Controlling PowerPoint Conversion in Document Conversion Service


The PowerPoint converter includes options to control the orientation of the slides and notes in the presentation and to configure the size of the slides. You can also control if the slides or both slides and notes in the presentation, are converted. Showing hidden slides and comments as well as how the slides and notes are displayed on each page are some of the other options available.

You can configure either a Conversion Profile, if you are calling the Command Line or .NET library from your code, or the Watch Folder service to handle the converting of PowerPoint files.

When using the settings in the steps below, PowerPoint presentations will be converted with:

  • all slides, including hidden slides, fit to a Letter-sized page
  • a thin frame around the border of each slide
  • notes and comments included with the slides

Steps For Controlling PowerPoint Conversion using Watch Folder

  1. Stop Watch Folder Service. (Start – Programs – Document Conversion Service 3.0 – Watch Folder – Stop Watch Folder Service)
  2. Open Watch Folder configuration file. (Start – Programs – Document Conversion Service 3.0 – Watch Folder – Configure Watch Folder Settings)
  3. Add the following lines to the WatchFolder section you are using. This example, we are adding the lines to the ConvertToTIFF section:

    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PageSetup.SlideSize” Value=”SlideSizeLetterPaper”/>
    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.FitToPage” Value=”True”/>
    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.FrameSlides” Value=”True”/>
    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.PrintComments” Value=”True”/>
    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.OutputType” Value=”PrintOutputNotesPages”/>
    • For a complete list of settings and values, see PowerPoint Converter Options in the User Guide.
    <WatchFolder Name="ConvertToTIFF Watch Folder">
      <Settings>
        <!-- Folder options -->
        <add Name="InputFolder" Value="C:\PEERNET\WatchFolders\ConvertToTIFF\Input"/>
        <add Name="SearchFilter" Value="*.*"/>
        <add Name="IncludeSubFolders" Value="True"/>
        <add Name="DeleteInputSubFolders" Value="True"/>
        <add Name="StagingFolder" Value="C:\PEERNET\WatchFolders\ConvertToTIFF\Staging"/>
        <add Name="WorkingFolder" Value="C:\PEERNET\WatchFolders\ConvertToTIFF\Working"/>
        <add Name="FailedFolder" Value="C:\PEERNET\WatchFolders\ConvertToTIFF\Failed"/>
        <add Name="CompletedFolder" Value="C:\PEERNET\WatchFolders\ConvertToTIFF\Completed"/>
        <add Name="OutputFolder" Value="C:\PEERNET\WatchFolders\ConvertToTIFF\Output"/>
        <add Name="PollingInterval" Value="15000"/>
        <add Name="DCOMComputerName" Value="localhost"/>
        <add Name="TestMode" Value="false"/>
        <add Name="NormalizeFilenames" Value="false"/>
        <add Name="CopyInstructionsFromResources" Value="ReadMe_ConvertToTIFF"/>
    
        <!-- 0 means no limit -->
        <add Name="Polling.MaxFilesToProcessAtATime" Value="0" />
        <add Name="Polling.SynchronousFilePickup" Value="false" />
        <add Name="UseTimeDateSubFoldersInCompletedFolder" Value="true" />
        <add Name="UseTimeDateSubFoldersInFailedFolder" Value="true" />
    
        <!--PowerPoint Specific options -->
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PageSetup.SlideSize" Value="SlideSizeLetterPaper"/>
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.FitToPage" Value="True"/>
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.FrameSlides" Value="True"/>
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.PrintComments" Value="True"/>
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.OutputType"
             Value="PrintOutputNotesPages"/>
    
        <!-- Output file options -->
        <add Name="Devmode settings;Resolution" Value="300"/>
    
        <add Name="Save;Output File Format" Value="TIFF Multipaged"/>
        <!-- Replace the above with this to create serialized images. -->
        <!-- <add Name="Save;Output File Format" Value="TIFF Serialized"/> -->
    
        <add Name="Save;Append" Value="0"/>
        <add Name="Save;Color reduction" Value="Optimal"/>
        <add Name="Save;Dithering method" Value="Halftone"/>
    
        <!-- This creates file.ext.tif, change to 1 to create file.tif-->
        <add Name="Save;Remove filename extension" Value="0" />
    
        <add Name="TIFF File Format;BW compression" Value="Group4"/>
        <add Name="TIFF File Format;Color compression" Value="LZW RGB"/>
        <add Name="TIFF File Format;Indexed compression" Value="LZW"/>
        <add Name="TIFF File Format;Greyscale compression" Value="LZW"/>
        <add Name="JPEG File Format;Color compression" Value="Medium Quality"/>
        <add Name="JPEG File Format;Greyscale compression" Value="High Quality"/>
      </Settings>
    </WatchFolder>  
  4. Save the Watch Folder configuration file.
  5. Start the Watch Folder Service. (Start – Programs – Document Conversion Service 3.0 – Watch Folder – Start Watch Folder Service)

Steps For Controlling PowerPoint Conversion Using a Profile

  1. Stop your application.
  2. Open Profiles folder. (Start – Programs – Document Conversion Service 3.0 – Open Conversion Profiles Folder)
  3. Edit the profile you are using in the Command Line or .NET library call.
  4. Add the following lines:

    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PageSetup.SlideSize” Value=”SlideSizeLetterPaper”/>
    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.FitToPage” Value=”True”/>
    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.FrameSlides” Value=”True”/>
    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.PrintComments” Value=”True”/>
    • <add Name=”Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.OutputType” Value=”PrintOutputNotesPages”/>
    • For a complete list of settings and values, see PowerPoint Converter Options in the User Guide.
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <Profile Type="0"
                DisplayName="TIFF 200dpi Optimized Color"
                Description ="PowerPoint with Notes, Comments and Hidden Slides">
      <Settings>
    
        <!--PowerPoint Specific options -->
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PageSetup.SlideSize" Value="SlideSizeLetterPaper"/>
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.FitToPage" Value="True"/>
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.FrameSlides" Value="True"/>
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.PrintComments" Value="True"/>
        <add Name="Microsoft.PowerPoint.PrintOptions.OutputType"
             Value="PrintOutputNotesPages"/>
    
        <!-- Output file options -->
        <add Name="Devmode settings;Resolution" Value="200"/>
        <add Name="Save;Output File Format" Value="TIFF Multipaged"/>
        <add Name="Save;Append" Value="0"/>
        <add Name="Save;Color reduction" Value="Optimal"/>
        <add Name="Save;Dithering method" Value="Halftone"/>
    
        <!-- TIFF Compression Options -->
        <add Name="TIFF File Format;BW compression" Value="Group4"/>
        <add Name="TIFF File Format;Color compression" Value="LZW RGB"/>
        <add Name="TIFF File Format;Indexed compression" Value="LZW"/>
        <add Name="TIFF File Format;Greyscale compression" Value="LZW"/>
        <add Name="JPEG File Format;Color compression" Value="Medium Quality"/>
        <add Name="JPEG File Format;Greyscale compression" Value="High Quality"/>
        <add Name="Image Options;Fax" Value="0"/>
    
      </Settings>
    </Profile>
  5. Save the profile.