UPDATE: SlideFab 2 is now available with groundbreaking changes. The text below is deprecated.
This latest release of SlideFab v1.9 comes with a couple of novelties, for example two great new export modes:
- SlideFab has now the function to open up image files (e.g. jpg, png) from the hard drive and put these images into Powerpoint slides. As filenames can be computed or looked up from lists with formulas (e.g. VLookup or Index/Match), this new feature opens up a world of new possibilities. For example, when embedding company logos into the presentation it is not necessary to add these images to the Powerpoint file itself.
- Another novelty is SlideFab's feature to support charts which are designed within Powerpoint. This is a tremendous addition to copying charts from Excel over to Powerpoint or to updating think-cell charts. The way it works is very simple: Design any chart within Powerpoint and then define where the data in Excel will come from. (Please note: this import mode will be only be visible when using charts in a Powerpoint template file. Otherwise this mode will not be shown within the export mode dropdown in the slide editor)
On top of these new features SlideFab got a massive speedup improvement which will pay off for larger presentations with hundreds of slides.
SlideFab v1.9 also supports the format painter for indirect shapes and images from files. For example, when a drop shadow (or border, reflection, etc.) is set in the template for a shape which will become a picture when running the slide fabrication, this drop shadow will appear in the output file as well.
The following lists give an overview of the novelties and bugfixes since version 1.8.
What's new in SlideFab 1.9
- New export mode: SlideFab can now read image files and put those into Powerpoint shapes
- New export mode: SlideFab supports Powerpoint charts and updates data tables from ranges in Excel
Under the hood improvements:
- Splitting and caching to speed-up the fabrication of larger Powerpoint presentations with > 200 slides
- Disabling and restoring autosave in Powerpoint to improve speed-up
- Improved positioning precision for shapes when imported from a Powerpoint template presentation
- Minor bug fixes