Viewing Office file formats without Office installed



OK, so you’ve received a Powerpoint presentation that you NEED to view, but can’t So the first reaction is to run out and buy Microsoft Office right? Well, no that doesn’t have to be the first choice. There are in fact a few options.

For starters, under both Windows and Linux you could install OpenOffice.org Openoffice is a freely available and share-able open source office suite. It comes complete with Word Processor, spreadsheet, and Presentation functions as well as database functionality and other tools. I’ve found Impress (the presentation component to do a fairly good job reading Powerpoint presentations (and saving to that format as well for compatibility with MS Office users.

There are other options though. One good one is the freely available Powerpoint viewer from Microsoft, yes they make viewers for ALL their office file formats freely available. It’s in many ways to their advantage to encourage greater saturation and acceptance of the file format. There is an older version of the Powerpoint viewer available that will run on Windows 95 (the earlier link requires Win98 Second Edition and more recent.) Now, it’s possible to install these viewers under linux using a project called wine. Wine is a Windows compatibility layer that allows Windows application to run in the Linux environment. A more polished and easier to use implementation is Crossover Office It gives a nice front end for installing windows applications, a list of supported applications and, well support for their product. In fact, Codeweavers, the company behind Crossover Office is the major funder of the Wine Project. (They employ most of the Wine programmers.)

The links above to the Microsoft viewer may change at some point. The safest bet would be to search at www.microsoft.com/downloads/

Related Posts

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts
  • Microsoft's quick response to network worms.... This is an ironic title because frankly, Microsoft has seemed to be slow in solutions for the recent zotob worm. Of course, they announced the vulnerability and accompanying update to solve the issue to begin with, but after the virus started propagating what do we see from Microsoft? They have......
  • Running windows applications directly in linux Linux.com has a good explanation of using binfmt_misc to directly launch a windows (or java or python) application just by typing in the application name. *(without all the contortions of ... /home/user/bin/wine /home/user/.wine/c_drive/Program\ Files/Really\ Neat\ Software/Program.exe ) You do have to make the app executable under linux (chmod 755) and......
  • Running Windows Applications in Linux another look at Wine Recently I did a post on the release of version 5 of Crossover Office which is a commercially supported variation of the wine project. In fact, it's very similar, the only exceptions I know of are the neater installer for software and paid support. Anyway, I've got a project I've......
Blog Traffic Exchange Related Websites
  • Apple’s Advertising Budget is bigger than Microsoft Vista’s Hii Guyz, I just got this news. Thought to share with you all. It turns out that I underestimated Apple’s advertising budget. Lindsay Blakely at Bnet (a former Business 2.0 reporter) found the actual numbers in a subsequent SEC filing. In its 2008 fiscal year that just ended last September,......
  • Microsoft Officially Shows Off Windows 8 [Video] Microsoft's Windows 7 is one of the best operating systems by Microsoft. Vista was also good, but Microsoft didn't take into consideration the hardware it's users might be using. So, if you needed to use Vista, you should have to completely upgrade your hardware. Rumors and leaks of Windows 8,......
  • How to Enable Show Hidden Files and Folders Some malware can modify Windows settings to disable or prevent users to change setting of Show Hidden Files and Folders under folder options. These steps will help you regain access or modify and save the settings. PROCEDURE A: 1 . Go to Start > Run 2. Type regedit on the......
www.pdf24.org    Send article as PDF   

Similar Posts


See what happened this day in history from either BBC Wikipedia
Search:
Keywords:
Amazon Logo

Comments are closed.


Switch to our mobile site