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How To Create a New Presentation with Impress

Written by on February 25, 2012 in Open Office, Presentations - Comments Off

Create convincing presentations with Open Office Impress powered by special effects, transition styles, high impact drawing tools animations, 2D and 3D clip art. This outstanding tool generates effective multimedia presentations that you will surely captivate your audience. Not until now!

While building your presentation, you can view your slides in various viewing modes such as the Normal View for general editing, Outline View for outlining and organizing your text content, Notes View for editing the notes to a slide, Handout View for generating print materials and Slide Sorter for viewing thumbnail sheets so you can quickly locate and arrange your slides.

At the time of your presentation, you can utilize a powerful Slideshow Mode giving you total control on how slides are sequenced and displayed in manual or automated timed slide transition and with every conceivable supporting application at hand.

Now it is time to get to the basics and let’s get you to work to set up a new presentation utilizing the Presentation Wizard. So first on line is to think about why you are building a presentation, who will be your target audience and build your presentation based on the answers to these question statements. Having a good idea of knowing your audience, the content, the structure and how to deliver your presentation will save you a lot of quality time from the start off point.

When starting Impress, the Presentation Wizard will be displayed. If you do not want the preliminary introductions, previews and what not, just choose the “Do not show this Wizard again” and your wish is the Wizard’s command. It will disappear in oblivion for up until you summon it again by going to Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org Impress > General > Wizard, and selecting the “Start with wizard option”

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How To Modify a Slide Presentation in Impress

Written by on February 11, 2012 in Open Office, Presentations - Comments Off

How To Modify an Impress PresentationModify Slides

A Slide Master has specific characteristics that act as a template and used as a starter prop in creating other slides. Its characteristics include the background, text format, objects in the background, and background graphics. To alter the background and other characteristics in all presentation slides, you need to select a different slide master or modify the slide master.

Open Office Impress has a range of predesigned slide masters, stored in the Master Pages of the Tasks pane. You can create and save slide masters or generate more from other sources. Master page, Master slide, and slide master all refer to a slide that is used to create other slides.

Choose the preferred background from the list including bitmap, solid color, gradient, and hatching. Click OK. Clicking Yes to the dialog box prompt asking to apply the background on all the slides would automatically modify the slide master. If you need to only alter the background, you can take do this shortcut: Choose Format > Page and click the Background tab.

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How To Format A Presentation with Impress

Written by on February 6, 2012 in Open Office, Presentations - Comments Off

There is only one empty slide in a new presentation. You can add new slides and prepare them for the intended contents.

Inserting slides

You can choose to insert slides from the following techniques:

  • Insert > Slide.
  • Right click the current slide, choose Slide > New Slide from the displayed menu.
  • Tap the Slide icon on the Presentation toolbar.

To duplicate a slide you have already inserted, from the Slides pane, choose the slide you like to duplicate and then select Insert > Duplicate Slide.

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Open Office Impress – Features

Written by on January 28, 2012 in Presentations - Comments Off

Open Office Impress is an open source slide show presentation program similar to and compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint. It is a member component of the Open Office free software developed by Sun Microsystems. In addition to its ability to create PDF files from presentations, it is capable in exporting presentations to SWF files which can be played on any computer with an installed Flash player. It is able to edit, view and save files in various file formats, like the .ppt format, which is used by PowerPoint.

Open Office Impress allows users to install the Open Clip Art Library, a large gallery of images from which to generate materials for drawing projects and general presentation. The ready-to-use open clipart package is available for download from Linux distributions, Ubuntu, Gentoo, Debian, and Mandriva online software repositories. Impress, a component of free software, was launched as a component of Open Office under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.

With Open Office Impress, you can create professional presentations with slide shows that may include text, drawing objects, multimedia, charts and much more. You can also import and modify old Microsoft PowerPoint presentations with on-screen slide shows, animation, slide transitions and multimedia and more techniques, to make your presentation more exciting.

  • Creating Vector Graphics

Open Office Impress shares most of the tools used in creating vector graphics available in Open Office Draw.

  • Creating Slides

There are numerous templates in Open Office Impress to help you create professional-looking slides. You can also opt to designate a number of vibrant effects to your slides, including transition effects and animation.

