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Creating a Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 Automator workflow

Today’s Office 2008 Automator workflow is a PowerPoint workflow. First, you’ll be asked to choose some photos from your Aperture, iPhoto, or Photo Booth library. Next, the workflow will create a slideshow presentation in PowerPoint. Once the presentation has been created, it will be saved to the Desktop as a QuickTime movie. You could then e-mail the slideshow movie to a friend, upload it to your Web site, import it into iTunes and convert it for your iPod or iPhone, and more.

To build the workflow, locate the following actions in Automator, drag them to the workflow area, and configure them as shown. If you have any trouble, don’t worry. You can download the completed workflow here.

1. Ask for Photos (in the Photos or iPhoto category).

2. Create PowerPoint Picture Slide Shows (in the Presentations or Microsoft PowerPoint category).

3. Select PowerPoint Slides (in the Presentations or Microsoft PowerPoint category).

4. Set PowerPoint Slide Transition Settings (in the Presentations or Microsoft PowerPoint category).

5. Convert PowerPoint Presentations to Movies (in the Presentations or Microsoft PowerPoint category).