There are plenty of reasons to connect Excel with PowerPoint. Often this is about keeping numbers or charts up-to-date. In other cases it is about creating data-driven slides automatically. For both cases there are various add-ins available. The following list contains a selection of tools for exporting or connecting from Excel to PowerPoint.Read More »Tools for exporting or connecting from Excel to PowerPoint
The internet is full of articles, blog entries and recommendations dealing on how to create PowerPoint slides from Excel using VBA. As Excel and PowerPoint seem to be quite as old as the internet itself, the amount of information is enormous.
Additionally, there is a huge group of people asking for help in forums like reddit or stackoverflow. Quite often they show pieces of VBA code found somewhere on the internet. And then, of course, they struggle to adapt the code to their own problem.
How can it be that the offer of help is so huge but the need for individual support is even greater? Is it really so easy to create PowerPoint slides from Excel using VBA? The following list gives an overview of what is available on the internet regarding this topic. But, of course, there is much more available through web search.Read More »8 Articles about creating PowerPoint slides from Excel using VBA
This update to version 3.0 brings various new features to SlideFab:
- A new logic audit feature which lets SlideFab search for inconsistencies in the automation setup. This helps to detect issues before running the Slide Making process.
- The newly introduced Excel Charts Export Mode from version 2.0 got an upgrade. It is about series sorting and elimination of empty entries.
- A more sophisticated error checking during Slide Making gives feedback if something went wrong.
And last but not least, this new version incorporates a couple of bug fixes.
This new version is available at the download page. Already installed SlideFab updates automatically.Read More »Version 3.0 available. Logical Audit, simplifying chart features and more
When creating recurring PowerPoint slides based on Excel workbooks, there are 5 different SlideFab Export Modes to choose from. This video elaborates on how to choose and employ the right Export Mode. The video shows how to set up the Excel model and the PowerPoint slide template for the use of SlideFab.Read More »Linking / exporting charts from Excel to PowerPoint using 5 different Export Modes of SlideFab
This update to version 2.0 brings various new features to SlideFab:
- A new chart export modes for allowing more flexibility in the output presentation
- A helpful feature to edit the path to multiple linked charts at once
- A killer button to end all Excel processes
and a few things more.
Apart from these novelties the versioning was improved to distinguish the kind of update: For feature updates like this one, the major number left of the dot increases. For smaller updates and bugfixes the minor number counts. Accordingly, this version is not 1.12 but 2.0.
This new version is available at the download page. Already installed SlideFab updates automatically.Read More »SlideFab 2 version 2.0 available. New features, higher robustness.
Sometimes it is helpful to add image files into PowerPoint slides, e.g. company logos. When mass-creating slides SlideFab supports this as well. How it works will be explained in this short video.Read More »Loading image files into PowerPoint shapes based on an Excel model without coding
SlideFab 2 v1.11 is available now. It brings a bug fixes to improve performance and stability.Read More »Minor update of SlideFab 2 v1.11 available now
Putting traffic lights showing either red, yellow or green is an important feature for creating many kinds of slides, e.g. flash reports. Something like this can be done with SlideFab 2 easily. Watch the video to learn it.Read More »Putting conditional traffic lights on PowerPoint slides controlled through an Excel model
So far, it was required to use the Make Slides window within SlideFab 2 to automatically create the PowerPoint slides based on Excel. This works fine. But for a deeper integration of SlideFab 2 into your own applications some API functionality was missing… until now. The slide mass creation can be invoked through the SlideFab 2 API using a few lines of code. It is pretty simple to use and offers a whole new world of opportunities for all those who enjoy coding VBA.
This new version is available at the download page or updated automatically from your existing SlideFab 2 installationRead More »Invoking slide automation through the all new SlideFab 2 API. Here comes SlideFab 2 v1.10
There are myriads of things which are doable with Excel. And for each of these things, there is another myriad of possibilities on how do… Read More »What is important when creating Excel models (not only for SlideFab)?