  • Creating Presentations

When designing a slide show, several pages or views are available for your use. For instance, an overview of your slides can be displayed in thumbnail form with the use of the Slide Sorter, while the Handout page contains both the text and the slide you want to physically distribute to your audience. Open Office Impress also allows you to test the timing of your presentation. A whole package of Views is supported: Outline / Drawing / Notes / Slides /Handouts to meet all your needs as a presenter and to satisfy your audiences. Likewise, an optional multi-pane view is available wherein all the tools you need are just a single click away.

  • Publishing Presentations

You can publish your on-screen slides, as HTML documents or as handouts.

  • Master Pages

Master Pages can simplify the preparation of your materials.

  • Presenter Console Extension

Allows you to view your next slides plus the time and speaker notes while presenting their slides when using multiple monitors.

  • Giving Presentations

Open Office Impress gives you options of presenting a slide show manually or automatically. Your impressive presentations can be supported with special effects, 2D and 3D clip art, high-impact drawing tools and animation. Save your slide shows in Open Document format and retrieve them from any Open Document compliant software. You can always use old PowerPoint presentations, or save your Impress work in PowerPoint format for sharing your presentations with people still patronizing Microsoft products. You can also create Flash versions of your presentations as Open Office Impress has the built-in ability to support the process.

What is Open Office Impress?

Written by on January 4, 2012 in Open Office, Presentations - Comments Off

Open Office Impress LogoImpress is Open Office’s slide show presentations component. When you create slides for presentation, you can access impressive tools to aid your creation containing a variety of exciting elements, including bulleted and numbered lists, charts, text, clip art, and tables plus a wide array of graphic objects to choose from. Open Office Impress, together with the other components like Writer, has access to the thesaurus and spelling checker and has pre-packaged background styles, text styles and a useful online help.

The Presentation Wizard of Open Office Impress aids in the creation of simple slide shows while powerful presentations can be achieved through more advanced features. Imagine producing effective multimedia presentations that will surely impress your audience with two-dimensional and three-dimensional clip art, animation, special effects and high-impact drawing gadgets.

The main Open Office Impress window contains the Slides pane, the Tasks pane and the Workspace.  Several toolbars can be displayed or hidden while creating presentations. For instance, you can remove the Tasks pane or the Slides pane from view by simply clicking the X mark in the upper right corner of every pane. You may also wish to show or hide panes using the View button and clicking the Hide/Show marker. Hiding the Slides and Tasks panes is convenient when you want to maximize your Workspace area.

The Slides pane stores thumbnail pictures of the presentation slides. You can choose the slides to be transferred to your Workspace and arrange them in the order that you want them to be shown. You can also add new slides, mark a slide as hidden to the presentation, delete a slide from the presentation, rename a slide and duplicate a slide by ‘copy and paste’ function or move it by ‘cut and paste’ to a different position in the presentation. The Slides pane also allows you to alter the slide transition, change the slides sequence, alter the slide design or simultaneously change the layout for a group of slides.

The Tasks pane includes five sections with Master Pages simplifying the function of preparing your materials. By downloading templates from the Extensions repository, you save time in creating powerful presentations. Drawing, outline, slides, notes and handout views are supported here to meet all the requirements of presenters and target audiences, including an optional multi-pane view where you can store all the handy tools when needed. Open Office Impress carries a comprehensive range of easy-to-use diagramming and drawing tools to spice up your presentation. Its Slide show Effects and Animation bring more life to your presentation. Fontworks supplies amazing two-dimensional and three-dimensional images from text simulating live images with great speed and response.

Open Office Impress supports multiple monitors, giving presenters to view something else while using a projector for slides presentation. With the free Presenter Console Extension, you can make the most out of every presentation because it allows you to view your next slides including the time and the essential speaker notes.

You can save your attractive presentations in Open Document format, which will allow you to access any presentation saved from other software compatible with Open Document format. This new international standard XML based format for office documents does not tie you down to Open Office Impress. You have the option to use your old M PowerPoint presentations or save your Open Office Impress work in the old M PowerPoint format so you can send presentations to users who still haven’t used the Open Office Impress.

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