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Old 07-05-2010, 06:27 AM
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Good afternoon,

I am completely stuck on how to import my custom shapes to be viewed in the shapes library of powerpoint.

Originally I had created a selection of custom shapes from illustrator and saved them to EMP format.

As I import and ungroup them in Powerpoint 2007 they work great (change the size, colour etc) but I couldnt see a way to save them in the shapes section for future use.


I would like it so several people in the office could use my theme (background,colours, bullet points already sorted) and select these custom shapes for our branded presentations


A user from another forum told me that I had to make a custom symbol catalog, and made me follow the steps on the links below:



http://dwf.blogs.com/beyond_the_paper/2007/09/create-custom-s.html

Which I have done successfully and now have 'custom symbol catalog' in Autodesk...... But how do you get this catalog into powerpoint?? I have about 30 symbols waiting to be inserted into it..

Am I going into the wrong direction?

I would be very grateful if somebody could find the answer - thank you!

Jason
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:08 AM
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Hi there Jason,
I faced a similar problem when I was attempting to create a catalogue of images and shapes to be used in PowerPoint brand presentations, to allow my fellow workers to access a set selection of imagery that would represent the business consistently. However, I was unable to solve the issue and resorted to a PowerPoint presentation design service company called article10.com. They are able to create templates and a toolbar that enables you to have a set theme to use in all your presentations. Hope this helps!
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:18 AM
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Thank you for the quick reply Sian, however I have literally created everything for it already, I just need to know how to display all my custom images in the toolbar

Jason
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:58 PM
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I also have the same problem and was wondering if you found a solution other than outsourcing.

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Old 08-29-2014, 10:03 AM
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There's no simple way to set this. If you need it you will probably need to hire an expert xml and vba programmer.
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:27 PM
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This is not the exact solution but it may be able to work if you do not want to hire someone.
The code below John Wilson helped me with. Basically you set up all your autoshapes in a presenation and then type the name of the shape to make it appear in your current presentation. I use it all the time.

Code:
Sub customShape()
  Dim mylibrary As Presentation, osld As Slide, shapebox As String

    shapebox = InputBox("type in the shape name")
    'open library file with NO window
    Set mylibrary = Presentations.Open(Environ("USERPROFILE") &  _ 
     "\My Documents\CustomShapes.ppt", WithWindow:=False) 'make to wherever your shapes are.
    'copy shape
    mylibrary.Slides(1).Shapes(shapebox).Copy
    'paste into current slide
    ActiveWindow.View.Slide.Shapes.Paste
    'close library
    mylibrary.Close
End Sub
I also have another code that will give me a list of all the shapes in my library so in case I forget the name I can look at the possibilities.

Code:
Sub shapelist()
  Dim curlibrary As Presentation, oshp As Shape, AllShapeMsg As String, curosld As Slide
  
    Set curlibrary = Presentations.Open(Environ("USERPROFILE") & _
     "\My Documents\CustomShapes.ppt", WithWindow:=False)
    Set curosld = curlibrary.Slides(1)
    For Each oshp In curosld.Shapes
      AllShapeMsg = AllShapeMsg & oshp.Name & vbCrLf
    Next oshp
    curlibrary.Close
    MsgBox AllShapeMsg

End Sub
Not a perfect solution but FREE!!!

ps sorry for the long lines I was really new to coding back when I wrote this.

Last edited by excelledsoftware; 08-30-2014 at 03:29 PM. Reason: long lines
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:09 AM
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That's the basis you "just" need to a dynamic gallery to the ribbon which can read the images and show and insert then. If you want to tackle this try buying RibbonX Customizing the 2007 Ribbon. It explains how to do this (not simple though) The problem you will hit is that you need jpg images not shapes for the ribbon so you will need to have BOTH in the folder.

It's much easier if you never need to update the shapes easily.

We have a proof of concept demo you can download.

Close PowerPoint, run the file and then open PowerPoint. Should be obvious how it works.
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