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PowerPoint 2003 fails to execute a command list within another command list even though Microsoft documentation states that this should be possible.

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Microsoft Power Point 2003 Viewer will not execute a command list referenced by another command list even though their documentation states that it can be done (see URL below).  Have any of you experienced and/or been able to resolve this problem?  Thanks in advance.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;830040
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That's not what this says.  You can create a playlist that basically lists the presentations to play and the order to play them: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827766

Command Line switches must be run from the command line.

PowerPoint Viewer 2003 Command Line Switches
The PowerPoint 2003 viewer supports a different set of command line switches than the older PowerPoint 97 viewer did.


Command line switches for PowerPoint Viewer 2003:

/L -- Read a playlist of files contained within a text file (see below). Example: \pptview.exe /L "Playlist.txt"
/S -- Start without splash screen.
/P -- Print the presentation. Example: \pptview.exe /P "Presentation.ppt"
/D -- Prompt the Open dialog box to appear when slide show ends.
/N# -- Open presentation at a specified slide number "#". Example: /pptview.exe /n5 "presentation.ppt" would open at slide 5.

The playlist file is simply a list of presentation filenames (preceded by path as needed). PowerPoint plays these files in the order given in the file. You can't use command line switches within the playlist.


Features no longer supported include:

Loop continuously switch. Each presentation will loop or not loop depending on how it was saved by the author (set up show dialog) this includes not being able to loop/repeat the contents of a playlist (the contents of a playlist are shown just once).
Kiosk password dialog switch. Viewer will display presentations in kiosk mode if specified by presentation author (set up show dialog) but you cannot specify a kiosk slide show password that prevents stopping of show without entering a password.
Cannot specify a slide range to show. Viewer will display the range of slides specified by the author (set up show dialog).
Force automatic advancing of slides. Viewer will automatically advance slides if timings and slide show settings have been specified appropriately by the author (set up show dialog)
Virus protection warnings cannot be enabled/disabled by choice.
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Thanks for your quick response.  However, it does state in the KB that you reference about that playlist embedded playlists are supported by both Power Point Viewer 2003 and 2007.  The issue is that our top level playlist plays Power Point presentations just find.  However, the last item in the playlist is a reference to a  playlist file and when Power Point Viewer gets to that item it errors out saying "Power Point Viewer cannot open the file list.lst because the file is not a Power Point file.".

3.      For PowerPoint Viewer 2003, save the file together with the .lst file name extension.

For PowerPoint Viewer 2007, save the file together with the .txt file name extension.

D:\LIST2.lst      ; is located. One playlist file can reference another playlist file.
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Is the second playlist in the same folder as the first playlist?  If not, did you reference the full path name to the second playlist file?  Are there any spaces or special characters in the full path name to the second playlist file?
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by:krakorar
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Hello,

Is the second playlist in the same folder as the first playlist?  Yes

If not, did you reference the full path name to the second playlist file?  N/A

Are there any spaces or special characters in the full path name to the second playlist file? No

I am at wits end.  Have you been able to get this to work with Power Point Viewer 2003?

Best Regards,

Rob
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by:GlennaShaw
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Sorry, I've never tried to jump to a second playlist.  Is there a reason you don't combine the two?
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by:krakorar
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Hello again,

Basically we want the list to "loop on itself".  It references itself and therefore should loop.  We have also tried going to a second playlist with the same content as the first but that does not work either.

Best Regards,

Rob
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PowerPoint 2003 viewer removed the looping playlist option, try this alternative:
http://www.awesomebackgrounds.com/powerpointlooping.htm
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by:krakorar
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Hello,

I found the same link earlier and I was going to give it a go and then I saw this at the bottom:

The following assumptions were made for this tutorial:

    * You are using powerpoint 2002 (aka XP) or above. Powerpoint versions 97 2000 looping tutorial
    * All your presentations should have the page size set to "on-screen".
    * You have your presentations already made.
    * You can put your presentations in any folder you like, but to be on the safe side it's best if you replicate the directory structure on any computer you transfer the presentations to.
    * You can use filenames longer than the 8.3 convention

I am using PowerPoint 2003 and PowerPoint 2003 Viewer.  Thanks so much for your hard work, I really appreciated it.

Best Regards,

Rob
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by:krakorar
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Hello,

'Loop until ESC' works for a single PPT but I have a list of PPTs that need to be looped through provided by third parties.  I have doubled the points...;-)

Best Regards,

Rob
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by:GlennaShaw
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You're fine to use the tutorial as designed.  Just don't embed the presentations, make sure you link them.
However, here's a pretty cool alternative that I really like because you can put more than PowerPoint in your playlists.
http://www.freepath.com/
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by:krakorar
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Hello,

I ran into Freepath yesterday when I was searching for a solution and it is very cool.  In regards to the first solution, the only wrinkle I see is the fact the the first slide is repeated between each linked presentation.

For each linked powerpoint presentation you must add the "common" slide as the first and last slide. So powerpoint will display the same slide when it jumps from each linked presentation and back to the "show01.ppt" presentation.

Best Regards,

Rob
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Make the linking slide solid black and use a fade transition on the first slide of the presentations.  That way you shouldn't need the common slide added to your presentations.
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