Generate and manipulate Open XML PowerPoint (.pptx) files
VERSION: 0.2.1 (second non-alpha release)
STATUS (as of Feb 25 2013)
Second release with basic capabilities, now supporting Python 2.6 in addition to Python 2.7. Under active development, with new features added in a new release roughly every two weeks. I’m just finishing up a port of the XML manipulation to lxml.objectify to allow new features to be added more quickly, so the next release should show a significant expansion of the API.
A robust, full-featured, and well-documented general-purpose library for manipulating Open XML PowerPoint files.
- robust - High reliability driven by a comprehensive test suite.
- full-featured - Anything that the file format will allow can be accomplished via the API. (Note that visions often take some time to fulfill completely :).
- well-documented - I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to remember what I was thinking yesterday if I don’t write it down. That’s not a problem for most of my thinking, but when it comes to how I set up an object hierarchy to interact, it can be a big time-waster. So I like it when things are nicely laid out in black-and-white. Other folks seem to like that too :).
- general-purpose - Applicability to all conceivable purposes is valued over being especially well-suited to any particular purpose. Particular purposes can always be accomplished by building a wrapper library of your own. Serving general purposes from a particularized library is not so easy.
- manipulate - While this library will perhaps most commonly be used for writing .pptx files, it will also be suitable for reading .pptx files and inspecting and manipulating their contents. I could see that coming in handy for full-text indexing, removing speaker notes, changing out templates, adding dynamically generated slides to static boilerplate, that sort of thing.
Documentation is hosted on Read The Docs (readthedocs.org) at https://python-pptx.readthedocs.org/en/latest/. The documentation is now in reasonably robust shape and is being developed steadily alongside the code.
We’d love to hear from you if you like python-pptx, want a new feature, find a bug, need help using it, or just have a word of encouragement.
The mailing list for python-pptx is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The issue tracker is on github at scanny/python-pptx.
Feature requests are best broached initially on the mailing list, they can be added to the issue tracker once we’ve clarified the best approach, particularly the appropriate API signature.
python-pptx may be installed with pip if you have it available:
pip install python-pptx
It can also be installed using easy_install:
If neither pip nor easy_install is available, it can be installed manually by downloading the distribution from PyPI, unpacking the tarball, and running setup.py:
tar xvzf python-pptx-0.1.0a1.tar.gz cd python-pptx-0.1.0a1 python setup.py install
python-pptx depends on the lxml package and the Python Imaging Library (PIL). Both pip and easy_install will take care of satisfying those dependencies for you, but if you use this last method you will need to install those yourself.
- Feb 25, 2013 - v0.2.1
- Add support for Python 2.6
- Add images from a stream (e.g. StringIO) in addition to a path, allowing images retrieved from a database or network resource to be inserted without saving first.
- Expand text methods to accept unicode and UTF-8 encoded 8-bit strings.
- Fix potential install bug triggered by importing __version__ from package __init__.py file.
- Feb 10, 2013 - v0.2.0
- First non-alpha release with basic capabilities: open presentation/template or use built-in default template, add slide, set placeholder text (e.g. bullet slides), add picture, add text box.
Licensed under the MIT license. Short version: this code is copyrighted by me (Steve Canny), I give you permission to do what you want with it except remove my name from the credits. See the LICENSE file for specific terms.