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Ask Max: PowerPoint alternatives

Asked on 12/05/2007:

I have many PC friends who send .pps downloads which I cannot view. Is the software I need, Microsoft Office in order to view the .pps? I've been hesitant to pay the $200 just to view .pps. Is there another way to view these downloads?

My computer is an iMAC, 512 MB, 1 GHz PowerPC G4

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The ".pps" file extension indicates that it's a PowerPoint presentation and that would be readable by Microsoft Office. It will also be readable by Apple's Keynote application. Keynote is included in the iWork package, which costs far less than MS Office.

You can also get a free 30 Day trial version of iWork to see if it will do what you need it to do.

For free, there is always OpenOffice which is an open-source project to recreate and improve on the functions in MS Office. It is a little harder to use but once you have it working, it may be just what you need.

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