SlideFab 2 v1.9 is available now. It contains code changes due to a recent update in think-cell 10 which led to a PowerPoint freeze after… Read More »Minor update of SlideFab 2 v1.9 available now
SlideFab 2 v1.8 is available now. It brings a couple of logical improvements to the Slide Loops feature. This feature can be used as an alternative or an enrichment to the overall iteration when creating multiple copies of a given slide. Of course, this new version is also available as all free SlideFab 2 LITE edition.Read More »Minor update of SlideFab 2 v1.8 available now
SlideFab 2 v1.7 brings not many updates but for fans of think-cell a significant one: When a PowerPoint template slide contains one or more Excel-linked think-cell charts, SlideFab will allow the chart update and break the Excel links for the output slides. In this way the output slides will contain real think-cell charts (not just mere screenshots or so) which can be fine-tuned or altered when required. Further information about how this works can be found in the documentation.Read More »think-cell chart mass production with all new SlideFab 2 v1.7
The art of creating PowerPoint presentations is topic of a whole industry: Templates, tutorials, manuals, best practices, etc. are offered to enable users to sculpture one perfect presentation. However, so much effort for one presentation does not scale well, e.g. when each country, business unit, team leader, etc needs a dedicated presentation. In such cases mass creating slides and presentations can help: Same structure but different data. In most cases the outcome is not very emotional or thrilling as titles or annotations do not reflect the message conveyed through the data. The slides tell no story. In fact, one might argue that a phonebook is more exciting. Unfortunately, the situation is as follows: One gets either customization or economies of scale.
However, this article is about approaches to bring more customization to mass-produced slides. Even though these tipps are meant for SlideFab 2, some will find them helpful for manual automation coding with VBA or Excel modeling in general. So, here are some ideas which explain how to get more customization when mass producing PowerPoint slides or presentation based on Excel.Read More »Using customization to individualize mass-produced PowerPoint slides
SlideFab 2 v1.6 is available now. It brings a couple of minor bug fixes and improvements . Of course, this version is also available as all free SlideFab 2 LITE edition.Read More »Minor update of SlideFab 2 v1.6 available now
How much time does SlideFab 2 really save? In order to find that out there will be a competition between Alice and Bob. On the one hand, Alice uses SlideFab 2. On the other hand, Bob uses his own hands with high-performance copy and paste and leverages a small VBA snippet as turbo. The task will be to create dashboard slides in PowerPoint which are filled through an Excel-based calculation.Read More »Human-vs-Machine: How SlideFab 2 performs against human brute force
There are plenty of ways to visualize results from surveys and benchmarks. A classical one is a line plot of the Likert scale (i.e. Likert chart / plot). While it is a great chart type, it is a pity that Excel does not offer it out of the box.
There are manuals on the internet available on how to build a Likert chart with Excel. However, this post explains how to mass create multiple slides with Likert Charts with SlideFab 2 for free. This can be useful in benchmarking surveys for example, where each participant shall receive a personalized result presentation.
UPDATE: There was a bug in the Excel model which led to incorrectly drawn charts. Thanks to Thomas Seitz from http://www.tsm-marktforschung.de/ for pointing this out. The example files was updated, cf. below.Read More »Likert Charts mass creation in Powerpoint using Excel and SlideFab 2
Automatically creating more than 200 Powerpoint slides with dynamic title and chart in 5 minutes for free? Learn how this works using SlideFab 2 LITE with linked charts in this blog post.Read More »Using Linked Charts to automatically create Excel-powered Powerpoint slides faster than ever
SlideFab 2 v1.5 comes with the great new feature to automate Excel-to-Powerpoint linked charts. This is a great addition to the existing SlideFab 2 features which can copy charts from Excel to Powerpoint as image and to update the data in Powerpoint charts. Of course, this feature is also supported in the all free SlideFab 2 LITE edition.
MINOR UPDATE 10th January, 2019: A new installer was made available as the old SSL certificate had expired.Read More »Mass Producing Excel Charts to Powerpoint gets easier with all new SlideFab 2 v1.5
Creating legible Excel formulas is something which is very handy, typically. No matter whether another person or oneself needs to adopt and understand an Excel file. It can be difficult to find into the logic of an old or alien Excel file: Then even plain calculations can be hard to grasp. But there are also cases where complex workbooks are easy to understand. It depends, as always:
Imagine a classical way to make an Excel file hard to understand: Adding numerous references across worksheets to single cells. This happens quite often. Even to adapt Excel users: For example, they separate calculation sheets from a parameter sheet. Conceptually, this is a good idea, but things can get messy.Read More »How Excel Tables exceed Named Ranges when writing legible formulas