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    EG commented  · 

    Expecting some sort of magical AI to rearrange text and elements to look pretty in either orientation is simply crazy. It's a very niche problem that would require a massive team and resources to code out, and insane processing power to run.

    The only reasonable compromise here would be create an option (off by default) to add a second orientation (of any size/orientation really) and be able to tab/switch between them, ie. each slide has two layout options (similar to CSS for different screen sizes) — but the user would have to MANUALLY re-arrange the content on every slide alternate.

    It shouldn't increase the file size too much if the elements (HTML) between the two versions are identical in quantity and content... and only location/size/styling is different (CSS).

    If you wanted the option to have some specific content (HTML) appear on one version and not the other, then those elements could be moved off canvas or have a separate instance of the Selection Pane for each layout/orientation, so that the layer visibility toggle can be turned off for neither, both, one, or the other.

    As a side bonus, creating a system like this would resolve the 4x3 vs 16x9 issue once and for all.

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    EG commented  · 

    Problem #1: Sometimes you want a handful of slides to have the same page number (useful for exporting a PDF and only having the final slide of a multi-slide build composition build be the one that appears in the PDF) , but in presentation mode it take multiple clicks to get there.

    Problem #2: Slide numbers would be more useful if you know the actual total number of slides…

    Problem #3: If you want to change the style/position of page numbers in a deck, you have to first delete them on every slide, a tedious process if you have 50+ slides.

    Problem #4: Some people want page numbers to reset on each section (and want the “total page number” to reflect page total pages in that section).

    SOLUTION:
    Page Number position / style controlled still controlled in Master Slide and Layouts… but add new code snippet for total slides as mentioned by OP (such as "<total#>"). And also add a Dynamic Page Numbers tab or window that shows the following 3 options and a table of checkboxes following it:

    ☑ Dynamic Slides On

    ☑ Animate slide numbers with slide content on Dynamic Content transitions (if left unchecked, prev slide number simply fades out and new slide number fades in during transition)

    ☑ Reset Slide Numbers and Totals for Each Section

    Then under those 3 top checkboxes, is a four-column table, showing every slide number down the left column and check boxes in the 3 columns to the right of each slide number:

    Column 1: Slide Number and/or Slide Title
    Column 2: Count Slide in Total? (checkboxes)
    Column 3: Show Slide Number? (checkboxes)
    Column 4: Include Slide in PDF exports? (checkboxes)

    Note 1: If a slide has Column 2 unchecked (don't count slide), but Column 3 checked, then it would display the same slide number as the preceding slide.

    Note 2: Slide numbers cannot be edited on the slides at all. They are totally locked-in-place z-axis foreground elements — their styles/positions are set on the master slide and layout slides.

    Sooo....any backwards compatibility issues?

    No. It's simple. The first checkbox was Dynamic Slides On. This is a SUPPLEMENTARY tool.. If you turned this on the slide numbers would be added to the slides — in addition to the old ones that are already there. In the rare case someone wants to add Dynamic Slide Numbers to an OLD presentation, yes they would have to go in and delete the old slide numbers on every slide. It's a rare occurrence, but at least it would only have to be done once.

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    EG commented  · 

    or at least please fix the broken hexagon and make it proportional on all sides!

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    EG commented  · 

    yes, please. would definitely settle for the ability to delete, as that should be faster to implement than editing individual swatches.

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    Yes, please. Create your own table theme and be able to save it under a name like the color palettes!

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    EG commented  · 

    This is a silly request. There are too many moving parts and variables here, and I think everyone here has a different idea of what comparing and combining to PPT files actually means. This is a popular request but not a practical one, and would take insane amounts of artificial intelligence to make it work. The PPT team could resolve 50 other problems in the time and resources it would take to implement this.

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    EG commented  · 

    you can show and hide layers using the selection pane (its like a layers window for ppt), and for the second issue, you can select a group of objects, then shift-select the item you didn't want to select in that group. actually even if they implemented your lock suggestion (which has other more practical uses), the technique i described above would still be less clicks in total.

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    EG commented  · 

    To make this less confusing, I would make the foreground option hidden/buried so that novice designers don't get confused by all the extra options.

    Perhaps if you right-click the Master Slide or a Layout Slide there is an option to create a side-by-side thumbnails for editing standard elements and foreground elements... Alternatively and probably easier, you could just have a "foreground element" checkmark option appear in the right-click menu of any elements in either a master slide or layout slide (and elements in a master slide with foreground checked ON would be HIGHER in z-axis than an element in a layout slide with foreground checked on).

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    EG commented  · 

    Please add this! Would be HUGE improvement and wouldn't take long to implement at all. It's probably the only thing that Keynote has that Powerpoint doesn't. Currently you need to create exit animations with one click, and then click again to advance the slides (clients hate clicking twice!). Doing this would allow people to design their own "transitions" more or less. Would be a game-changer.

    As for sham skali skale's comment below, having animations play during transitions would be nice, but it would be a monster undertaking, development-wise — so many complicated moving parts combining transitions and animations... wouldn't be surprised if its impossible or would cause more problems than it solves.

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    Yes, this would be awesome! Don't always want to show the WHOLE presentation zoomed out in the beginning (or ever) ... we just want to be have the option to use the zooming transitions with the persistent background.

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    EG commented  · 

    Yes, definitely this! Currently it fades to the first image as it zooms out. Not exactly beautiful.

    The work around currently is having the last slide in a sequence be the same as the first slide. You can set a beautiful transition to the original slide, and set the slide to be on screen for 0-1seconds, then automatically move to the next slide (the zoom menu slide).

    A benefit of having an option for the last slide be the one that shows is that you can create a "chapter finished" slide with a checkmark or something of that nature.

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