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IMP beta - presentation creation

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Now that we have plenty of download information we'll move forward.

Could you set about creating a presentation, and feed back on how easy (or otherwise) it was to configure slides, add text/image/video content, and add new slides.

Please don't worry too much at this stage about the complexities of the various options - we'll come to that soon; what we need to know first of all is whether you found it straightforward to move from a blank canvas to a finished presentation with multiple slides.

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One of the issues i do have at the moment is the transition of the image don't seem to be able to get my head round that bit for a minute...

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"IMP will sell for far less than £200."

Still gotta be more than Free for Open Office IMPress - which to me (and I've really never tried making a slide show presentation before) - was simpler, more conventionally laid out, and more flexible, and cross-platform to boot.

The only interesting thing I saw was the ability to create a "sort of" self contained output. I say "sort of" as there were still several folders which would need packaging up.

More of an alpha than a beta methinks, and at this stage poorly targeted and poorly executed.

It's a definite miss for me.

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Apparently I got it all wrong about the proposed selling price - IMP will sell for far less than £200. I thought I had the price in an email, but it turns out I was wrong. My apologies for misleading you.

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Ok, amongst getting ready to move house and decoratin gmy current house i've had time to play with IMP properly now.

I deliberately haven't read anyone else's reviews so as not to taint my experience (for better or for worse), so please excuse any duplicaton of comments.

1. Initial impressions are that it can only really create very basic presentations.

2. The lack of right click context menus is hard to get used to

3. Button tooltip texts sometimes come out backwards. click here

4. Global Settings under the Settings menu (top menu bar) didn't appear to work. the short cut buttons were ok.

5. Changing pictures on the header / footer causes the image to disappear. You have to change slide to get the changed image back

6. It might just be me, but changing the slide order on the timeline didn't change the preview under the Preview menu.

7. Lack of multi file select under file photo / video import is frustrating. Wouldn't make a difference if there was no 'internal' library to import to.

8. Once as anrea has been defined as text, picture or video there doesn't appear to be a way of changing it without going through a very circuitous route, involving a loss of data.

9. Changing the aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 lost all the slide content from the main window, except for a background image. The slide content still showed in the timeline preview.

10. After the actions in 10., saving the file crashed the application.

11. No obvious way to insert an image into a text area. Maybe that's deliberate, but it prevents annotating a picture.

Short sharp summary: For a very basic presentation application is it ok. It's got some bugs but that's to be expected.
The ability to save to a flash file is good. Very good in fact. The interface is ok. Actually quite nice and uncluttered, but i wonder if that's only because of teh lack of functionality

Since the beta test was for people who aren't users of presentation apps, a comparison to PowerPoint doesn't seem relevant, but it's hard not to. Would i use it for my work? Probably not, but it would depend on the retal price. If FE's guide of 200 pounds plus is on the mark the no. PowerPoint is far better for less money.

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mr simon

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When compared to Powerpoint, even back to 2003 which I have on my PC, this program doesn't stack up. I tried to re-create an earlier Powerpoint presentation on IMP and there just isn't enough control over the page in my opinion. Too few features and a very odd layout, with toolbars all over the place has left me frustrated with it.

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If that ***?!! Blackberry ad jumps in once more its getting flung out the window.

There's more

I also thought there was a bit too much orange and black on the buttons and the fonts on instructions were as I said a little too small for my liking.

On several occasions I was able to create reasonably good slides with the limited tools available but in occasions I lost a few for no reason that I could fathom and I don't know where they went. It would have been nice to have a redo as well as an undo button especially when you are experimenting with ideas.

The duplicate button I found very useful especially if you wished to use a template as a theme.

I had problems trying to import photos from my PC as it seemed to select my documents folder to look for them rather than my pictures folder.

Bearing in mind what this was it was less buggy to use than I anticipated. I initially felt a bit let down as it was not what I had been expectingbut once that was out of the way I got it to work reasonably well.

There were a few times when number 1 on my wish list was for a very big button that would take me to Powerpoint.

What bits we had worked not too badly but this product needs a lot of work and has a mountain to climb before it could ever hope to go to the marketplace. I don't know enough about programing to know what is involved but this needs a new and brighter GUI.

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I had one day out as I had my normal flu and my swine flu jabs on Saturday and yesterday I had a big enough headache without taking this on again.

Anyway here's my halfpence worth for the pot. I already covered my initial thoughts and my initial attemps in an earlier post so this leads on from there.

I had problems with locking and unlocking slides as it seemed to lock up before I had finished putting a password in and basically I was locked out of some slides.

I was surprised at the speed you were able to insert photos and video in view of the slowness in other matters, ie it seemed to take a second or two longer each day to start up. Initially it was starting up after 7-8 seconds but latterly after 10-12. Thyere was nothing on the screen to tell you that something was happening which would have been useful.

Continued to have problems running the video more than once on each slide and the play button didn't work after the first showing. I think the video was having problems rewinding.

The video rotating was nice but whether this is a sought after need I have no idea. Again probably more useful with photos.

The information screen in the top right was useful but even with glasses I was struggling to read the information.

The program still lacks colour and overall looks drab and uninviting. With a few slides built it began to look a lot better or was that the colour provided by my new Win 7 task bar?

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"I can't help think that the two are related but I seriously doubt this."

You're right to doubt, because the two things are not related.

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Bob The Nob©

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I have not actually had any problems with loading times, on XP or Windows 7.

The presentation styling is too rigid and fixed, I want to be able to get text over an imange to show like a diagram but cannot do this.

If this is marketed at standardising templates for companies, then yes its good for that but to be honest it's easier to make a PowerPoint Template.

If someone is wanting simple presentation software, then OpenOffice Impress or PowerPoint would do. The only good option is the indipentant presentation which doesn't rely on anything.

Also, on a hopefully unrelated incident, one of my RAM sticks has corrupted and is going back under warranty. I can't help think that the two are related but I seriously doubt this.

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finally made a slide show with built in templates but could not import my own pictures

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