We had visitors from Zeus Scientific today at work and the lead guy wanted to give a presentation which highlighted their instrument. The instrument runs serological assays using the Luminex system. Basically, it allows you to test 1 serum sample for up to 100 different antibodies simultaneously. So you could test for dozens of diseases in 1 - 20 ul sample. Pretty cool, but that's NOT what the post is about.
The guy didn't bring a computer and the Branch Laptop was locked up an another office. So I volunteered my MacBook.. he said the presentation was in Powerpoint and I have Office 2004 so I thought NO problem! Well..... we plug in his jump drive and the presentation was in Powerpoint 2007.. not 2003. NO where in CDC do we have Office 2007 ! .. we're still using 2003. I had Office for Mac 2008 but I didn't like it and never installed it on my Laptop... SO in desperation, we tried to open it anyway and low and behold it opened !! So he gave his show and all was cool. Played movies, and finally he had a spreadsheet of data he wanted to show us and low and behold his Excel 2007 file opened too !!
Then he went looking for the Excel Tabs at the bottom of the window and they weren't there, but there was a list of spreadsheets on the left pane. WHOA !! ... this isn't in Excel - this is Numbers ! WAIT a minute... the Presentation wasn't in PowerPoint- KeyNote Opened it up !!
WOW! Kewl ! Way to go iWork'09 !!! Needless to say, they WERE impressed.
LOL - Thats great I run into similar problems from PC to PC all the time . I ounce held a safety orientation for about 50 people and the safety officer flew in with her Dell , projector and a power point CD .
Anyway After about 20 minutes of trouble shooting her Dell laptop we could not make it work - Then we decided to use my Dell laptop and by a fluke the Power Point show worked , turns out that I rebooted my laptop with the projector turned on <-- Go figure
Turns out that XP "Start Menu" -- > go to devices ,, is screwed up
Opening office docs in iWork is easy/great. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said when going the other direction. Trying to run a Keynote presentation with the cool effects after exporting to PowerPoint is disappointing to say the least.
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