"acknak", thank you for the response.
- I'm using the "lyt-cool" master while creating slides for this presentation.
- When I want to insert an image I'm using the "Title, Object" layout for the slide
- The problem occurs when I link to the image as opposed to embedding it, embedding the image in the slide works fine.
- Yes, I'm using all three of the images from USF. At <http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/24700/24788/dutch_windmi_24788_lg.gif> it is the large image. I get the same results using the medium (24788_md) and small (_sm) images.
* When I create a new slide using the "Title, Object" layout, I double click on the icon in the middle of the lower section "to add an object".
- In the "Insert OLE object" window I click the "Create from file" radio button, click the "Link to file" box and click on "Search".
- I locate the image using the "Open" window (I'm using the medium sized image for this), select it and click on "Open".
- I then click on "OK" in the "Insert OLE object" window which results in a full window with a very large frame with rulers along the top and left side on top of the slide I'm creating. There is a slide shown in the column on the far left under "Pages". (I confess I have not yet figured out just how to use this frame to size and put the image in the middle of the lower portion of the slide. Mostly I have been experimenting with just moving it around. Anything else just seems to make things worse. Today I'll work on finding instructions on how to do this properly.)
- At this point the only way I've been able to move on in the slide creation process is to click outside the frame to return to inserting the newly created slide into my presentation. When I do I get this dotted line box formed from the click point to wherever move my pointer until I click again. I don't know why, what it is for, or whether this is the proper way to do the slide creation. I'm learning.
- Usually, the image is in the wrong place or cut off in some way. This is where I have been clicking the image (getting the box with the green handles) and pressing the "Delete" button on my keyboard to try again.
- I then repeat the process starting at the point where the * is above.
- I just went through the above process a second time to "link" the image (I noticed that the medium image GIF file had become "0 K" in size) and the error messages appeared. I clicked on "OK" (that's okay) buttons to removed each of the sequential 3 message windows.
- When I tried a third time (starting at the * point above), Impress aborted and closed.
- I don't receive the error messages when I do not check the "Link to file" box on the "Insert OLE object" window to insert the image in a slide. The image is inserted successfully when embedded and not linked to.
- For perspective, I'm on a month old laptop with XP Pro (started with SP2) and all the MS updates. I'm using OO 2.4.1.
Thanks and take care... Peter Bradish
P.S. IrfanView produces a transparent background for the GIF's I've used very easily. It works the same way to produce a transparent background for GIF's saved as PNG files. It depends on a white or some solid color in the surrounding area to select to be transparent while saving. It is a much more capable program than I suspected. P.