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17 Oracle BI Publisher PowerPoint Output in Release

This chapter describes a feature of BI Publisher that was introduced in Release and that applies to Releases through Information about this feature is also provided in the BI Publisher documentation set that has been updated for Release

Release adds support for Microsoft PowerPoint output. This support enables you to get report data into your key business presentations.

In this initial version of this functionality, the PowerPoint document that is generated is a simple export of the formatted data and charts to PowerPoint. A future release provides more sophisticated integration that allows for direct embedding and refreshing from within PowerPoint.

This chapter includes the following sections:

17.1 Supported Versions of PowerPoint

The supported versions of PowerPoint are:

17.2 Configuring Fonts for BI Publisher Server

Support for PowerPoint output does not include the font fallback mechanism that is used for other types of output in BI Publisher. On the BI Publisher server, you must configure each font that is used in the RTF template for generating PowerPoint output. You must copy these fonts to the BI Publisher Server and define the Font Mappings for RTF templates. These tasks can be done for the entire system or for individual reports.

See Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Report Designer's Guide section "Defining Font Mappings" for more details:

17.3 Configuring Fonts for BI Publisher Template Builder

To correctly preview PowerPoint output that uses non-English or nonstandard fonts, you must define the fonts in the BI Publisher configuration file. This configuration file is called xdo.cfg and is typically found in the following location:

C:\Oracle\BI Publisher\BI Publisher Desktop\Template Builder for Word\config\

Note that if you have not used this file yet, you might find the file "xdo example.cfg" instead. This file must be saved with an encoding of UTF-8 and provide a full and absolute path for each font defined. Otherwise, you might encounter issues such as characters overlays and wrapping that does not work.

To summarize, if you are using a font that is not defined in xdo.cfg it might not display correctly in the generated Microsoft Office PowerPoint file. To correct this situation:

  1. Add these font items into the xdo.cfg file, and specify the absolute path of the font files locations.

  2. Save the xdo.cfg file in UTF-8 format.

  3. Ensure that all the fonts used in the template file are defined correctly in the xdo.cfg file.

The following figure shows an example of a xdo.cfg file:

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17.4 Usage and Limitations

PowerPoint output is supported for RTF templates. See the Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Report Designer's Guide section "Creating an RTF Template" for details on how to create an RTF template.

Adhere to the following guidelines to effectively use the templates for PowerPoint:

Once you have uploaded an RTF template to a report, you have the option to determine if PowerPoint is a suitable output format for the template by selecting the Limit Output Format to button and selecting or deselecting the box next to Powerpoint. See the following figure.

This image is an example of the Layout dialog.

You can then set the output to PowerPoint when viewing the report.

This image is an example of the Powerpoint option.