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I've been searching for some way to take some of my old powerpoint files and get the text portions into OmniOutliner as true outlines.

Advice I've seen is
. Use Keynote as the translator by importing into Keynote and then importing into OmniOutliner. My version of Keynote (1.1.1) cannot import the ppt files. Unfortunately, I don't have a newer version of Keynote.
. Use the translator at OPMLWorkstation.com. Unfortunately, it requires an account, and neither Safari nor Firefox nor Camino (under Mac OS X), nor Firefox nor IE (under MS Windows on Parallels) render anything on the page for new accounts.

I tried poking around with some of the Save as... formats in NeoOffice, but there is nothing of use (like OPML) there.

I have tried carting the ppt files to a machine that has MS Powerpoint installed on it, exporting the presentations as rtf, and then importing them into OmniOutliner. OmniOutliner does not import the outline properly, however. All items are at the top level, and though children have an indented format, they are not true children of their parents.

The only method I have found is to export to rtf, open in TextEdit, get rid of the bad rtf formatting (since it is easier in TextEdit than in OmniOutliner), and then import the result into OmniOutliner. After it is in OO, I can go through and reconstruct the outline structure. This is slow and tedious, however.

I have the feeling I'm missing something really simple and easy. Does anyone have any solution for this? I don't care about graphics---I would simply like the text as an outline.

Any tips would be much appreciated.
 
 


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