From: D. C. Sessions (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Dec 15 1999 - 08:25:57 PST
> Rick and Tarek:
> This is just a tip for those still using Office95 PowerPoint, but (if
> applicable) it may solve the reported download and startup problems.
> IF (big "if") the imaps presentation is in Office95 format, ZIP the file. My
> 10MB to 12MB .ppt files were reduced to ~220KB, which is easily handled by
> the various E-mail systems. Once transmitted, UNZIP, then open the file in
> Office97, then save it TO A DIFFERENT NAME in Office97 format. Office97
> compresses the file on the fly... perhaps as much as 5:1 over the Office95
> format when there are many illustrations embedded. If you don't save it to a
> different name, Office97 creates an internal backup of the previous version
> to retain a history file; hence, it may even be bigger than the original file.
> Conversely, Tarek, if it is an Office95 file, you could do the conversion to
> Office97 format on your site to accomplish the same effect. Then downloads
> would be much quicker.
Or, best of all, translate it into something portable.
Contrary to common misperception, Powerpoint is not a universal
format (in fact, it mutates rapidly to preserve incompatibility.)
-- D. C. Sessions firstname.lastname@example.org
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