Controlling PowerPoint From Within Runtime Revolution

Luis luis at
Thu Apr 16 06:01:45 EDT 2009


Insofar as I know, all PowerPoint installs have the PowerPoint Viewer  
included (at least from Office XP/11 onwards). You can call this from  
the command line or launch it with the path to the presentation. It's  
much lighter than the full PowerPoint and quits out quickly, with no  
PowerPoint startup (actually, on first run you need to agree to the  
Licence, but once that's done it doesn't pop up again).

Not too sure on the Licencing when it comes to wanting to distribute  
it with your app, but it's a free download from the MS site if you  
don't happen to have PowerPoint as part of your Office installation.

Command line switches are available, I think '/O' gives you the  
option to offer presentations from a defined list.

I think it's 'pptview' (not at a Win PC at the moment) from the  
command line.



On 16 Apr 2009, at 10:38, John Miller wrote:

> Greetings All,
> I am trying to write a script that will allow the user to open and  
> show a powerpoint presentation and then give control back to  
> revolution when finished.  I am currently using the launch command,  
> but don't like seeing all the PowerPoint startup items.  The  
> presentation runs OK, but when it is done, it closes the  
> presentation and shows the regular PowerPoint development windows.  
> My end users do NOT want to convert their presentation to a batch  
> of jpegs.  They would prefer just showing the PP presentation and  
> then come right back to their runtime app.
> Can this be done?
> John Miller
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