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Open Office Impress: latex

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Question by Joachim

Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 12:07:14 +0200 (CEST)
From: Joachim Meyer <jmeyer@mail.desy.de>

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> I started to use Open Office for presentations.
> I work on LINUX PC.

> *Questions:*

  • How to make mathematical formulas in an efficient way ?
  • How to incorporate eps figures ?
  • Is there a good (short) manual describing essentials of Open Office for presentations ?



From: Dirk Hoffmann <hoffmann@mail.desy.de>

> http://documentation.openoffice.org can help:

  • -> "User Manuals"
    -> first link "Getting Started Guide", PDF 5.8MB, 260 p.
    p.128-152: Chapter 9, Getting Started with Impress ... short enough?
  • -> "How Tos"
    -> first link "Formula Command Reference"
    The "OOo formula language" is quite similar to TeX.
    A command that you will need to learn very early though is "size 50" (or alike), when using formulas in presentations.


From: Jan Olsson <olsson@mail.desy.de>

> Concerning pictures, I use "ps2gif pic1.eps pic1.gif"


From: Ytsen de Boer <BLISSCOMPUTERS@yrdeboer.nl>

> Hi, have a look here:


From: Arnd Specka <specka@poly.in2p3.fr>

> Back in the days when I used OpenOffice I used to transform eps to png
> which gives a nicer result than gif (good for line art) and jpg
> (good for photographs). The tool should be "ps2png" or something like
> that.

Martin ( ... ooolatex! )

From: Martin Goettlich <martin.goettlich@desy.de>

> for mathematical formulas I recommend to use ooolatex. This allows you to
> use latex commands to write formulas within Open Office. You may download
> it from here:

"LaTeX formulas in OpenOffice" (Gerhard Brandt, 2005)

This is a copy from https://www-h1.desy.de/icgi-hypernews/get/H1/Bugs/1297.html .

Forum: H1 General - Bugs, Problems, Frustrations, Fixes
Date: 2005, Apr 26
From: Gerhard Brandt <gbrandt@mail.desy.de>
Subject: LaTeX formulas in OpenOffice


A main disadvantage of using OpenOffice vs. LaTeX for write-ups or presentation was the ugliness of the built-in OpenOffice formulas. There is now a fix for that in the form of a macro that allows direct inclusion of LaTeX formulas in OpenOffice. It calls latex including the formulas as png or eps into the document.

I tested this, its great and it works at DESY. Your machine has to see /user and ~/bin is in your PATH.

  • cp /user/gbrandt/epstool-3.07/bin/epstool ~/bin
  • cp /user/gbrandt/OOoLatex-2.2-rc5/bin/OOoLatex ~/bin
  • launch OpenOffice, new file
  • open the "marco organizer" from the menu Tools>Macro>Organizer
  • select the tab "libraries"
  • There is a button "append" which allows you to select
  • Assign a key (for example "Crtl-M") to the macro "OOoLatex/OOoLatexEquation/main" from the menu Tools>Macro>Assign>Keyboard.

Now, to insert a latex formula type Ctrl-M, the dialog should be self-explanatory. To edit the formula again, select its picture and type Ctrl-M again.

the original site for the macro is:

Have Fun,


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