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Author: Elizabeth Whalen

Getting PowerPoint Content Into Flash

This tutorial will show you one way to move content from an existing PowerPoint presentation to a Flash project. You might want to add more sophisticated animation and interactivity to your presentation than PowerPoint offers, or you might want to make your presentation more "web-friendly." This tutorial will help you to move your existing PowerPoint slides--so you can save time by not having to recreate your presentation from scratch in Flash. This method works best for presentations with a lot of slides and a lot of text that you don't want to retype and reformat in Flash.

This tutorial was created using PowerPoint 2000 and Flash 5.

Step 1: Saving your content from PowerPoint.

We'll assume that you already have a complete PowerPoint that you want to use.

  • Launch PowerPoint and open your presentation.
  • In PowerPoint, select File > Save As.
  • Define a folder to hold your presentation content.
  • Select Windows Metafile (.wmf) from the dropdown list of possible file types. Press Save.
  • A pop-up box displays in PowerPoint, asking if you want export every slide in the presentation. Click Yes.

Each slide is saved as a separate .wmf in the folder you defined.

PowerPoint transfers any text and any graphics on the slide to the WMF. It does not usually grab images or graphics that are located on the PowerPoint Slide Master. You'll have to recreate these in Flash or go to the Slide Master in PowerPoint after you're done and copy the images you want. Then, you can paste them into your Flash timeline.
» Level Intermediate

Added: 2002-08-20
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Elizabeth Whalen is a technical writer, interested in Flash and the Web.
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