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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations Apps
I just discovered that PowerPoint for Windows cannot display some images of a PowerPoint for Mac OS X file. Instead of displaying the image, a message reading "Need QuickTime and Tiff converter" is shown in its place. This came to a surprise, as I only used gif, jpeg and png files in that PowerPoint file as source images. Each of these files should be easily readable on both systems.

As it turned out, this only happened when I used the PowerPoint templates for picture slides on my Mac to make the presentation. These slide templates show a little box where pictures can be dropped in. Pictures are then automatically resized to the dimensions of this box/placeholder. During this process, they seem to be converted in to a pict file, which cannot be dislpayed on Windows machines.

So the hint is: Do not use the picture templates slides in PowerPoint for Mac. Instead, place and resize your images by hand.

[robg adds: The picture slides are available in the Add Ojbects section of the Formatting Palette; scroll down by clicking the down arrow a couple of times, and you will see them.]
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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: umijin on Jun 13, '07 09:18:01AM

Hmmm... I had this error, but it wasn't really related to templates nor dropping image files onto placeholder boxes. So, I'm not quite sure that's the cause of the problem.

I found that if I used the compatibility report and fixed the compatibility errors, I didn't have problems opening a Mac PowerPoint file on a Windows machine.



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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: dennymingus on Jun 13, '07 10:24:06AM
This problem is really a serious concern when you are on a Windows machine and receive these files and need to be able to edit or view the document. Instead of bothering the sending party with the problem, there is a fix that works pretty well.

http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00534.htm

You'll still need to use the Mac version of Powerpoint, it simply doesn't work on the PC. Paste the script into the vbscript editor within powerpoint.

Note that you'll have to change
sPath = "Machintosh HD:"

to reflect the name of your Mac hard drive and to add any subfolders.

This works by saving the Tiff files out as png files and reimporting them into powerpoint, keeping the same positioning and size data. Most of the time it "just works". I've had one instance where it didn't. On that occasion I saved the presentation for the web from the Mac, and manually brought over the JPGs.

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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: mytimac on Jun 13, '07 12:01:23PM

As was pointed out in the link in the post above. Any time you copy and paste graphics into Powerpoint you will get this problem. Doing a copy and paste still uses the old conversion to PICT type graphics.

That is usually the most common problem users have with that error on a Windows system.



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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: PancakeMan on Jun 13, '07 02:56:47PM
I've run into this too. De-scratching the image in advance also works to convert the image into something Windows can see.

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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: ganmac on Jun 13, '07 03:54:33PM

For me, this problem occurs when I am inserting an image with cut/paste. If I use the Import menu, the Windows users have no problems seeing the images.

Probably the issue has to do with the way OS X is working with images from the Clipboard. Maybe they are being rendered by Quick time?



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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: Jai Gill on Jun 14, '07 03:50:05AM

I agree with your post. In my experience, cut & paste leads to problems where as inserting a graphic from a file does not.

Something else I've noticed, the Mac version of PowerPoint has more slide build and transition features. One I use a lot on the Mac is the ability to apply an effect on 'exiting' a slide. The WinDOS version can't cope with this and I end up having to create multiple slides and remove objects the hard way...

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JG



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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: thorsten.b on Jun 14, '07 04:10:43AM

From my experience its definitely a cut and paste problem. So usually I drag the pictures onto the slide (from iphoto). However, I just tested it again, when I drag them onto that placeholder box in the template, the picture file is converted to a pict. file which can't be seen on windows.

So, I ende up using keynote and exporting to a powerpoint file (Where I sometimes get editable files and sometimes non-editable power point files, no clue why).

t.



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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: jpruden on Jun 14, '07 01:17:03PM

Thorsten...

You're correct... but the real solution is to use Insert> Picture> From File...> and then choose the file. Works 100% of the time.

smiles,
Jamie



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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: ploesslkh on Jun 14, '07 05:03:11AM

this is a common problem if you do copy/paste. What seems to help is save the copied item to a file (depends from which application, save as (png, tiff etc) or use "Grab" for a screen shot etc) and then import the file in Powerpoint. There are still many incompatibilities between Powerpoint Mac and Windows and for every single presentation (everybody in our group has Macs but it seems all scientific meetings use PCs for presentation purposes) we check all slides on a PC ( and there are even some differences on Windows computers (depending if some fonts are available or not)!



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Avoid a Windows image error in PowerPoint presentations
Authored by: Death_Merchant on Jun 14, '07 02:50:47PM

This (and all other "red X") problems with ppt can be avoided by inserting graphics using Insert: Picture: From File...

Use a graphic file format that is multi-platform (gif, tif, pdf, etc.)

Do not Drag & Drop.



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