SlideFab. An automation software to mass-create recurring PowerPoint slides from Excel

Screenshot showing all SlideFab panels and slide making window

SlideFab is like mail merge for PowerPoint presentations.

This image shows an arbitrary PowerPoint template slide used for automation with SlideFab 2
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An arbitrary Excel workbook which can be used as an control mechanism to automatically create slides with SlideFab 2
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An arbitrary output of SlideFab 2 showing how an Excel model was used to mass create PowerPoint slides based on a set of template slides
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Based on Excel it mass-creates custom-tailored slides.

With the release of SlideFab 2 writing slide automation macros literally got a new meaning:

hard coding” 😉

An innovative, user-friendly automation software to mass-produce PowerPoint slides

SlideFab expects only VLookup knowledge – but no coding

SlideFab supports your (CI) PowerPoint template as well

picking you up exactly where you are …

SlideFab covers all industries

SlideFab helps all business functions

to solve your needs effectively and efficiently, e.g.:

SlideFab personalises survey report copies

SlideFab standardises your reporting slides

SlideFab transforms Excel lists to fabulous slides

Mass-creating slides through automation can help you in two kinds of situations

1


You have to fill data from Excel into template slides to create custom output PowerPoint slides. For example, this can be the case when you have data for maybe 20 companies and you want to create 1 slide per company containing some key figures.

2


You will need to create the same PowerPoint slides on a regular basis with update numbers . For example, this can be the case in monthly reporting, where the structure is the same but numbers, charts and titles change over time.

As you can imagine, a combination of cases 1 and 2 is possible as well: Creating many slides on a regular basis.

Consider the following use-case from the procurement domain: SlideFab 2 can help you to increase your negotiation power and, thus, create more savings:

Download the Excel and PowerPoint files of the supplier negotiation video.

SlideFab 2 is not about just linking Excel to PowerPoint. In fact, SlideFab 2 brings in a lot more: It creates new slides based on templates. On top of this, it supports texts, conditional formats, tables, shapes, images and more. It sorts slides. It decomposes slides into separate files. There are so many features that go way beyond mere linking between Excel and PowerPoint.

Almost everything which you can have in PowerPoint can be automated through SlideFab

Texts

customised through formulas

Pictures

from Excel or from the file systems

Screenshots

from arbitrary Excel ranges

Charts

in 3 different ways

Tables

with conditional formatting applied

Any other shape

e.g. WordArt

Setting up the slide mass creation is so easy in most cases. It requires only a few seconds to select the Excel ranges for the iteration loop.

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Defining the iteration loop

One of the concepts in SlideFab 2 is that the same template slides can be created with different data over and over again. Therefor, SlideFab 2 needs to know two things:

  1. What cell in Excel defines the current loop? This is called the “Loop Master Cell”.
  2. In what Excel range are the entries to repeat? This is called the “Loop Candidates Range”.

Define these two and the software will create you as many slides and presentations as you wish. Basically, it works as follows: SlideFab iterates the entries in the Candidates Range and puts their value into the Master Cell. Of course, your formulas should build upon the Master Cell to get the right content, e.g. using VLookup or Index/Match.

2

Linking your PowerPoint shapes to Excel

Basically, to connect PowerPoint with Excel, there are only three steps required:

  1. Select a PowerPoint shape
  2. Choose the Excel range
  3. Click the SlideFab crosshair icon

Easy, isn’t it?! Creating a “Hello World” project takes less than two minutes.

3

Starting the slide creation

With the links being set up between PowerPoint shapes and Excel ranges and also with the iteration loop in place, it is now time to make some slides. All you have to do is to click “Start” in the slide making window.

These three steps give a first impression on how it works. But on top of this, more details can be found in the documentation. Even better, some nifty customization tricks most people haven’t heard of make SlideFab 2 a real asset.

SlideFab 2 Lite is available for free. Flex and Saver cost less than a chocolate bar per day

SlideFab 2 is available for free as LITE edition. This gives you all features of SlideFab 2 which will save you lots of time. Its only limitation is that it automates only two shapes per slide: This means that for each template slide you can have a dynamic title based on an Excel formula and some linked content, e.g. a chart or a table. All other elements on the template (e.g. a logo) will remain static.

To unleash SlideFab 2 LITE from the limitation of automating only two shapes per template slide two (technically identical) full versions exist: FLEX is cancellable monthly and SAVER offers >15% discount while being cancellable annually.

LITE

EUR 0



Automation Limitation:

2 shapes per slide



FLEX

EUR 20

PER MONTH

No Limitation

Cancellable monthly

No discount

SAVER

EUR 17

PER MONTH

No Limitation

Cancellable annually

More than 15% discount

EUR 20 ~ USD 22
EUR 17 ~ USD 19

Instead of purchasing via this website you can also place an order and pay the invoice via bank transfer. In this case please reach out to info@slidefab.com.

Need a hand? We offer SlideFab service and training, too.

We want you to get the most out of SlideFab! Apart from a documentation and tutorial videos in the blog, we have the following options to offer:

Service

Building the automation for you

Training

Showing you how to build the automation

SlideFab was invented because copy/paste or one-off VBA macros were just a waste of time

SlideFab was invented during a project where 20 scenarios – each having different constraints – were analyzed. Whenever new data was incorporated into the Excel workbook, all PowerPoint slides for the management had to be updated. This was a tedious work. It wasted lots of precious time.

Not surprisingly, most people handle such situations by rigorously applying copy&paste. Others write macros which are not really maintainable and often create more overhead then help. So, during this project the idea came up that automation has to be simplified.

Consequently, the ambition was that everybody with decent Excel skills (i.e. knowing what a VLookup is) should be able to create an Excel-based slide-making automation. So SlideFab 1 was created. It did the job perfectly but it was way too complicated.

Based on user feedback, process redesign and modern UX concepts the all-new SlideFab 2 was built from scratch. As a result, SlideFab empowers users to create a slide mass production within minutes. It contains numerous features out of the box which are for most coders unreachable in the given time frame. Basically, SlideFab 2 disrupts the classical way how slide mass-production has been made for decades (i.e. manual copy&paste and VBA coding).

The SlideFab 2 ribbon in Powerpoint
All slide mass-creation starts here in the PowerPoint ribbon