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Which versions of PowerPoint are supported?

We do our best to ensure compatibility with the latest versions of PowerPoint for Mac and Windows, and try to support at least one previous version of PowerPoint if possible.

As Microsoft updates their software, some features and functionality may stop working correctly. We will attempt to fix these when we can. An example of this is the ability to convert text and graphics in PowerPoint into text and graphic in ProPresenter. In Office 365 and PowerPoint 2016, Microsoft has removed some of the code that we need to be able to access non-text objects on the slide. Because of this, we are only able to convert text objects. You can still convert the presentation into still images, but you can't import the presentation and have editable text and objects on the slides. This is unlikely to change.

The Mac and Windows versions of ProPresenter interact differently with PowerPoint on each operating system, so things that are supported in one version may not be supported in the other. An example of this is the way native presentations are handled. The Mac version launches a PowerPoint file fully outside of ProPresenter when you drop it into a playlist and select it. The Windows version has access to some tools that allow us to display the slides within ProPresenter, making the transition a little more seamless. PowerPoint is still launching a window above the ProPresenter output, so when you start a native PowerPoint file, you will need to use the keyboard to advance through the slides in order to use the animations and transitions.

Not all features in PowerPoint are supported during an import. Things like transitions and some slide objects that work in PowerPoint don't have an equivalent in ProPresenter, and are therefore ignored. Some slide objects in PowerPoint may be converted to image objects.

The list below is the current known compatibility of PowerPoint versions with the last three major releases of ProPresenter. A full version of PowerPoint is required to use the PowerPoint integration in ProPresenter. PowerPoint Viewer, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, or other similar programs are not supported.

Mac support

Office 2016

Partially supported in ProPresenter 6. The "Import as Text and Graphics" option doesn't function properly due to a missing feature in Office. We are waiting on Microsoft to address this. All other features work properly. It does not currently work with ProPresenter 5 or earlier versions at all.

Office 2011

Works with ProPresenter 5 and ProPresenter 6 and should work properly with ProPresenter 4. This is the minimum supported version for OS X Lion and above.

Office 2008

Works with ProPrenter 4 and ProPresenter 5, but only on systems running OS X Snow Leopard or earlier.


Windows support

Office 2016

Office 2016 and Office 365 are supported with ProPresenter 5 and ProPresenter 6.

Office 2013

Works with ProPresenter 4 and up.

Office 2007 and 2010

Works with ProPresenter 4. Not tested or supported in newer versions.

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