Convert Powerpoint to Text/HTML from the command line
Posted on 2008-10-25
I didn't know quite how to categorise this question as it's an odd one, so apologies if I've added it to the wrong category. And if I have please point me to the correct category so I can ask the question again.
I have been using catppt in batch files to extract text from powerpoint files on my Windows 2003 server. It works fine EXCEPT there seems to be a bug in it and the -b option which is supposed to allow you to specify a character string to be placed at the end of each slide is unrecognised and the default operation of entering a formfeed character doesn't work either.
Up until now it's been OK because I have only been cataloguing the text for searching purposes. However I've just been handed a new project for creating a text preview for these files and of course I've no way of splitting the text into separate slides.
I've been googling for a couple of days on the subject and have drawn a complete blank. There are plenty of solutions for doing it in the windows GUI but not at the command line. So I thought I would throw it open to the experts.
Does anyone know of a command line DOS/Windows programme which can extract text or HTML from a Powerpoint file?
500 points as ever :-)