BrainStorm comes with a PowerPoint macro called PPT2TAB. This converts the textual content of slides into a tabbed outline which can be read by a variety of programs, including BrainStorm. Of course.
On Windows XP, it goes here:
[Drive:]/documents and settings/[user]/Application data/Microsoft/AddIns/
You will probably have to lower your security settings before you can install an AddIn. Once in, you can set it back again.
Open an empty PowerPoint presentation and go to Tools/Add-Ins/ then click on Add New and navigate to PPT2TAB.ppa
A new button will appear. It might show a lightning flash icon or it might read PPT2TAB. With your PowerPoint file open, just click on the button, tell the program where you want the output file to be stored, press OK, and you're all done.
Then, in BrainStorm, select File/Open, choose 'All file types' and browse to the file you just saved.
Getting slide notes out of PowerPoint is somewhat less easy. The workaround we use is to use Send to Word to put the PowerPoint and notes into Word, using links for the graphics.
The result is a Word version of the presentation with smallish images.
Split your screen between Word and BrainStorm, switch on Magic paste and simply promote each slide name in BrainStorm, then select and copy the notes from the Word document.
tips and hints on using BrainStorm with other programs
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