PowerPoint to DVD: Ward off the Version Trouble of Your PowerPoint Presentation

Posted By Frank on April 16, 2009
in Slides Showroom

It’s all right to run and save your PowerPoint presentations on your own PC. It’s better, however, to burn these presentations onto DVD discs with PowerPoint to DVD Burner to avoid the PowerPoint version problem.

Why Why?
Believe it or not, your PowerPoint presentation is for public use rather than personal fun at most of the time. You may make a presentation for classes, meetings, or sales promotion that is expected to be shown and shared elsewhere. As a result, it is required that no incompatibility exists between the PowerPoint version on the targeted computer and that on your source OS.

Before saving it on a USB stick as it is, you should therefore take concerns on PowerPoint delivery – the version problem. Not every computer is installed with the same version of PowerPoint as yours. For example, if your presentation is made of PowerPoint 2007, the more advanced version, how will you take it to display in full play in an older version such as 2003? More complex is the cross-platform problem. What would it be like if you are trying to connect your PowerPoint presentation from MS Windows to a different operating system like Macintosh? It is also what you should pay attention to when preparing a presentation.

How How?
The way to bridge the gap between two different PowerPoint versions may vary. One shortcut should be saving it on a portable DVD disc with PowerPoint to DVD burner. Note that the program only applies to Microsoft PowerPoint 2002/2003/2007, supported by the MS Windows OS.

Burn PowerPoint to DVD

The conversion software is born to bring easy access to your PowerPoint presentation anywhere by converting it to DVD or video format. All you need to do is to import your presentation into the software program, select an output format (Standard, HD DVD or Video) and leave the rest work to it alone.

An addition to the functionality is, the software is able to retain all the animations and wipes from the source PowerPoint. You will never worry about any loss of effect. You can also take advantage of the feature of custom DVD menus as you expect in the output setting.

Once burned to a DVD disc, your presentation will play nice on any computer regardless of different PowerPoint versions, including Macintosh versions. So will it do on a big-screen TV with a DVD player.

Except the mentioned PowerPoint to DVD solution, still there are some general tips that you can follow to view a PowerPoint presentation in different platforms:

1. Make it simple. You’d better apply PowerPoint’s drawing tools to create shapes and drawings instead of using content from a third-party application.

2. Use industry-standard or less platform-specific media formats. Use MPEG videos and DRM-free MP3 sounds for inserting into your PowerPoint presentation.

3. Use standardized fonts applied to both Windows and Mac, including Arial, Times New Roman, Courier New, Verdana, Tahoma, Trebuchet MS, etc.

4. Avoid using PICT graphics on the Mac OS. For both platforms, GIF, PNG, and JPG graphic files work best. For illustrations, use WMF or EMF files.

5. Don’t space your text too tightly. Font rendering differences may add an extra line to a text box on either Windows or Mac versions of PowerPoint.

6. Last but not least, keep in mind that some features don’t work on either platform. Mac versions of PowerPoint (MS PowerPoint 2004/2008) still don’t have motion path or trigger animations, although they can show you motion path animations in presentations created on Windows.

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