I do a lot of work with powerpoint presentations on a weekly basis. A large part of my work is song lyric slides. The basic functionality is there but there are several core things that are absent which tremendously help my workflow:
Drop shadows and text glow effects - I have a variety of backgrounds I use, so I rely HEAVILY on text shadows and glow to create contrast which allows my text to pop and be more visible, especially since my presentations are done on a low-contrast projection screen. This is by far the single most overlooked feature of the OO Editors that have been a staple in office suites for decades. At present, shadows can only be done to shapes, but not text.
The “Copy Style” paint roller - the current implementation does the bare minimum - highlight text to copy the format, and paste the format to other text. This works great. HOWEVER, I work with a LOT of slides, and having to batch reformat them is tedious.
There’s two additions to this feature which would make a huge improvement:
- Double clicking the icon to stay in “paste format” mode. This is standard in other office suites but somehow absent in OO. Currently, you copy the format, paste the format, then you have to click the roller again to copy the format, to paste it again. You can see how tedious this is across 10 slides, let alone 50. Double clicking the paint roller should keep the format paste mode active, so you can paste across slides. When finished, clicking a blank area outside of the slide or hitting ESC should bring you out of it.
- The ability to copy-paste formats between entire textboxes. Ideally, when you’re in copy-format mode, you should be able to click a textbox to copy ALL the properties of that text box (borders, color, text format (of the first character in the text box), etc.), and paste them to another textbox. The current implementation only allows you to copy one property. If you click the textbox, it ONLY copies the shape property. If you copy the text, it ONLY copies the text property.
If I have lyrics in say, light yellow, in a specific font/size, on a semi-transparent black background on slide 1, and slides 2-20 don’t match it, I’d like to be able to click the text box, double click the paint roller, and single click the text box on each slide to apply all the styling in one click on each slide.
This is EXACTLY how it works in MS Powerpoint, down to every detail I described. It has always been a huge help to my workflow, as I work with many slides each week.