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KB-000254: I want to use an unsupported object in my presentation. What are my options?

The current release of Impatica for PowerPoint supports most of the features that are supported by PowerPoint. There are, however, a few formats and features that are not currently supported such as 3D effects. In most cases, these unsupported features can still be used within your impaticized presentation with only a modest amount of additional effort.

All you have to do is to convert the unsupported element to a picture prior to conversion.

Caution: Make certain that you save a copy of your PowerPoint presentation prior to converting unsupported objects to pictures. Once the objects are converted, you will not be able to make any revisions to the original objects.

Here are the steps:
  1. Click on the object to select it.
  2. From the Edit menu, choose Copy.
  3. From the Edit Menu, choose Paste Special.
  4. In the Paste Special dialog box, select Picture.
  5. Reposition the new Picture on top of the original object.
  6. Right click on the new picture to display the Shortcut Menu and choose Order. Select Send to Back. Even though the new picture in now "behind" the original object, it is still selected and visible.
  7. Click elsewhere on the slide to de-select the new picture.
  8. Click on the picture to select it. This time you will select the original object (the one on "top").
  9. Press Delete.
Repeat this process for each unsupported text or graphics format that you wish to incorporate in your impaticized presentation. Then, impaticize your presentation in the normal manner.

Alternatively, you could follow the above procedure using Cut from the edit menu instead of Copy. This would allow you to skip steps 6 through 10 above. You would simply reposition your new picture where you want it to appear on the slide.

Other useful elements to use this feature with are:
  • 3-D shadows and effects on autoshapes;
  • Smart Art (Office 2007);
  • Objects with drop shadows;
  • Some WordArt;
  • Pictures that have been formatted within PowerPoint (grey scale; rotated; etc.)
  • Some stylized lines and arrows.
Please refer to the Impatica for PowerPoint User's Manual for a complete list of supported and unsupported items.

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