Camera Operator / Editor

When I make PowerPoints, I drag the images I would like to use onto the slide. Since, Mac OS X uses QuickTime and a TIFF compressor to make the image (you dragged) show up, if you made your PowerPoint on a Mac and present it on a PC, there would be a little white box where the image would have been. In the box it says, “QuickTime and a TIFF compressor are needed to display this image”. To make your PowerPoint compatible with a PC:

  1. Insert the image instead of dragging it, by going to Insert > Picture > From File…
  2. If the image is from a website, right-click on the image and Save Image to the Desktop, then insert the image using step 1.

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  1. Just open the Formating Palette and apply the scratch tool on every picture. It forces the file to be converted into a file viewable on a PC powerpoint. It’s that simple, took me hours to figure out, but works like a charm.

  2. Phil, thanks sharing for that option, I never thought of that.


  3. Where is the scratch tool? Is it available on PowerPoint 2008 for Mac?

    • The Scratch Tool is no longer available in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac. I would suggest using the “Insert” method instead, where you go to Insert > Picture in PowerPoint. This will avoid any potential errors when displaying your PowerPoint on a PC.

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