Do you give presentations?
On the computer where you give presentations, is the right software always loaded? Do you go through life with absolutely no problems showing your slides?
Most people don't.
You can save your OpenOffice.org presentation in Microsoft Powerpoint format, sure. That definitely works. Or use the portable OpenOffice.org. But sometimes you might need to present where neither OpenOffice.org nor Powerpoint is installed, you might not have access to a USB drive, and so on. There isn't, technically, an OpenOffice Impress Reader program. Not exactly....
What do you do?
Well, cleverly, you have already created a PDF of your presentation, which you can simply run using the Adobe Reader application available on every computer in the universe, except maybe a couple.
You won't have your animation effects or slide transitions, but as a riveting speaker with important things to say, you don't need that.
To make a PDF of your presentation, just click the PDF icon on your Standard toolbar (the top one). Name it in the window that appears. That's all.
Here's a snapshot of what it looks like in the Adobe Reader. Click on it to see it full size.
To show the presentation in Adobe Reader, you can use the Pages tab to show thumbnails and go from slide to slide, or just use your Page Up and Page Down keys on your keybard. View at 100% or whatever works.
You might not always need to do this, but it certainly does seem like having a PDF backup at all times could be a good idea.
Note: You can also export to HTML, and to Flash! Just choose File > Export, select HTML or Macromedia as the format, and follow the wizard.