Sorry I missed your note (been swamped at work ...w alligators !) but the answer using the IF statements was going to be my suggestion - it looks like it could work. But reading your note further down, let me play with it over the weekend.. .OH wait. I won't get the new copy until Next week. Let me dive into it any way. I'll get back to you.
I use Excel to crunch lots of numbers... but when it comes to graphing - I HATE it ! Now I think i can go totally to Numbers.
The problem is that KeyNote has so many more advanced features that are wiped out when you convert the KeyNote to PPT. It's like converting Windows XP back to Windows 3.1 !! You'll lose many of those cool special effects. They'll do something similar but doesn't look as cool.. some will do nothing ! AND you have to be sure both machines have the same text or it'll substitute some god-awful font for your fancy Mac one. Sooo you have to stick with Arial, Courier, Helvetica, Times , etc.
I'm a ~100% KeyNote man! I will do a PPT IF I know I have to run it on a Windows machine... like you, I don't want to be disappointed.
Loc: Alexandria, VA
Well, the issue of course is that the two programs have different capabilities -- so the translation gets fsckd-up going in either direction. For example, the last time I looked, Keynote didn't support all of Powerpoint's animations ... also, Keynote uses quicktime transitions that aren't supported by the PC version of Powerpoint ...
And don't even get me started with the fact that there are still tons of people who use Powerpoint '95 and such yet still expect everything to look and work flawlessly =P
Font issues are and always have been endemic to both platforms -- you always have to use the dumbed-down fonts common to both, or make sure the recipient has the exact same font loaded on their machine ...
Yeah, the conversion of Keynote to PowerPoint is pretty bad when you use the coolest features of Keynote in your presentation (the animations). 9 times out of 10 it just doesn't work too well - at least in my experience. Too bad they don't have some kind of "reader" software for Windows that could just read/display the native Keynote file for presentation sake.
I have never seen any sort of file conversion that didn't suck. Remember the Office translators in Appleworks/Clarisworks? Awful.
Bottom line: For Keynote's adoption to be increased, there needs to be a Windows reader that can run the files with 100% compatibility. You can't walk into a conference room, open a file and have ****anything**** go wrong.
When I tried Numbers I found it unusable. I prefer Excel by far. I have not tried the new Numbers version, though. Regarding charts, I've used Chartsmith and DeltaGraph with great results but that was a few years ago. I would love Aabel but it's too expensive for me. Citrin looks like a nice alternative for simpler stuff.
I was the same with with Numbers. After so many years with Excel my brain could not handle the change. But my wife went for it and threw out Excel and DeltaGraph. I've tried Numbers2009 and I can now see the light.
I still cannot figure out how to open more than one Inspector but I haven't asked my wife yet.
Xplain's use of MacNews, AppleCentral and AppleExpo are not affiliated with Apple, Inc. MacTech is a registered trademark of Xplain Corporation. AppleCentral, MacNews, Xplain, "The journal of Apple technology", Apple Expo, Explain It, MacDev, MacDev-1, THINK Reference, NetProfessional, MacTech Central, MacTech Domains, MacForge, and the MacTutorMan are trademarks or service marks of Xplain Corp. Sprocket is a registered trademark of eSprocket Corp. Other trademarks and copyrights appearing in this printing or software remain the property of their respective holders.
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.