[Issue] "Group objects" when importing PowerPoint files

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[Issue] "Group objects" when importing PowerPoint files

Postby CybrMatt » Fri May 23, 2008 8:10 pm

When trying to import some native PowerPoint presentations into impress 2.4, I'm seeing several slides that contain large white boxes spanning the slides vertically. When I click on them, it says "group object selected". These aren't visible when viewed in PowerPoint. I would post an example, but unfortunately the presentations are confidential.

Edit: the 3.0 Beta does the same. :(
Last edited by Hagar Delest on Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:37 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Reason: tagged the thread as issue.
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Re: "Group objects" when importing PowerPoint files

Postby Villeroy » Sat May 24, 2008 1:44 pm

Right-click>Group>Ungroup
Please, edit this topic's initial post and add "[Solved]" to the subject line if your problem has been solved.
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Re: "Group objects" when importing PowerPoint files

Postby CybrMatt » Sat May 24, 2008 6:41 pm

Okayyyy, so I figured I could manually delete the objects, but I was more concerned with why they're appearing in the first place. It seems like a bug in the PowerPoint converter to me. It also looks like it has something to do with the drop-shadows behind the images, which don't seem to appear in the converted file.
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Re: "Group objects" when importing PowerPoint files

Postby Hagar Delest » Mon May 26, 2008 10:52 am

Until a couple of months ago, binary formats .doc, .xls and .ppt were closed, so no specification available to design the filters. They've been made by reverse engineering, that's why they contain some flaws. That's why open standards only should be used!

Thanks to add '[Solved]' at beginning of your first post title (edit button) if your issue has been fixed.
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Re: "Group objects" when importing PowerPoint files

Postby CybrMatt » Wed May 28, 2008 2:53 am

No need to try to sell me on using standards; unfortunately the world most of my users live in have different ideas about what constitutes a "standard."

I'd hardly call this issue solved, but fortunately I found the bug tracker and successfully reported the problem:
http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=89969
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Re: "Group objects" when importing PowerPoint files

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed May 28, 2008 9:14 am

CybrMatt wrote:I'd hardly call this issue solved, but fortunately I found the bug tracker and successfully reported the problem

Then, tag your thread as 'Issue', see section 5: [Tutorial] Reporting bugs.

I did it for you.
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