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Re-view: Microsoft PowerPoint vs. Apache OpenOffice Impress.

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Ahmad Ouban

on 27 May 2014

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Transcript of Re-view: Microsoft PowerPoint vs. Apache OpenOffice Impress.

Microsoft PowerPoint Vs. Open-Office Impress
Both presentation applications carry system requirements of which are obligatory for you to have in order for your computer to run the application smoothly. Apache Openoffice has been designed to be a multi-platform application. This means it has the ability to run on multiple operating systems including; Mac OSX, Windows and Linux. The hardware specifications required to run OpenOffice vary, Windows and Linux require 256 MB of RAM in order to process OpenOffice, while Mac OSX requires 512 MB of RAM. Furthermore, Linux and Mac OSX similarly require 400 Megabytes of hard-drive space in order to be stored, while Windows requires 600 Megabytes of hard-drive storage. Moreover, a Windows and Linux user of OpenOffice is required to utilise a 1024x768 screen with at least 256 colours, while a Mac user is obligated to use a display with 16.7 million colours and a 1024x768 resolution display. Software-wise, Impress requires a Windows computer running Windows XP and up, as for Linux, the kernel has to be version 2.6 or higher. Within a Mac, the user is required to be running Mac OS Lion(10.7) or higher. Also, all operating systems would require Java Runtime Environment in order to make full use of the features within Impress, GNOME 2.10 is also highly recommended for users utilising the Linux operating system. On the other hand, Microsoft PowerPoint supports only Mac OSX and Windows operating systems, the hardware requirements required to run PowerPoint state a 500 megahertz processor along with 256 megabytes of RAM and 1.5 gigabytes of hard-drive space. A 1024x576 resolution display is also required to run PowerPoint. Additionally, PowerPoint requires a video card of which supports Pixel-Shader 2.0 and Vertex Shader 2.0, the video cards' driver date must be later than first of November, 2004. Software-wise, PowerPoint may be installed on a system running Windows Vista or later, a Mac system requires the software version to be 10.5.8 or later. Unfortunately, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP users may not have access to Microsoft PowerPoint due to the software incompatibilities. Conclusively, Apache OpenOffice Impress delivers a wider compatibility range compared to PowerPoint, giving it the advantage in this part of the comparison.
Apache OpenOffice Impress
Microsoft PowerPoint
There are thousands of open-source and proprietary software available, many of which the features, utilities, ease of use and graphical user interface are comparable with each other. One of the most widely used open source software is known as Apache Open Office, similarly to the infamous, popular proprietary office suite, Microsoft Office. Throughout this Prezi both Microsoft PowerPoint and OpenOffice Impress will be compared, stating and comparing their features, ease of use, graphical user interface, utilities and more.
PowerPoint Theme Selection Screen
Impress Theme Selection Screen
Booting both applications, you are introduced with a screen of optional, selectable templates and themes along with a preference in PowerPoint of which can be used in order to obtain additional themes from the web. In Impress, you are welcomed with a limited amount of themes along with an option for a blank Presentation and another to select a pre-created presentation located within your computer. As the selection of the theme/template has been completed, both applications present you with a customisable interface of which text can be inserted, images can be attached and the template can be modified. PowerPoint provides the user with a slightly complicated interface, displaying the features in multiple tabs. Impress conveys it's simplicity as the features and tools are presented without tabs, making the selection of tools easier and more efficient. Impress also allows the user to move the tools into other positions, making the use of Impress more user friendly. In addition, Impress also portrays a toolbar beneath the editable presentation box of which allows the user to draw shapes and construct arrows and lines. PowerPoint conveys embedded toolbars of which are located above the editable presentation box. Although PowerPoint is a program of which can be learnt easily, any OpenOffice Impress first-time user would enjoy the simplicity of this application. The quality of both applications are comparable, especially due to OpenOffice Impress being an open-source software and Microsoft PowerPoint being a proprietary software. As Impress is open-software, this allows any user of the application to utilise the source code in order to implement more features into the application or improve performance and eliminate glitches/bugs. On the other hand, proprietary software requires the company to locate the bugs/ glitches and release patches in order to repair them. Within proprietary software, features are rarely enhanced or added, if features are added to the program, it is released in a completely refined application of which will be costly for the user, while open-source software offers a source code to the developer, allowing them to implement features within the application.
Impress' Simple, User Friendly Interface
PowerPoint's tab-dominated interface
Both applications(Impress and PowerPoint provide much support to the users of which can be accessed in order to provide reports on bugs, errors or glitches and acquire support. Furthermore, users may look to the support websites of these applications if usability is somewhat difficult and support is required. Impress provides a user with a website of which includes categories and a forum of which can be used to converse with program specialists, other users or the developers of the program. Additionally, a specific link leading to the issue tracker is also provided on the OpenOffice support website, making the detection and report of bugs and glitches easier. The Microsoft PowerPoint support website provides the user with a categorical-style site of which allow the user to obtain 'free training', 'tech support' or 'community forums'. Moreover, Microsoft also provides the user with a phone number of which support can be administered to the user, this particular support feature is a great advantage over Apache OpenOffice Impress. Conclusively, PowerPoint is the winner in this part of the comparison, not only due to the hotline of which can be dialed for support, but also the forums of which carry extensive detail on any troubleshooting required within the application.
Microsoft's Support Hotline
Apache Open Office's Support Website
Microsoft's Support Website
Open Office's Toolbars
PowerPoint's Toolbars
Microsoft PowerPoint Vs. Open-Office Impress
Document Sharing
Both, OpenOffice Impress and Microsoft PowerPoint provide an extensive amount of extensions for many purposes and uses. To the left is the optional PowerPoint file extension selection, of which allows the user to save a PowerPoint presentation in a specific format in comparison to the typical .ppt file extension. PowerPoint allows the saving of many image types including JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF. PowerPoint is also able to generate a Movie in a .mov format of which utilises the timing in between the slides to predict the length of the movie. Additionally, a PowerPoint presentation may be saved as a PowerPoint template, making use of the particular template created in PowerPoint much simpler and easily accessible. Unfortunately, PowerPoint does not carry the option to save presentations as Impress(.odp) extensions, making the use of .odp within PowerPoint impossible.
Furthermore, Impress provides the user with a limited amount of file extensions in comparison to Microsoft PowerPoint. This is shown as the extensions provided do not carry any options to save the Impress Presentation as an image, PDF or Movie. Although this is a limitation, it is made up as Impress provides the user with an ability to save a presentation in a PowerPoint file extension, making it a very useful feature within Impress.
Conclusively, Microsoft PowerPoint and Apache OpenOffice are programs of which provide an extensive amount of features and ease of use. In my opinon, I agree PowerPoint is undeniably the better application over Impress, not only due to it's extensive customisation options, but also due to it's ability to save presentations as an image, movie or PDF. Although PowerPoint may seem as the better application, Impress is also a very similar competitor, carrying strengths such as movable toolbars and a very simple and flawless interface. Both applications are highly successful, with Apache OpenOffice just surpassing the 100 million download count and the Microsoft Office suite exceeding a massive one billion installations. But this may be as PowerPoint has been present for 25 years while OpenOffice was founded just 12 years ago. Also, another factor to be considered is that Impress is a free software, while PowerPoint is a highly funded application, of which much funds and hours have been spent in refining it. Due to Microsoft's decision set a price on PowerPoint, this allowed them to extensively implement more features into the application with the help of experienced developers.
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Impress' System Requirements
PowerPoint's System Requirements
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