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PowerPoint Issues

Keynote's ability to open PowerPoint files is one of its major benefits; in fact, if it were not PowerPoint-friendly, chances are that many people would not have given Keynote a second glance. Compatibility with Microsoft Office applications is essential for programs that want to inhabit the same market segment; that's why, for example, AppleWorks can read and write Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel documents.

Keynote has taken some criticism for not being able to open every PowerPoint file that people have thrown at it, but in my experience, Keynote does a good job. As a test, I imported 50 PowerPoint files into Keynote. Some I had created myself, but the majority were files I downloaded at random from the Web. The files ranged in size from less than 100K (plain text, with only 12 slides) to 4 MB (this file contained many embedded photo graphs). Of the 50 files, Keynote was able to open all of them. That's a pretty good record.


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