This may sound harsh, but coming from the Linux world, to put it bluntly, they are just a pain in my tush! So every time I open a ppt slideshow with LibreOffice, and then it is in an editable mode, and that is no good. But then I can "Export" it as a pdf file. (PIMA) but by rooting around on the Internet today I found I can run LibreOffice in a headless mode.
So I can now put it together in a little shell script and save it to my Desktop:
echo "This is a PowerPoint (ppt) to (pdf)"
echo "looking for the form of *123.ppt not *.ppt"
echo "Enter Filename: "
libreoffice --headless --invisible --convert-to pdf $filename
/usr/local/bin/libreoffice --headless --invisible --convert-to pdf $filename
You will now have to make it executable. You can do this two ways:
Now here it is in action:
harrison@Whirlwind /mnt/MyData/home/harrison/school/Design News $ ../../Desktop/ppt-2-pdf.sh
This is a Power Point (ppt) to (pdf)
looking for the form of *123.ppt not *.ppt
convert /mnt/MyData/home/harrison/school/Design News/DN-CEC-Mastering-the-Embedded-Design-Cycle-Day1.ppt -> /mnt/MyData/home/harrison/school/Design News/DN-CEC-Mastering-the-Embedded-Design-Cycle-Day1.pdf using filter : impress_pdf_Export
Overwriting: /mnt/MyData/home/harrison/school/Design News/DN-CEC-Mastering-the-Embedded-Design-Cycle-Day1.pdf
Keep Tuned in, More to Come
I have a /usr/local/scripts file and that's where I put it. but it didn't work
I had to change the last line
FROM: libreoffice --headless --invisible --convert-to pdf $file
TO: /usr/local/bin/libreoffice --headless --invisible --convert-to pdf $filename