Controlling PowerPoint From Within Runtime Revolution
johnmiller1950 at zoominternet.net
Fri Apr 17 05:19:22 CDT 2009
Point well taken. My program allows the user to show slideshows,
create notes, etc, etc, etc. in a much simpler way than PowerPoint.
Frustration with PowerPoint was the main reason I started writing my
program in the first place, and I personally never use it. However,
there are a number of reasons my customers give for wanting this
1. They have invested a great deal of time creating PowerPoint files
and don't want to redo them.
2. We live in a powerPoint world. My users are often given a
PowerPoint file from their denomination or a guest speaker who brings
a PowerPoint file that they would like to project. Given enough time,
we could convert these files, but when you are handed a file ten
minutes before a church service, you can't always do the conversion.
3. Some people have learned to use PowerPoint and don't want to
learn another system even though it may be much simpler.
4. So, my user's buy my software to do what it does best, but still
want the ability to show PowerPoint files from within my app.
In short - The customer is always right - even when they're
wrong !!! ; >)
On Apr 17, 2009, at 5:27 AM, Richmond Mathewson wrote:
> This whole set of posts seems somehow redundant when the whole
> Power Point "thing" can be handled within Runtime Revolution itself.
> Making a presentation that is 'Power-Point-like' in Runtime Revolution
> is extremely easy; and once that's done nobody has to rely on an
> program and how Runtime Revolution is going to control it.
> And, by-the-by; the average presentation in RR takes far less RAM than
> MS Powerpoint or OO Impress; a standalone also means that the end-user
> doesn't have to have any of these heavy great programs clogging up
> This may seem like an incredibly obvious point (and it should be); but
> I wonder if the good folks in Edinburgh while concentrating on how
> product can play databases and suck information in from the Internet,
> hither and yon are forgetting RR's other, possibly more prosaic
> capabilities which are also extremely useful; and if used, would mean
> there was no real need for questions of the sort:
> "How do I control an external slide-show from RR?"
> sincerely, Richmond Mathewson.
> A Thorn in the flesh is better than a failed Systems Development
> Life Cycle.
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