1357289 - Export to PowerPoint 2007 does not write .ppt file or results in blank presentation

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1357289 - Export to PowerPoint 2007 does not write .ppt file or results in blank presentation

Symptom

  • Exporting to a PowerPoint slide from the Xcelsius file menu allows you to name the file and choose a save location.  The "Generating SWF" progress bar appears but the file is never written.
  • Choosing the "Send to PowerPoint" shortcut icon on the Xcelsius menu bar opens a temporary PowerPoint slide.  However, the slide contains no object and slideshow view appears blank.

Reproducing the Issue

Environment:

  • Windows Vista
  • Office 2007
  • Xcelsius 2008 Service Pack 1
  1. In Xcelsius, drag and component to the canvas
  2. Go to File>Export>PowerPoint Slide
  3. Type "Test123" as the file name and save to desktop
  4. On the Desktop, "Test123.ppt" is not found
  5. Back in Xcelsius, click the "Send to PowerPoint" shortcut icon on the top menu bar
  6. PowerPoint will open to a blank slide
  7. Press F5 on your keyboard to enter slideshow view
  8. The slide remains blank

Cause

This is caused by a security restriction in PowerPoint which is preventing access to the \Business Objects\Xcelsius\assets folder.  Access to this folder is required since this contains the "presentation1.ppt" template file, which is required for Xcelsius to embed the SWF into.

Resolution

For Xcelsisu 2008

Add the "\Business Objects\Xcelsius\assets" path as a trusted location in PowerPoint's Trust Center.  By default, this path is commonly: C:\Program Files\Business Objects\Xcelsius\assets.

  1. Open PowerPoint 2007
  2. Go to File>PowerPoint Options>Trust Center>Trust Center Settings
  3. Click on "Trusted Locations" on the left-hand menu
  4. Click on "Add new location..."
  5. Enter: C:\Program Files\Business Objects\Xcelsius\assets
  6. Click OK.

For Dashboards 4

Add the "\Business Objects\Xcelsius\assets" path as a trusted location in PowerPoint's Trust Center. By default, this path is commonly: C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\Xcelsius 4.0\assets

  1. Open PowerPoint 2007
  2. Go to File>PowerPoint Options>Trust Center>Trust Center Settings
  3. Click on "Trusted Locations" on the left-hand menu
  4. Click on "Add new location..."
  5. Enter: C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\Xcelsius 4.0\assets
  6. Click OK.

Keywords

ppt; ppt export; blank slide; PowerPoint security , KBA , BI-RA-XL , Dashboards and Presentation Design , Problem

Product

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 ; SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise 2008