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Besides Open Office, is there any solution for opening .pptx presentations on Linux (Debian to be more precise)?

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Other than LibreOffice, you could use an online conversion tool like Google docs to convert presentations from .pptx either directly or via a Firefox extension. There are other online conversion tools like Zamzar to convert the .pptx to a format that you can access on your machine; format choices include:

  • .html
  • .pdf
  • .odp
  • .png
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Stage (the presentations component) of Calligra is able to open .pptx files.

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This question is from ages ago, but I will add this in for reference.

Kingsoft Office 2013

This is sort of the Chinese version of Microsoft Office, but with support for English and a few other languages, and has be simply brilliant in the latest versions. It has a nice interface compared to the bog standard libreoffice - and versions later than the 4207 2013 version can edit Office 2010 .docx documents, as well as pptx and Excel formats.

It is available as a one-install package, which provides versions of Word, Presentation/Powerpoint, and Calc/Excel. For most uses, libreoffice works OK, but this is sometimes necessary for compatibility.

Kingsoft Word

I will also note that any Americans who may want to use this may have a problem, due to licensing things - http://askubuntu.com/a/235960/178596

Be sure to read their restrictions: AMERICANS downloading it are violating their license and confirm they may be sued. http://wps.cn/privacy/unixdistribute "Kingsoft authorizes you the non-exclusive right to use the "Product" in the territorial scope in the world (“Authorized Territorial Scope”) except for North America (including only the United States, Canada and Greenland, similarly hereinafter)" Credit to @Rinzwind

You can download the .deb from here: http://wps-community.org/download.html

There is a guide to installing .deb files here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/ubuntu-linux-how-do-i-install-deb-packages/

For rpm's, you can cd to the directory where it has been downloaded, then sudo yum install PACKAGE-NAME.rpm for Fedora and other rpm systems.

For both this AND libreoffice, you will get better performance if you can get the Windows fonts and install them onto your Ubuntu computer. You can copy them from the fonts direcotry on a Windows computer on its C: drive.

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