In terms of image size, when I run my save powerpoint process, it generates a PDF using microsoft print-to-pdf, then extracts each page as an image in photoshop, saving them sequentially. It saves the images at default resolution (8) which gives a file that is about 600kb! I then resample that with irfanview into a file that is about 23kb. The difference is substantial!
After Office97, Microsoft kept adding more and more widgets and slowing the software down to the point where it was a pain in the ass to figure out how to do anything. Even a certified PowerPoint Guru like myself had to go to the “search” function to figur out how to insert a footnote, which was just a simple keystroke under Office97. To get any usefulness out of newer versions of Office, you had to invest a lot more time learning the software than using it, which is one of the hallmarks of bad user interface design.
I should be clear, Austin was not a personal friend of mine. I wrote this obituary because his software had such a big role in my life, and I think it was important to the era that I come from.