How to shrink my presentation?
January 14, 2008 7:29 PM Subscribe
What is the most elegant solution (.ppt, .key, other) for shrinking my presentations to less than 5 mb on a mac?
posted by arabelladragon to computers & internet (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am using Leopard. I have PowerPoint 2004, Keynote 08, and neooffice installed. My presentations are photo-heavy and the last chapter came in at 22 MB. Every single photo doubled in size simply by being put on a slide. I resized all photos with a combination of resizr and snipshot (firefox plugins) and managed to get it down to *just* under my school's per-file upload limit of 5MB but it took another two hours of work. I did save as low quality but it only saved me about half a MB. MacOffice doesn't have the option to right-click and resize a photo the way Office for Windows does.
Here are my constraints:
Image heavy, but the images don't need to be poster quality. I'm taking images off web pages (not hot-linked) and from textbooks.
Students need to be able to download and print presentations - school limit is 5mb.
I've been spending 6-8 hours writing each chapter's presentation but this is untenable. The solution needs not to be time consuming.
Converting to pdf or html is not working because that doesn't give students the option to print multiple slides to a page. They have printing limits and printing six slides to a page keeps them safe.
I don't need special fonts, animations, or templates.
The problem as I see it are the OLEs. I'm not a computer person, so here's the stupid question - is there any presentation software that doesn't make oles?
Failing that, I see these solutions. Please help me figure out what is the most simple solution. I'm willing to spend a little money but not more than $150 or so.
1) Buy Mac Office 2008 (to be released tomorrow). Perhaps it will have a better image compression system than mac office 2004.
2) Download image resizing software and run every image through it. I'm running 80+ images per presentation, so would prefer not to do that.
3) Not use images. The whole point of this thing was to show maps and pictures of the things we talk about. It's a requirement to look at cute fuzzy animals in my field.
4) Split ppts into multiple pieces. The last chapter would have been uploaded in 6 chunks.
5) Upload to personal (no quota) webspace, give students the link. Some of them may still run on dialup, so this might be unreasonable.
6) Put Impatica on office (windows) computer. This requires me to go into the office to resize before uploading. It messes up my workflow and I still have to figure out how to get 20mb from the mac to the office computer.
6) None of the above...(fill in the blank)
Thanks in advance.