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Repeat series of powerpoint animations

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One can repeat a single animation, but how would one repeat a series of animations? Say there are 10 circle shapes arranged in a circle and circle1 appears and disappears then circle2 appears and disappears, etc. And after shape 10 appears and disappears start the whole thing again until end of slide. (Without any mouse clicks.)
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Brian
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by:GlennaShaw
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You can use a custom show to loop the single slide with animations or multiple slides with multiple animations.
See: http://www.terbergdesign.com/images/PDFs/Jul_05CTjt.pdf
I have an example here: http://www.pptmagic.com/downloads/Fireworks.zip
An alternative is to create your looping animations as a single slide show, set that slideshow to loop until ESC.  Go to your main presentation and insert the looping presentation into the main presentation (embed a presentation in a presentation).  Then set the custom animation to automatically play your looping animation slide show.
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by:canesbr
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I see that there is no real clean solution within the featurenality of ppt.

For a more flexible and custom solution, what if one sets up Trigger(s) for the animation to be repeated?
Say an invisible (no fill; no line) Rectangle when clicked would invoke an animation sequence.
Can one then somehow set up a macro that would click Rectangle 14 for you when you enter the slide during slideshow? And loop that click until next slide?
I have not done much VBA in PPT - something like
ActivePresentation.Slides(5).shapes("Rectangle 14").ActionSettings.Item(ppMouseClick).ActionSomething?
But I do not know how to set this up and what the correct syntax is.
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Brian
 
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by:GlennaShaw
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First, I disagree that there's no solution, I just gave you two.  Granted, it is a workaround but it's the best you have right now, even in PPT 2007.  Unlike Excel there is no way to autotrigger a macro in PowerPoint.

You can try Animation Carbon to group your animations into a single animation and loop them.
http://skp.mvps.org/ac/index.html
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by:canesbr
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Thanks
I did not say there is no solution - I said no real clean solution - just workarounds, as you agree.

Ok, so if there has to be a click on something to invoke a macro, how would that be done?
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Brian
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by:GlennaShaw
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Apply an action setting to an object to launch the macro.
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by:canesbr
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You challenged: >Unlike Excel there is no way to autotrigger a macro in PowerPoint.
("Impossible" and "no way" are fun things to do;-)
So I did it - using SlideShowNextSlide Event. Works ok.
[So in order for this to work you need a class module to set up the event handler and you need to initialize it. In order to automatically initialize you need to create an auto open event in an AddIn. This is found at http://skp.mvps.org/autoevents.htm]

So in my instance, I can test on event SlideShowNextSlide for whether the slide is the one containing my animation sequence. And then provide a loop clicking the trigger rectangle. So I am back to my question as to the correct sytax to do this invocation with something like, I don't know,
ActivePresentation.Slides(mySlide.Name).shapes(MyTriggerShape.Name).ActionSettings.Item(ppMouseClick).ActionSomething?  

Regards
Brian
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by:GlennaShaw
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If you're going to use Autoevents you should be able to create the entire animation sequence in VB and just run it without needing a button to trigger it.
You didn't specify which version of PowerPoint that you're running, but here's the PowerPoint 2007 Developer's Reference: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb251391.aspx
You should also be able to navigate to the 2003 reference from there as well.

Since you've already found Shyam's site, here's a few more for you:
http://www.pptfaq.com/index.html#name_For_VBeginners
http://officeone.mvps.org/
http://www.loyola.edu/edudept/PowerfulPowerPoint/
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by:canesbr
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Thanks very much
I am no longer looking for a button, just the VBA syntax to invoke the animation trigger.
Regards
Brian
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by:GlennaShaw
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Should be in the developer's reference.
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by:canesbr
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Thanks much
I tried and failed to come up with the correct syntax.
That is why I am asking.
I usually ask EE as a last resort.
Is there another zone I should ask?
Regards
Brian
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by:GlennaShaw
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You failed to say whether you're using 2003 or 2007, but here's the VB object reference:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb230674.aspx
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This is abandoned by E-E
I never got an answer.
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