Your slide deck is a zip file in disguise

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Neat. But how is this useful?

Use Case 1: Extracting all images from a slide deck

Use Case 2: Extracting notes from each slide

function extractSlideNotes()
local i=0;
local DIR=${1:-.}; # Default is current folder
# XML path to slide notes: <p:txBody> -> <a:p> --> <a:r> --> <a:t> (see notesSlide.xml files)
local XPATH="//*[local-name()='txBody']/*[local-name()='p']/*[local-name()='r']/*[local-name()='t']/text()";
# Loop through each slide
for FILE in ${DIR}/ppt/notesSlides/*.xml;
(( i++ ));
# Fetch and output the notes
local NOTES=$(xmllint --xpath ${XPATH} ${FILE});
echo -e ${i} "\t" ${NOTES};
$ extractSlideNotes ~/Desktop/sample/
1 Notes on slide 1
2 Notes on slide 2
3 Notes on slide 3

What about adding slides?

  • [Content_Types].xml
  • ppt/presentation.xml
  • ppt/_rels/presentation.xml.rels
  • ppt/slides/slide4.xml
  • ppt/slides/_rels/slide4.xml
Sub Test()
Dim pptSlide As Slide, pptLayout As CustomLayout
Set pptLayout = ActivePresentation.Slides(1).CustomLayout

For Index = 1 To 5
slideID = ActivePresentation.Slides.Count + 1

' Create new slide
Set pptSlide = ActivePresentation.Slides.AddSlide(slideID, pptLayout)

' Add a new image to that slide from /Users/robert/Desktop/images/figure*.png
pptSlide.Shapes.AddPicture fileName:="Users:robert:Desktop:images:figure" & Index & ".png", LinkToFile:=msoTrue, SaveWithDocument:=msoTrue, Left:=0, Top:=100
End Sub

It’s a wrap




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Bioinformatics Software Engineer, Author of Level up with WebAssembly book.

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