PowerPoint Automation and Saving as HTML RRS feed

  • Question

  • Up until Office 2010, our application could save a PPT or PPTX file as HTML from C/C++ code.  With 2013, this is failing:

    int saveAsHTML(CComPtr<PowerPoint::_Presentation> presentation, TCHAR *destDir, TCHAR *imagePrefix)
        CComPtr<PowerPoint::WebOptions> webOptions;
        HRESULT hr = presentation->get_WebOptions(&webOptions);
        TCHAR slideName[256];
        swprintf(slideName, _T("%s%s%s.htm"), destDir, SEPARATOR, imagePrefix);
        // Save copy of file.            
        BSTR szSlideName = T2BSTR(slideName);
        hr = presentation->SaveCopyAs((BSTR)szSlideName, ppSaveAsHTML, msoFalse);
        if (hr != S_OK) return 1;            
        return 0;

    The above code works in PowerPoint 2007 & PowerPoint 2010.

    This is an abbreviated but still tested piece of code from our product.

    In 2013, the above call to get_WebOptions() is returning NULL while in previous versions it was not.  If the return is NULL, the function would have immediately returned with an error.

    The call to SaveCopyAs() is given a parameter for saving as HTML.  The return value is FFFFFFFF80048240.  I have looked this up and found this MS Support KB number 285472.  (I'd include the link but I don't want my posting delayed while my account is verified.)

    The error code is specific to PowerPoint.  The workaround mentions making the following call

    PowerPoint.Application.Visible = msoTrue

    I found this interesting since PowerPoint is visible.  I also found it interesting that our code has already been making this call:

    	CComPtr<PowerPoint::_Application> objApp;
    	HRESULT hr;
    	hr = ::CoCreateInstance( __uuidof(PowerPoint::Application), NULL, CLSCTX_LOCAL_SERVER,
            __uuidof(PowerPoint::_Application), (void**) &objApp);
    	if (hr != S_OK) {
    		errorOut(_T("CoCreateInstance"), hr, objApp, NULL);
    		return 1;
    I'd like to know if this is an existing issue with 2013, whether saving as HTML is still supported or if there are any work arounds.
    • Moved by Tony Chen CHN Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:20 AM coding related
    Monday, August 26, 2013 4:11 PM

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