OpenOffice Impress

Open Office Impress
Open Office Impress
Open Office Impress

This is a free tool for making slideshow presentations. OpenOffice Impress enables you to create slideshows with different elements starting with text, images and shapes, and to animate presentations and include media like sound and videos in your slides. It’s very easy to start using Impress and if you have used Microsoft Powerpoint before you will find it even easier. Because it is part of the OpenOffice suite, it's easy to include things you have created in other OpenOffice tools. For example, if you create charts and tables in OpenOffice's Spreadsheet (“Calc”), you can embed these directly in a presentation made in Impress. When importing and exporting documents from PowerPoint into Impress, some things might not work straight away. This can affect animations, slide transitions, headers and footers, date and number fields as well as colour schemes.

It's useful because

you can create simple presentations to help you tell your story.

But watch out for

problems with displaying presentations made in other software.

Learning curve:
How can you use it?
Desktop installation
Arabic, Burmese, English, Farsi, French, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese


How do you make things with it?
Download, install and run the software. Impress comes with some useful templates that can help you get started quickly.
Things you can make:
Bar Chart, Bubble Chart, Line Graph, Pie Chart, Presentation and Scatterplot


Privacy and Portability
No direct privacy issues. The software is installed to your hard-drive and all your data is stored where you like to have it. Impress can export to formats including Microsoft Powerpoint (.PPT), .PDF and .SWF (Flash).
How do you get data into it?
How do you get data out of it?
How is it licensed?


Who owns it?

PowerPoint Does Rocket Science--and Better Techniques for Technical Reports - A critique of PowerPoint slideshows by Edward Tufte, a pioneer in how information can be presented clearly.

Top Ten Slide Tips - Design and marketing 'guru' Garr Reynold's advice about how to think about designing appealing slideshows.