Presentation and drawing component of the WordPerfect Office 11 suite.

This AppDB entry is for test results and guidance notes for the Presentations application. There is a separate AppDB entry for the WordPerfect Office 11 suite.

It is recommended you read and follow the guidance notes of this entry and those to be found under the WordPerfect Office 11 suite AppDB entry. Except where indicated otherwise, all guidance notes are valid for Wine 1.0.0 and later.

Application Details:

Version: 11
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.0.0

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

File menu (with enhanced file dialogues disabled)

New - New From Project - Close - Save - Save As
Page Setup - Print - Internet Publisher - Publish to PDF
Recent File List

Edit menu

Undo - Redo
Cut - Copy - Paste
Delete - Delete Slide(s) - Delete Layout - Delete Background - Rename Layout - Rename Background - Clear
Edit Text - Select - Arrange
Slide Layer - Layout Layer - Background Layer
Find and Replace - Go To List

View menu

Play Slide Show
Toolbars - Ruler - Grid/Guides/Snap
Crosshair - Selected Object Viewer - Reveal Codes
Slide Editor - Slide Outliner - Slide Sorter
Zoom - Zoom In - Zoom Out

Insert menu

Symbol - Date/Time
Graphics (Clipart) - Data Chart - Organization Chart
New Slide - New Layout - New Background

Format menu

Font - Paragraph - Justification - Manual Kerning
Title Properties
Master Gallery - Re-Apply Layout

Tools menu

Spell Checker - Grammatik - Thesaurus - Dictionary

Window menu

Cascade - Tile Top to Bottom - Tile Side by Side
Windows List

Help menu

About Corel Presentations

What does not

File menu (with enhanced file dialogues enabled)

Open - Save As
Send To

Edit menu

Paste Special

View menu

Auto Select - Show Pointer Position

Insert menu

Graphics (TextArt etc) - Shape - Text Box - Text Line - Bulleted List
Comment - Equation - Sound - Movie - Animated Gif - Spreadsheet - File - Object

Format menu

Subtitle Properties - Bulleted List Properties - Object Properties - Slide Properties
Background Gallery - Layout Gallery

Tools menu


Help menu

Help Topics - Macro Commands - CorelTUTOR - PerfectExpert - Corel on the Web
Microsoft PowerPoint Help


What was not tested

File menu

Show on the Go

Edit menu

Links - OLE Play Settings

View menu

Play Movie

Format menu

Movie Properties

Tools menu

Macro - Visual Basic
Trace Text - Trace Bitmap - Convert to Bitmap - Resample Bitmap
Image Tools - Blend - Quick3-D - QuickWarp - Contour Text - Convert to Polygon
Custom Audiences - SpeedLink List

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

The menus change with context. Not all were tried. All drawing functions seemed inactive. Editing of data and organisation charts was not attempted. Opening of documents in Microsoft PowerPoint format did not seem reliable. Saving such documents even less so. Maybe OK for simple presentations but too much does not work and too much crashes for any serious use.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 09 20081.0.0N/A Yes NoGarbage[email protected] 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected

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HowTo / Notes

WARNING - Enhanced File Dialogues do not work under Wine

By default, Corel Presentations uses 'enhanced' (Explorer-like) file dialogues. These do not work under Wine. Presentations will probably crash or hang opening an existing slide show or saving a new one unless the enhanced dialogues are disabled first.

Start Presentations. Select Settings... under the Tools menu. Select Environment > Options. Uncheck the "Use enhanced file dialogs" box. Click OK. Click Close.

The Tools > Settings pop-up window crashes so it is not possible to disable enhanced file dialogues from within Presentations. However, disabling enhanced file dialogues in WordPerfect also disables enhanced file dialogues in Presentations. See the guidance notes for WordPerfect 11.

WARNING - File Menu Functions with Enhanced File Dialogues Disabled

The File > Open dialogue is unreliable. When the Open button is pressed, the button text may change to Save and a pop-up asks kindly if you wish to overwrite the document you are trying to open.

Open documents by some other means - the Recent File List and Perfect Expert work well for documents that have been opened before. To open an old document for the first time, use a console window, start Presentations from the command line giving the document's path as an argument.

Unfortunately, some of the Import menu options use the same dialogue windows as Open > File and these too are broken.

File > Save of an existing document may give a pop-up window with a message that reads "Your application encountered a problem opening the selected file." When this happens, it is recommended you quit the application and start again.

The document you just saved is probably not yet corrupt beyond use. However, as you quit the application, it will ask you if you want to save the document. If you do save at this point, the document most probably will be corrupt beyond use.

For the save of a new document, your chances of success are greater if you use File > Save As instead of File > Save.

File > Save As (or File > Save of a new document) presents a dialogue window with a drop-down list that allow you to select the format in which the document is to be saved.

This list may be empty. All documents saved so far in these circumstances have been corrupt beyond further use. Cancelling the dialogue and trying again has been known to work.

File > Close appears to do as it should. However, if you try to reopen a slide show once closed, Presentations will tell you the document is already open and will only allow you to open the document read only.

WARNING - Tabbed Pop-up Windows - Crash in libc

It is recommend you avoid all Property, Gallery and Settings pop-up windows.

Tabbed pop-up windows are dangerous. Generally, the tabs will be unlabelled or the label will be gibberish. Selecting a tab is more than likely to crash Presentations. It can even happen that no tabs are displayed and the crash is immediate.

Missing Toolbars

The horizontal and vertical toolbars (the Property Bar, Application Bar and the Drawing Palette) appear not to be displayed. They are, but their height/width is too small to notice.

The tool bars can be restored to health by deleting corrupt entries from the Wine registry. These entries must be deleted beforehand each time Presentations is started. The following shell script should do the trick:

cpc="Software\\Corel\\Corel Presentations\\${ver}\\Customize";
wine regedit /D "${root}\\${cpc}\\Property Bar";
wine regedit /D "${root}\\${cpc}\\Tool Palette";
wine regedit /D "${root}\\${cpc}\\Toolbar";

Drawing Functions

The drawing functions do not work.

Try View > Show Pointer Position. The pointer position is displayed in the bottom left-hand corner of the window. This shows 0cm,0cm for all positions within the window. The drawing canvas is a singularity.


It is possible to drag-and-drop slide components (such as the title). However all attempts to do this seem to move the element off the top left-hand corner of the window. This is probably another consequence of the 0cm,0cm pointer position.

Finger trouble may result in a slide element being dragged-and-dropped off the top left-hand corner of the window and it is not possible to drag-and-drop the element back to where is came from. Control-Z will undo the drag-and-drop if used immediately. When it is too late to use Control-Z, try recovering the situation using Format > Reapply Layout.

Microsoft PowerPoint Format Slide Shows

Corel Presentations should be able to open and save Microsoft PowerPoint format slide shows. However, this is less an open/save operation pair and more an import/export operation pair.

Open of and save as slide shows in PowerPoint format does work. However, the success of Open may depend on the application last used to save the slide show. In testing, Presentations would not open a trivial PowerPoint format slide show created in OpenOffice. Sometimes Presentations failed to open a slide show in PowerPoint format that it itself had created.

Failure to import a PowerPoint format slide show leaves the application unable to exit - you will have to kill it. It is prudent to assume the application's workspace is corrupt. It is recommended you save any open slide shows before trying to open a PowerPoint format slide show.


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