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Posted on 2011-09-30
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I know, believe me.  This is not the correct use for Powerpoint, it is a presentation tool not a print tool.  With that said, there are many large powerpoints in our company that people are maintaining the Landscape and Portrait pages in separate files.  They print both and then put them together in the A, B kind of pattern.  These files are updated each month, so there is a new file every month with links to lots of excel spreadsheets in them.  I looked in to linking each slide in a word document and changing the orientation there, the problem is, you need to link to a specific slide using SlideID.  SlideID is not easy to find for your average user, plus if the SlideIDs change it can be a very manual process to fix 90+ links.  I would much prefer to use SlideIndex, so if they moved slides around, the second page of the Word file will always link to the first page of the landscape Powerpoint file.  I am also not keen on how large this file will be, and the possible tendency for these heavily linked files to have corruption issues.

Does anyone out there have a solution to this problem.  I am trying to get them to move to Word for this, but that will be a long process.

BTW we are on Office 2007.
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There's no way to mix Portrait and Landscape in one presentation.

This page may help with ideas though
http://www.pptalchemy.co.uk/PowerPoint_Portrait_Landscape.html
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Unfortunately they are using this type of solution currently and it is becoming quite cumbersome.  What I am looking for us a way to combine the two, maybe by linking through word?
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Just in case this helps anyone.  I ended up using Acrobat to do this.  I create two pdf files, one with the landscape pages and one with the portrait.  I found this bit of Javascript...and use it as a batch sequence, execute script.

This merges the two pdf files together, alternating the pages.
/* Merge Docs Alternate Pages */

function mergePDF() {
   var d = app.activeDocs;
   var path1 = this.path;
   var doc1P = this.numPages;
   if (d.length > 2) {
      return;
   }

   for (var i=0; i < d.length; i++) {
      if (d[i].path == path1) continue;
      var path2 = d[i].path;
      var doc2P = d[i].numPages;
   }   
   var newDoc = app.newDoc();
   for (var i = 0; i < doc1P; i++) {
      newDoc.insertPages({
         nPage: newDoc.numPages -1,
         cPath: path1,
         nStart: i,
      });   
      if (i == 0) newDoc.deletePages({nStart: 0});
      if (i > doc2P -1) return;
      newDoc.insertPages({
         nPage: newDoc.numPages -1,
         cPath: path2,
         nStart: i,
      });
   }
}
mergePDF()

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I was able to find another way to accomplish the goal.
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