powerpoint to xml converter

By N3051M
Jun 12, 2007
  1. Hey peeps, does anyone know any programs (preferably free) or method of converting powerpoint files to .xml files?

    in particular i need something with a batch processing capability to be able to do this, since there is a quite considerable amount of presentation files to cover...

    Thanks. N30.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Uhm.. XML for what?

    XML is not a defined file format. Do you mean the Office 2003 XML? Or the new Office 2007 "Open" XML? Or the OpenOffice Impress presentation?
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,158   +599

    Not likely to exist. Powerpoint is a presentation tool, akin to a browser.
    XML is a data description tool, and it's only through a special DLL that IE
    displays XML data.

    What are you attempting to achieve by exporting into XML?
  4. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,115

    ok.. my church is trailing this new presentation software called Luminous (link: ) and in the section where you can select the songs to add to the presentation list (like slide sorter in powerpoint) it has a button that says "export/import from XML".

    Upon further investigation it seems to have this format, after using a few songs as a test by copy/pasting it the old fashion way and exporting it using the button mentioned above (see attached test.xml file), which seems to be a program specific function to easily import song lists from other users of the software.. so i guessed i jumped abit over myself when i saw that function and realizing that theres more to xml.. :D

    Now the question is, can i turn some powerpoint slides to this format through any means? even if i have to learn a bit of scripting of some sort..
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,158   +599

    Two issues; reading the native Powerpoint and then processing it and generating
    XML output.
    The latter is not trivial and requires in-depth study of XML as well as the
    language used to perform the task.

    I suggest that the former is unlikely and the latter is far more difficult than you
    can imagine.
  6. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,115

    ok.. so copying and pasting it is...

    thanks for the input :)
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    openoffice will do this.
  8. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,115

    ok.. care to expand?
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,158   +599

    I would expect this for Word and Excel as it's but a rewrite of the RTF outputs,
    but Powerpoint Slides with graphics and transition effects?
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