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Convert old PowerPoint files via NeoOffice/J Apps
I have some old MS Office PowerPoint files going back 10+ years. Quite a number of them, for some strange reason, would no longer open when I upgraded to Office 2001, nor the latest Office 2004 (some 'file' error message appeared). Many of them contained historical slides, that although old, are often still useful for my latest slide presentations.

I had given them up for dead until recently when I tried to open them in NeoOffice/J (a Mac-centric version of the open source OpenOffice suite). I was quite thrilled to find that the troublsome presentations opened without any error messages. I have since been able to resurrect all those files by opening and resaving them in a format that Office 2004 would recognize.

For those who are in a similar situation, give NeoOffice/J a try.

[robg adds: This much older hint explained how to use an old version of Office to work around this same problem.]
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Also good for getting to PowerPoint Templates
Authored by: jscotta on Dec 19, '05 09:48:24PM

Keynote (Apple's presentation software, in case you didn't know) cannot open PowerPoint template files. So, I use NeoOffice to open any templates that I like and then save them out as regular PowerPoint files with all the pages/elements I am interested in. Keynote can open the regular PowerPoint files.

This is not a perfect method but it is good at getting the base elements across.

Windows because I have to. OS X because I want to.

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