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#### mattiem52

I started with a Ppt 2000 file consisting of a couple hundred visuals

packed with equations (for a 2-day statistics course).

I recently opened/saved the file in Ppt 2003, and ran into some

problems with the equations, which were created with Equation Editor

that came with Ppt 2000.

Initially, everything looked fine in the Ppt 2003 file, but when I

generated a PDF of the notes pages (which we use to print student

binders), many of the mathematical symbols didn't appear in the PDF

- there was just a blank space where they should have been. Symbols

dropped out sporadically from equations appearing in the notes page

text as well as equations appearing in slides.

I went back to the PPt 2003 file and tried copying the existing

equation (without opening it in Equation Editor) and using Paste

Special to place a Windows Metafile picture of the equations on the

slides. When I generated a new PDF file, the same problem occurred.

Next, I tried opening the equations in Equation Editor (Microsoft

Equation 3.0), and without changing anything, I clicked Update and then

Exit and Return to Presentation. Sometimes the equations survived

intact, but some equations switched from bold to regular font, the line

spacing tightened up or some other change occurred spontaneously. I had

to go back into Equation Editor to fix the equation before doing the

Paste Special step. PDFs created after this process came out fine -

all the mathematical symbols were intact.

I'm not looking forward to having to jump through all these hoops for

hundreds of equations every time there's a version upgrade. Would

MathType offer more output reliability between the PowerPoint file and

the PDF? Is Acrobat part of the problem?

I'd appreciate any insight/suggestions.