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Compressing PPT files

Posted on 2006-07-20
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Hi,

Anyone know a way to compress files down?

I cant use stuffit or zipit as the files wont get past the clients email, plus they barely take it down 10%. Any other ideas?

I have seen some software around but cant find it when i look now. I noticed on PC they can compress all files but cant find an option on teh mac 2004 version.

Thanks
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Hi Sideas,
You can reduce the size of PowerPoint files by not saving any more pixels than you will be able to display. Instructions for reducing file size are given at:
http://www.awesomebackgrounds.com/powerpointgraphics.htm
http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00062.htm

Note that the general problem of large files occurs on both Macs and Windows boxes. PowerPoint has many methods built into it to address these problems--so don't be alarmed if the discussion on these sites seems to be Windows-centric.

Hoping to be helpful,

Brad
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Hi,

Very useful thanks. Was hoping to find a piece of Mac software as all the compression tool tools are PC. I guess there isn't any then?
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I suppose you could place the PPT in a folder on its own and use Disk Utility to create a compressed disk image of the folder - obviously the file could then only be opened on a Mac. If they've got at least one Mac they could open it on that and then forward it.

I should back up Brad's suggestion about managing the images correctly, as this will have the most significant impact - standard compression algorithms don't have any effect on images, only text. The higher the text-to-image ratio, the higher the level of compression you'll experience.

The other thing is that PPTs are an inefficient format as far as I remember - when images and such are removed from a file, the space they took up in the file is left behind. You could try copying the slides and pasting them into a fresh document to see if that works.
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