Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    inches to pixels (2000)

    I need to set up a PowerPoint presentation page size to 720 x 576 pixels. I've used PowerPoint and Office for years but I can't find how to change the measurement unit in page setup from inches (which I assume is the US default) to pixels (or even cms, our oz unit). I know exactly where to look in Word options but it's not in the same place in PowerPoint. Help!

  2. #2
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: inches to pixels (2000)

    I think that PowerPoint uses the unit set in Windows, in the Regional Settings or Regional and Language Settings control panel. I don't think it can be set independently, the way you can in Word. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    When converting from pixels to inches or back, you have to take your display settings into account. With "normal" fonts, there are 96 pixels per inch; with "large fonts", there are 120 pixels per inch, and with custom settings, it can be different.

  3. #3
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: inches to pixels (2000)

    Addition for completeness:

    Fonts are measured in points. 1 inch = 72 points. So points and pixels are not the same.

  4. #4
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: inches to pixels (2000)

    Hans, thanks. The 72/96 and now 120 dpi issue has always confused me, particularly when you throw Macs into the mix. They tell video is straight 72 dpi, 720x576 is the PAL size we use in Australia. I'm planning to create a series of slides with text and graphics, export them as jpgs at 720x576x72 dpi so they can be converted to video in Premier or something - do I need to adjust my font size to a custom size to get slides/jpgs at 72 dpi?

  5. #5
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: inches to pixels (2000)

    you got me thinking, I did change my regional settings to cm - no pixels option unfortunately. I'm using small fonts (96 dpi) and 1152x864 screen res.
    (now I think I've got a setting US English - Australia metric, I can never figure how to untangle the language settings once I mess with them - I have a version of Quark that needs to run with US regional settings from memory)

    So I changed back to inches, and in PowerPoint page setup divided 720x576 by 96 and came up with 7.5x6 inches.

    Unfortunately, Photoshop tells me a slide with a full-slide retangle on it saved as a jpg has an image size of 540x432 @ 72 dpi, but I think I can probably get it all working by trial and error (I failed math very early on) from there

    thanks again

  6. #6
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    397
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: inches to pixels (2000)

    In addition, MS redefined the centimeter for earlier versions of PPT. Seriously. http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;EN-US;Q189826 has the info.

    Oh, wait. I can't find the equivalent KB article for PPT 2000, so that may have been the version where they fixed this and set the centimeters back to match those in the rest of the world.

    Anyway, regarding the font size and 72ppi, I think you should just export your slides as images and run them through PhotoShop or something to set them to 720x576. If you do that, the 72ppi is irrelevant--it's really the number of pixels that matters. Or grab the Image Exporter from http://www.rdpslides.com/pptools/. That might save you some worries.

  7. #7
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: inches to pixels (2000)

    thanks, I had a look at ImageExport. In the pixel size option, the ratio is fixed to 640x480 - but I'll explore further

  8. #8
    Platinum Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Quedgeley, Gloucester, England
    Posts
    5,333
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: inches to pixels (2000)

    Echo

    Only Microsoft would have the bare-faced cheek to redefine a metric unit of length to make things easier for themselves, without calling it (say) the "MSPPTUnit" or the "0.94488189Centimetre"!
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

  9. #9
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    397
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: inches to pixels (2000)

    Amazing, isn't it? <shaking head>

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •