Slidewise category explanation

Using the Slidewise content navigator in the task pane shows each object grouped by content-type. This article explains each content-type in more detail.

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Fonts

This section allows you to review and manage fonts, font embedding and font replacement.

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  1. Expand the Fonts node you will see each of the fonts used within the presentation and their size. To the right of the category title, you can also see the current state of the Font Embedding.
  2. Expand a Font name to reveal which object(s) are using the font
  3. Double-click on the object to jump to the object using the font.
  4. Manage the Embedding and Switch between Not embedded, Fully embedded or a Subset of each font.
  5. Replace a font with another font in the menu option to the right of each font name.

Images

The images section contains a breakdown of each type of image contained within the presentation. 

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By expanding the Slidewise tree node it is possible to explore each file type and see each individual image along with their size. Images can have multiple object references meaning that PowerPoint its using one instance of the image in multiple places, as seen in the above example.
Use Slidewise to jump to the images by double-clicking an instance of an image in the task pane.

Embedded Chart Data

When a Powerpoint presentation contains one or more charts it will create or embed the entire Excel Spreadsheet that has the underlying chart source data. Slidewise enables the user to explore the charts and their embedded data. 


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PowerPoint will not embed linked documents but will embed the full excel chart in the following cases:

  • Creating a chart from within PowerPoint (creates excel file and embeds it)
  • Copying a cart from another Office file source (all pasting options except pasting as an image)

Use Slidewise to identify embedded Excel files and jump to the Chart that displays the underlying data.

Embedded Objects

Slidewise will reveal all of the embedded objects within the presentation. It can distinguish all of the types of objects that PowerPoint allows to be embedded and any generic 'Package' file objects.

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Slidewise can help you locate the object in the presentation and jump to it by double-clicking on the object in the Slidewise task pane.

It is worth noting that each embedded object has a picture representation; even if you embed the object as an icon. Once you have jumped to the object see the Slidewise inspector to identify the image that has been added to represent the object.

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Audio

This section uncovers all the audio content embedded within the presentation. It is possible to drill down to individual Audio content and then double-click to jump to each audio content.

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Video

Inserted videos can be seen within Slidewise's task pane. It groups them according to their file formats and shows you the size of both the file format category and each individual file.

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To locate the video file just double-click in the task pane to jump to the object.

Other

Thumbnail

Within PowerPoint's advanced properties menu, it is possible to let PowerPoint create a thumbnail of the content on Slide1 of the presentation for use in Windows Explorer. Selecting the option Save preview picture will then show the thumbnail image instead of the default Powerpoint icon for the file in Windows Explorer.

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Slidewise allows you to see the space taken by the thumbnail in the file.

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Hidden data

Hidden as the name suggests this category contains information that is invisible to the user. In this category we have grouped the following:

1. Custom XML data

PowerPoint includes the ability to extend its functionality and can allow 3rd party add-ins or content makers to add their own functions to a presentation. This functionality is written in the form of XML and can usually be seen in the advanced properties dialog's Custom tab.

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2. Revision tracking data

In some versions of PowerPoint, it is possible to track changes made to the presentation by other users. This information is collected in an underlying XML file and the corresponding size of the file is shown here.

Unidentified

Slidewise cannot currently identify content listed in this category. If you have a file that has content listed here we would love you to contact us and share the file.

Document structure

PowerPoint uses XML files to describe how the document and its content are structured. The longer and more complex the file becomes the greater the size of the document structure.

Zip Overhead

PowerPoint files are actually constructed of a series of files contained within a zip file. When content is zipped (collected and compressed) it will become smaller. This category is included to ensure that Slidewise reports the same total size of the file that Windows Explorer reports.
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