Frank Ellermann wrote:
On 15 November 2011 19:28, Martin Rex <mrex(_at_)sap(_dot_)com> wrote:
And where is the download URL for an officially *FREE* license
of Microsoft Windows that is a prerequisite for this player?
"Free" as in "120 days" and "you can install a PPT viewer" and
you need "a player" for their "virtual hard disk" image format.
You mean free as in
Expires: This image will shutdown and become completely unusable on November
This is for the 366 MB Windows XP image, the others are
completely out of question due to their size.
Btw. the Vista and Win7 image are more like 60 days rather than 120 days:
Note: You may be required to activate the OS as the product
key has been deactivated. [...] You can activate up to two rearms
(type slmgr rearm at the command prompt) which will extend the
trial for another 30 days.
If downloading and running several hundred megabytes is considered
an option, then you will be *MUCH* better of with a Linux Live-CD
like Knoppix 6.7.0 at 700MByte for the CD, which includes LibreOffice 3.3.3
that seems capable of opening PPTX.
But still, that is a lot of work that needs a lot of space, and
while this may work on an x86 or x64 PC or sufficiently powerful
notebook, it may work between hardly to not-at-all for much more
constrained gadgets (tablets) because of cpu type, hdd/sdd/flash
capacity and main memory size.
While I hate "anything pdf" I fear that this solution only to
"play" PPT(X) would be *much* worse.
No, it would be *MUCH* better. If you want movies, upload them
to youtube. Using PDFs for the datatracker is *MUCH* better
(and it is much more likely that it can still be looked
at in 15 years, whereas support for any particular PPT-Format seems
to be less than 10 years.)
Untested simpler idea:
If you accept to get a Google docs account all these horrible
document formats could be stored as Google docs in the cloud
and shared with everybody using a "compatible browser" (as
temporarily defined by Google, not necessarily IE6/7 or FF3).
If anything, then the datatracker should automatically convert
any uploaded PPT to PDF itself. And those that do not like the particular
conversion performed by datatracker would be free to perform
their prefererred conversion to PDF prior to uploading.
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