> "Have you checked the *custom animation* settings for each slide?"
> Why yes, yes I have. That is how I knew it was randomly losing the changes I was making.
Seems you have something very wrong with your install of LO, or your user prefs file(s) for LO are bonkered. (Read-only, wrong permissions, etc. also come to mind here.)
> "I took the time to learn how to use the tool properly."
> Oh look, typical F/OSStard response "RTFM!"
So you would rather someone else "RTFM" then hold your hand whilst they explain and show you, on a 2-year-old level, how to use the application ?
> Values not being saved without warning is not, never has been, never will be a user problem. It is a software one and IME it is one that Impress suffers badly from.
Wrong. I have permissions on files get accidentally changed where an application couldn't save preferences/configuration in *my* home directory. Once I realized the problem and corrected the permissions, the preferences/configuration saving problem disappeared.
It's not always a software issue. Pick an application and mark its settings file read-only. Then change a few settings, restart the app, and see if the settings were saved. More than likely not.
(I marked my file associations preferences file read-only to keep *my* preferred associations from being "helpfully" changed when I install a new app.)
And I have *YET* to have *any* component of LO fail to save values, of any kind.