I am setting up an old PC on which I have installed Ubuntu 9.10. For viewing powerpoint slides, I first installed the pptview package . This doesn't always seem to work well; in the first example I tried the slide text was almost unreadable.
man pptview indicates that the package is based on PowerPoint Viewer 97 which seems very old to me.
Therefore, I decided to try the newer Powerpoint Viewer 2007. This should work with Wine. The downloaded microsoft installer appears to work okay under wine. However if I try to launch the
pptview.exe installed in my
.wine folder, I only get this output:
fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation 0x110000 1 (nil) 0
AFAIK this fixme message is harmless and not an indication of a real error. However, nothing happens after that.
pptview.exe is not launched. I've also tried updating to wine-1.1.32 but that didn't make any difference.
edit: OpenOffice requires too much memory. This PC only has 256MB. It does work, but it takes a long time to launch and brings the PC to a crawl. I also figured I would see less compatibility issues if I use Microsoft's own powerpoint viewer under wine.
edit: The WineHQ Bugzilla has an old issue for this, but it is not marked as confirmed. Apparently it works in some environments but not for others.