I am not impressed with OpenOffice Impress
OpenOffice.org Impress makes LaTeX + Beamer look user-friendly. Now that I've gone through turning my OLF slides from boring black-on-white to prettier, I realize how much of a usability nightmare Impress is.
First I tried making a background image in Inkscape. Inkscape's nice, because it has a bunch of preset color palettes. I decided to use Tango colors. So I made a background image 1024x768 to be the right proportions. Saved the .svg and tried to set it as the background on my slides. Now, I've done this once before, so I knew it was convoluted and that rather than wasting my time trying to figure out how to do it again, I ought to just read the Help. Want to know how convoluted it is? Let me demonstrate...
1. Go to Format -> Area
2. Go to the Bitmaps tab
3. See this: