I Hate Huge PowerPoint Files

I swear, only 3% of people seem to know how to make stylish, efficient charts.

Everyone else makes bloatware.

I’m not even bitching about the content on the slides; just the frou-frou crap like borders and such. These images are often far out-sized for the environment in which they are used.

Why does this anger me? It’s going to take most of the next hour to print, and I have this telecon at 3:00. I’ll hardly get any time to make notes on the slides before I have to go sit through the telecon.



  1. Nah, we were printing b&w copies as handouts to go with the live slide show that we didn’t see.

    We also got to listen to a videotape that we’ll watch later.

    Some of the info was useful. Some was, well, funny.

  2. I wholeheartedly concur.

    What always frustrates me about PowerPoint is that people either have it set for overheads or for paper handouts, but never both.

    Why PowerPoint doesn’t allow you to quickly generate a second version for b&w handouts is beyond me. That very complex header graphic that looked dang slick on my LCD took a good 20 seconds to generate a printout in the printer queue.

    Le sigh.

  3. There’s actually a program out there called “Pointless” which scales the graphics and such to clean up PowerPoint files. It can’t do much for the content, but it’s a start…and they’ve got a great name for it. It doesn’t sound like it works very well, though. Review here: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1273287,00.asp

    The only thing worse than dealing with large PointPoint files is dealing with the stupid users trying to send them as e-mail attachments through our mail server. By the time it gets scanned for spam and virus and all the other BS you have to do to e-mail today, that 50 MB, worthless attachment has brought the server to a crawl. FILESERVERS, people, that’s why we’ve got ’em!!!

  4. I’ve never understood why people feel the need to provide an entire Powerpoint presentation in printed format. It just seems like a waste of time and paper and, eventually, file folder space. Where did this idea come from, anwyay?

  5. Ahhh, Andrew, that’s part of the greater problem of the myth of the paperless office.

    In our case, we needed handouts because we went from a videocon to a telecon. We got to “watch” a videotape over the telecon. The microphone picked up maybe 1/6th of what the video said.

    “Thankfully”, they’re sending us the tape.


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