Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 08:47 UTC
Features, Office

PowerPoint is so ingrained in modern life that the notion of it having a history at all may seem odd. But it does have a very definite lifetime as a commercial product that came onto the scene 30 years ago, in 1987. Remarkably, the founders of the Silicon Valley firm that created PowerPoint did not set out to make presentation software, let alone build a tool that would transform group communication throughout the world. Rather, PowerPoint was a recovery from dashed hopes that pulled a struggling startup back from the brink of failure - and succeeded beyond anything its creators could have imagined.

Fascinating story. I despise PowerPoint because PowerPoint presentations are difficult to translate (my actual job), but there's no denying it's used in meeting rooms all over the world - for better or worse.

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RE: Difficult to translate
by tylerdurden on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 17:33 UTC in reply to "Difficult to translate"
tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

That seems more an issue with the content, rather than with the tool/format/medium.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

That seems more an issue with the content, rather than with the tool/format/medium.


It's a combination of things. PPT has such limited space, and if the translation is longer and needs more space, the entire slide is all messed up. It's incredibly annoying and frustrating, especially since corporate people are fucking terrible at using properly sized images and such, making the PPT large and slow to edit.

It's... Not fun.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, I can imagine that would be terrible. Surprised slightly that i18n isn't built in to powerpoint.

But hey, you bill by the hour right? Right? There may be a way to macro at least the text replacement. Then you'd still have to clean up the design manually, but it might be easier.

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