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Posted by Graham Rhind
Jun 14, 2009 at 03:17 PM

 

I was wondering if anybody knew of a PIM/Information manager which is able to read MS Powerpoint presentations in, dissasembling them into their component slides so that they can then be viewed and, ideally, copied as slides so that they can be pasted to a new presentation.

Currently I can view my presentations as printouts in OneNote, but then I still have to go to the original file, open it, find the slide, copy it and paste it to a new presentation.  I think there must be easier ways :-)

There seems to be slide library software around (e.g. http://www.slideboxx.com), but it is either web-based (not acceptable) or ridiculously pricey for a one-trick pony.  Does anybody have any suggestions? 

Thanks in advance.

Graham

PS I know that Microsoft 2007 Office with Sharepoint has a library option - I don’t have that Office version.

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
Jun 14, 2009 at 04:22 PM

 

Hi Graham.

You know you can save a Powerpoint file as RTF file?

Franz

 


Posted by Graham Rhind
Jun 14, 2009 at 05:56 PM

 

Thanks Franz.  Yes.  To be clearer: I’m trying to import slides as slides (not as another format, such as rtf) into a single data file (not multiple files), where I can view and search all slides from all presentations in one place ....  I wondered if any PIM or similar had attempted this.  There are specialist programs that do this, but I was rather hoping for a solution that had other uses as well.

Graham

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jun 15, 2009 at 07:35 AM

 

Hi Graham,

For starters, check out MindView’s integration with Powerpoint: http://www.matchware.com/en/products/mindview/features.htm#Integration_with_Microsoft

Note that it is optimised for using MindView as the starting point for the presentation, exporting to Powerpoint and then re-importing, in which case the special MindView styles are recognised.

Of more general interest: You might want to take a look at Steve Rindsberg’s range of power powerpoint tools http://www.pptools.com/index.html as well as his resource site for programming Powerpoint with VBA http://www.steverindsberg.com/pptlive/

Sometime ago, David Tebbutt provided a Powerpoint macro to Brainstorm users for exporting files as tabbed text outlines based on Steve Rindsberg’s guidance. I can ask David if it is still available somewhere.

Alexander

 


Posted by moritz
Jun 15, 2009 at 04:10 PM

 

Graham,
SharePoint can do this, it’s even called a “Slide Library”. It provides custom metadata columns, (hierarchical) views and filters and maintains dynamically linked slides (i.e. even after you put slides into a presentation you can opt to fetch updates of individual slides from SharePoint). You can take the slide library offline by subscribing to it with Groove.

The downside: Obviously you need SharePoint 2007 for this, so I wouldn’t call it a “single user” solution ...

Moritz (feeling privileged that we have those servers in our company ...)

Graham Rhind wrote:
>Thanks Franz.  Yes.  To be clearer: I’m trying to import slides as slides (not as another
>format, such as rtf) into a single data file (not multiple files), where I can view and
>search all slides from all presentations in one place ....  I wondered if any PIM or
>similar had attempted this.  There are specialist programs that do this, but I was
>rather hoping for a solution that had other uses as well.
> >Graham
> > 

 


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