Can I insert Flash files on PowerPoint 2008 slides (on the Mac)?

Saturday, January 24, 2009
posted by Geetesh at 3:28 PM IST

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This is from Jim Gordon, a Microsoft Office for Mac MVP.

Movies in PowerPoint for Mac are supported by Apple QuickTime. Unfortunately Adobe, the creators of Flash do not make a Flash codec for QuickTime, and no third party app exists that I know of to support Adobe Flash in QuickTime.

This wasn’t always the case. At one time QuickTime had support for early versions of Flash. It’s my impression from Adobe’s site that Adobe didn’t want to provide that support anymore, and stopped providing support to Apple’s QuickTime a few years ago.

Microsoft’s MacBU always looks at important customer concerns, and they act upon them. Those who would like to see support for Flash in PowerPoint should send feedback to Microsoft here...

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Can you build in Mac then have it play on a windows computer? Is there any issues with the crossover... other than having go back and forth to test on a PC instead of your Mac?



Hi Jo,

The general answer to your question is "yes" you can build in Mac and play everywhere. The file format is the same. However, if you are asking specifically about Flash, then the answer is "no" because you can't put Flash into a Mac presentation.

-Jim Gordon


In powerpoint 2008 how can I make a slide flash once very quickly for emphasis while another slide is on the screen? To be clear, a slide is on the screen. During the projection of this slide another slide flashes on very quickly.

Thank you very much in advance for any help.


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