Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Import data dynamically into PowerPoint slides

I recently discovered PresentationPoint, a really slick third-party provider that allows for data to be dynamically inserted into PowerPoint slide through their app, DataPoint. I was looking to have a presentation be retrofitted with my site's main news RSS feed, which NewsPoint supports. Really cool. DataPoint also supports straight DB queries by managing a datalink through ODBC or via XML.

I e-mailed the support address and a couple of hours later a dude from Belgium wrote me back...and even included a slide deck with my stuff already imported. Whatta sales pitch.

(Ever the naive programmer, I was trying to get this done on my own, but to no avail. Wally was nice enough to point out that this could be done with VBA, but that's a headache unto itself.)

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