By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-01-16 Print this article Print

Eval testers said they relied on PowerPoint less than Word or Excel when using the Microsoft Office suite, but many of them do produce complex presentations with embedded Word and Excel objects.

As we saw in tests with OpenOffice.org 1.1.1, ThinkFree Show ran into issues with slides that made heavy use of embedded objects. Large files with graphics, for example, would not open in some instances. Also, a spreadsheet selection copied from Excel 2000 pasted over as plain text in ThinkFree Show.

However, users said building simple presentations from scratch was easy using the friendly, familiar Show interface.

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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