Power Point Dias Autoplayer
This script turns your windows pc with a powerpoint installation, into a client machine that downloads and plays pptx diasshows from a network drive.
The script can be downloaded below as a single file, which is tested with a python 2.6 and 2.7 installation
Why I made this:
My girlfriend was asked to do a powerpoint based info screen system on a school. They had chosen powerpoint for creating daily information slides as the users was familiar with powerpoint. They wanted to be able to include video, and other standard powerpoint features, and was promised that the bought info screens could load and show powerpoint slides from the build in web export feature.
Still I had to admit, that when I ran it in IE, it showed up nicely, and played the dias slideshow... However, the embedded media files did not start automatically, as I expected from the powerpoint animations..
The embedded videos could only be played manually by clicking them in the browser. So much for an automatic playback of the slides. It did offcourse work when I played the slideshow within powerpoint..
I decided there was now only 3 options:
- forget it, and let the school deal with it
- get powerpoint to automatically load the file and start it
Analysis of the problem:
While this script is not a production ready script, it still had to posees some robustness features towards network problems. The first thing I did was to analyse how much robustness I wanted. For this I created a small diagram of which actions I wanted covered. (I like flowcharts for vizualisation of ideas, so I chose a flowchart like diagram)