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Support for PowerPoint PPTX Format

Overview

This page provides some helpful information about using AutoTag in MS PowerPoint. The PowerPoint application has many features not supported by Windward. They may or may not come through in 100% fidelity to output. They may also cause corrupt files to be created. 

 

Please see this article on basic concepts of using AutoTag with PowerPoint.

Tags

Most Windward Tags are supported in PowerPoint, in the usual way.

Hyperlink Tags

Hyperlink tags will always appear blue, underlined, in the template, but formatting that is applied to them will carry over to the output. For example, if you set the text color to red, the text generated in the report will be red.

Unsupported Tags and Limitations to Tags

  • The Bookmark Tag is limited to Word only.
  • In PowerPoint, Import Tags are limited to images and text only.
  • In PowerPoint, when using an Out Tag, TEMPLATE is not supported on type attribute.
  • Tags cannot be placed in Master Slide for a document.
  • Text tags are not supported in footers

AutoTag Functionality in PPT

AutoTag support and functionality is the same as Word, with a few exceptions:

  • No Field or Content control tags

  • No PODs

  • No Tag Tree

  • No Office Chart tags

PowerPoint Features

Slides & Slide Content

This section is all about stuff that goes on a slide, or is an attribute of a slide.

Placeholders

Background Information

Placeholders are defined in layout and master slides. A shape in a slide may be associated with a placeholder in a layout, and a placeholder in a layout may be associated with a placeholder in a master.

PPTX Output

Placeholders are copied across as part of a master or layout. Generated slides are associated with the same layout as the original, and so the corresponding shapes have the same placeholder associations.

PDF Output

We apply the inherited formatting for shapes associated with placeholders.

Text Boxes, Tables, Images

All supported.

Windward tags may be used in text boxes and tables.

Table Styles are not supported > PDF.

Multiple Lists in a Table Cell Unsupported

We do not support having multiple lists in a single table cell, because PowerPoint doesn't really support this. If you do this, in PowerPoint, you will find that sometimes it will continue numbering from the previous list, and you cannot change the start number. For example, in this screenshot, the second list starts on 2, and you can't change it to start on 1, but the third list starts on 1.

If you increase the list indent on “3. List”, then the third list starts to behave in the same way as the second list.

 

Charts

We have limited features for PowerPoint when compared to Word. Unfortunately the Basic Chart Tag does not have the amazingness that it does in Word. The Word Chart Tag is an advanced version that we have been slowly improving as customers ask for features. 

  • We support MS Office charts and Windward's Basic Chart Tags.
    • The Basic Chart Tag does not appear as a chart, but as a simple tag like this: [chart]
  • Customizing colors, borders, chart type, labels, etc., must all be done in the Basic Chart Tag Editor.
    • Theme colors for the presentation do not apply to the chart when output.
  • Specifying the order in the legend is done for the X Axis Data or the Series in the first tab of the Editor (this is true for the Advanced Chart Tag in Word). You need to write your own query or use the Wizard to add an Order-By filter.
  • All charts are rendered as Bitmap on Output (this is different from how they are rendered in Word).

Links

HTTP hyperlinks are supported.

Backgrounds

Solid background colors, and background images are supported in both PPTX and PDF output.

Layout

Slides have a reference to a layout. We copy these references through in PPTX output (not applicable in PDF output). Generated slides have the same layout as the template slide.

Themes

Text formatting defined in the themes is supported.

Hidden Slides

Slide hidden property is supported > PPTX. Hidden slides will be processed normally (with tags); and they simply retain the hidden property. Generated slides have the same hidden flag as the template.

Slide Masters and Layouts

PPTX Output

We copy all masters and their layouts and associations to slides. Generated slides have the same associations as the parent slide.

  • Tags cannot be inserted into a Master Slide

PDF Output

We apply the inherited formatting for shapes associated with placeholders.

We render inherited static content, including text boxes, tables, images, and charts.

Internationalization and Localization

Same support as all Windward Reports.

PowerPoint templates (*.potx)

Not supported.

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