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Zoom in PowerPoint via AppleScript Apps
While we are all waiting to find out if Keynote 2 really can replace PowerPoint, here is a collection of AppleScripts that meets a sore need: the ability to zoom with the + and - keys.

Interestingly, Office 2004 (and this only works with version 2004!) has a rather good, if ill-described, AppleScript dictionary. Place the attached scripts somewhere, and activate them using something like Butler with hot keys of your choice. If you, like me, want to use command-plus to zoom in, and command-minus to zoom out, make sure you restrict this hot key to PowerPoint and Word -- yes it works in Word too, but with another syntax.

All three scripts are stored in this one file, with comments to split them apart. Copy and paste each into a new script editor document, and then save each one in a safe spot.

[robg adds: I tested these with Butler and PowerPoint, and they work as described. Just save each as an AppleScript, then add a new Butler command to open a file, assign them shortcuts, and use the Options pop-up to restrict them to PowerPoint. Make sure the "open with" pop-up for each is set to "Execute AppleScript." Also, it should be pointed out that if you have a scroll wheel mouse, you can also use the wheel and the Control key to zoom Word documents. And with the release of PowerPoint 2004 (I believe), this same trick now works in PowerPoint as well. Quit a bit simpler than the AppleScript solution detailed here, but for those who haven't invested in a scrolling mouse, these scripts do work, and quite nicely.]
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Zoom in PowerPoint via AppleScript
Authored by: Wikinator on Jan 24, '05 01:18:27PM

where's the script-file? i gotten an error, when i follow the link.



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Zoom in PowerPoint via AppleScript
Authored by: DeltaTee on Jan 24, '05 01:41:43PM
To help prevent this in the the future, the Script Editor's URL Protocol Support could be used to encode the script inline.

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Zoom in PowerPoint via AppleScript
Authored by: robg on Jan 24, '05 02:00:57PM

1) I had a typo in the URL; it's fixed now. Sorry about that.

2) The URL encoder isn't perfect. And it has some issues with Geeklog. The 'not perfect' part is that it doesn't handle high-ASCII well, so things like the AppleScript line-break character cause the encoder to break. The second problem is that sometimes, for some reason I can't fathom, the encoded scripts will simply not work here as URLs. They are accepted on the form, but then the link completely vanishes in Preview mode. In short, I'd love to use encoded scripts, but a couple of things make it impossible...

-rob.



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Zoom in PowerPoint via AppleScript
Authored by: Wikinator on Jan 24, '05 02:02:50PM

I have already the script-editor, but the script ppttext.txt or somethink like this is imho not on this server, then the link don't leads my to the download fo this file.



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Zoom in PowerPoint via AppleScript
Authored by: Wikinator on Jan 24, '05 02:05:37PM

ok, i have founded this file



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Zoom in PowerPoint via AppleScript
Authored by: wsdr on Jan 24, '05 02:37:09PM

Hey, why not use Universal Access for the zooming feature? Turn it on in System Preferences and zoom in with APPLE-OPTION-EQUALS (=) and out with APPLE-OPTION-MINUS (-). This has the added benefit of allowing you to pan the screen around your mouse if you like, as well as giving you increasing levels of zoom (16 I believe).



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Zoom in PowerPoint via AppleScript
Authored by: robg on Jan 24, '05 03:47:01PM

Though that's a very useful feature at times, the problem is that it zooms the whole screen. So all the PowerPoint controls, at the edges of the screen, go away.

The PowerPoint zoom zooms only the slide portion of the display.

-rob.



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