PC and Mac Cross-Platform Templates.

We’ve had several questions about  creating an animated PowerPoint on Mac computer and then playing it on a PC and vice-versa.   There has been a long running compatibility problem with video formats playing consistently across both platforms.  PowerPoint on the PC favored Windows Media Video (.WMV) and the Mac liked Quicktime (.MOV).  This was always a big drawback to using video in PowerPoint.

We are creating templates to accommodate each of these powerful programs, and there is a plugin available from a third party site if you are in need of compatibility solutions frequently.  The plugin is called flip4mac, and although it is not free ($30) it is an option if you need to work between the various platforms running Microsoft PowerPoint.  The link for flip4mac download is: http://download.cnet.com/Flip4Mac-WMV-Player/3000-13632_4-87679.html . However, the most economical solution for this compatibility at this time is to continue using supported platforms for both creation and presentation of the PowerPoint presentations.


Art Holden has been involved in presentation and animation graphic content since 1990. He had the pleasure of creating one of the very first animation websites on the internet, Animation Factory. For 13 years he managed and created media for Animation Factory. He is now a part-owner and an employee working full time at PresenterMedia. His hobbies outside of work revolve around being involved in the bicycling community in Sioux Falls, SD. He never misses an opportunity to get on his bike and enjoy a ride.

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