Many people like to convert Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) presentations to Adobe (.pdf) documents before posting them on the web or sending them through email. Why? Two main reasons:
- Smaller. Kilobyte for kilobyte, a .pdf is generally smaller and more portable that a .ppt file.
- More accessible. Most people on the web can easily open a .pdf file within their browsers. Conversely, a .ppt or .pptx file requires a separate program that many may not have (or want).
Make it easy on yourself. If you use Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, you can save your .pptx or .ppt files as a .pdf with a few clicks — but only if you download and install the free “Save as PDF add-in” from Microsoft.
Now, open a PowerPoint presentation in PowerPoint 2007. Click on the office button (the messy blob in the upper left hand corner) and hover over it. You’ll see that “Save as PDF or XPS” is now an option.
Click it, and presto! You’ve successfully converted your PPTX to a very basic and web friendly PDF file!