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Hello World with PowerPointTemplatePowerPointWriter's PowerPointTemplate approach allows you to write data to a template presentation that contains data markers. The dta markers tell PowerPointWriter where to bind specific sets of data. This tutorial will show you the basics of dynamically inserting data into a presentation using PowerPointTemplate by taking custom text from a web form textbox and inserting it into a template file.
Setting up the template file
1. Create a new .PPTX file. Save it as Hello World.pptx.
2. We are going to bind a single string value to a slide in a template file. To do this, we will first need to add a data marker to the slide where we want the value to appear.
All PowerPointWriter data markers follow the syntax %%=DataSourceName.ColumnName. In this example, we will use the data marker %%=DataSource1.DataValue to import the data into the presentation. For more information on data markers see How to use Data Markers.
Below is a screenshot of the completed template file from the Hello World sample:
3. Now the template file is done. Next is writing the code to bind the string value to the data marker.
Writing the code
1. Include the
SoftArtisans.OfficeWriter.PowerPoint namespace in the code behind.
2. Instantiate the
3. Open the template file with
PowerPointTemplate object corresponds to a single template file, so a given
PowerPointTemplate instance can only have one template file open.
4. Create a
DataBindingProperties object can be used to change the behavior of how data is imported. For example, if we were importing multiple rows of data, we can use the
DataBindingProperties.MaxRowsPerSlide property to limit the number of rows that are imported. In this sample, we won't be changing any of the import properties, but we still need the
DataBindingProperties object to bind data.
5. Get the data and create 2 arrays to hold the values and column names of the data you are importing.The column names should match the name of your data marker.
PowerPointTemplate.BindData() to bind the data to the data marker. The data source name should match the value in your data marker.
Note that we need to pass the
DataBindingProperties object, even though none of the
DataBindingProperties are active.
PowerPointTemplate.Process() to insert the data into the file
PowerPointTemplate.Process() handles everything relating to inserting the data into the file.
8. Save the output
There are several options for
PowerPointTemplate.Save including: save to disk, save to memory stream, stream back to the client inline, and stream back to the client as an attachment. In this case, we're streaming the presentation back to the client as an attachment.
Also, PowerPointWriter does not convert between file formats, so it is important that the file extension on the output file matches the file extension of the original template file.
9. Go to the web form page, PowerPointTemplate_HelloWorld.aspx, to try out the sample. In the output file, you will see that the data marker has been replaced with the custom text entered in the form.
Congratulations, you have completed Hello World for PowerPointTemplate!
You can download the code for the hello world tutorial as a Visual Studio solution.