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Macbook Pro and Powerpoint (Yechhh)

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jr - indiana Calculating status...
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Mar 1, 2006 6:36 AM
I've been using my MacBook Pro (2.0) for a few days. Powerpoint is just unacceptably slow. It takes a long time to open up and then usability is low. There is a horrible latency when typing in a text box. Doing any action takes at least twice as long as Powerpoint on the old Powerbook (which was not all that fast). Its bad enough that I am considering returning my MacBook. Is anyone else experiencing this? I'm not holding my breath that Microsoft will release a universal version of Office soon so this is a killer concern for me. I also tried to convert existing Powerpoints to Keynote 3 and it crashes if the Powerpoint is over 300k (which nearly every file is). I'm very frustrated - any help out there???
Macbook Pro 2.0, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • elbirth Calculating status...
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    Mar 1, 2006 6:40 AM (in response to jr - indiana)
    What are the specs on your MacBook Pro? My 2.0GHz with 2GB of ram runs it just fine from what I've used so far of it.
    15.4" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,095 points)
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    Mar 1, 2006 6:49 AM (in response to jr - indiana)
    Consider using Keynote instead until Office becomes universal.
    QS 1.33 GHz & 867 MHz; TiPB 667 & 1G; 512 MB & 1GB RAM; Orig. G3 PB; 20 GB & 5 GB iPods; AEBS;, Mac OS X (10.4.5), 30 GB iPod Video (Black); MacBook Pro 2 Ghz
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,095 points)
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    Mar 1, 2006 7:10 AM (in response to jr - indiana)
    Is it possible your large PPT file is corrupted in some way? I have a couple of over 300 K PPT presentations that both work fine in PowerPoint and Keynote.

    Does the file that crashes work OK on a different computer (if you are able to test this?)
    QS 1.33 GHz & 867 MHz; TiPB 667 & 1G; 512 MB & 1GB RAM; Orig. G3 PB; 20 GB & 5 GB iPods; AEBS;, Mac OS X (10.4.5), 30 GB iPod Video (Black); MacBook Pro 2 Ghz
  • jim farley Level 3 Level 3 (505 points)
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    Mar 1, 2006 8:09 AM (in response to jr - indiana)
    I use Powerpoint almost every day on my Powerbook, and the performance is fine. I tried Powerpoint on a MacBook in a retail store for a while (created some slides, changed the presentation theme a few times, etc., etc.), and it seemed fine there, too. Not snappy, but roughly the same as on my Powerbook.

    It sounds to me like something is odd with your presentation file, or your Powerpoint installation, or both.
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,095 points)
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    Mar 1, 2006 8:31 AM (in response to jr - indiana)
    I don't know what to suggest. I've tried my one over 300 K presentation both on my MacBook Pro using Keynote and Power Point, and it works without any problem. Power Point is a bit slow initially, but once up with the presentation loaded it was acceptable.

    I suspect you have a problem, but I don't think it's with Power Point or Keynote.
    QS 1.33 GHz & 867 MHz; TiPB 667 & 1G; 512 MB & 1GB RAM; Orig. G3 PB; 20 GB & 5 GB iPods; AEBS;, Mac OS X (10.4.5), 30 GB iPod Video (Black); MacBook Pro 2 Ghz
  • C.J Mac Calculating status...
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    Mar 1, 2006 8:53 AM (in response to jr - indiana)
    I've been using my MacBook Pro (2.0) for a few days.
    Powerpoint is just unacceptably slow. It takes a
    long time to open up and then usability is low.
    There is a horrible latency when typing in a text
    box. Doing any action takes at least twice as long
    as Powerpoint on the old Powerbook (which was not
    all that fast). Its bad enough that I am
    considering returning my MacBook. Is anyone else
    experiencing this? I'm not holding my breath that
    Microsoft will release a universal version of Office
    soon so this is a killer concern for me. I also
    tried to convert existing Powerpoints to Keynote 3
    and it crashes if the Powerpoint is over 300k (which
    nearly every file is). I'm very frustrated - any
    help out there???


    I don’t know what kind of documents you are planning to create or the extensive quality you require, but I purchased the Office 2004 (student teacher edition) and it is a universal application and should run quite well in rosetta. I am new to Mac’s so I am still learning, but I bought it purposely for school as I will be required to develop these types of documents. Hope this helps.

    C.J
    1.83 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Daffy_Duck Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Mar 1, 2006 9:08 AM (in response to C.J Mac)
    What do you mean by "universal application"?
    MacBook Pro 2.0GHz / 7200RPM, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Also have AMD desktop with Windows XP
  • iFelix Level 8 Level 8 (35,145 points)
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    Mar 1, 2006 9:15 AM (in response to Daffy_Duck)
    What do you mean by "universal application"?


    http://www.apple.com/universal/

    When you see the Universal symbol on Mac applications, that means they’re made to run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers. Simply install them as usual. They’ll automatically run at peak performance for your Mac’s architecture.
    G5 PowerMac Dual 2GHz 4GB RAM, G4 PowerBook 1.5GHz 2GB RAM, Mac mini 1.5GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.4), iPod video, P910i, AEBS, AX, eyeTV, VAIO, Windows XP, 2000, TARDIS, Citroen C3
  • Phil Lanzisera Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    Mar 1, 2006 10:12 AM (in response to jr - indiana)
    While I would expect powerpoint to be a bit slow under rosetta, I'm surprised by what you report and about the crash. Even though you just got your machine, I'd suggest you repair permissions. Faulty permissions can cause programs to crash unexpectedly, files to take forever to load, and all sorts of other disasters.

    Shut down, put in your install disk, start up holding down the 'C' key. Choose disk utilities from whichever menu it is in, and then repair permissions on your HD.

    Often when you install software, something can get screwed up and repairing permissions does the trick.
    Powerbook 12, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,095 points)
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    Mar 1, 2006 10:31 AM (in response to C.J Mac)
    Beg to differ, C.J. Office applications are not universal binaries.
    QS 1.33 GHz & 867 MHz; TiPB 667 & 1G; 512 MB & 1GB RAM; Orig. G3 PB; 20 GB & 5 GB iPods; AEBS;, Mac OS X (10.4.5), 30 GB iPod Video (Black); MacBook Pro 2 Ghz
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