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Embedding files

Post by Jon Polish » Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:17 pm

I want to embed files in my presentation so that I can distribute it to others for viewing. The presentation is fine, but others cannot open the embedded files by double clicking. Shouldn't this be possible?

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Re: Embedding files

Post by sven-l » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:15 pm

What kind of files do you want to embed? Video files? Sound files?
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Re: Embedding files

Post by Jon Polish » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:44 pm

PDFs. I would also like to embed some Excel and Word files.

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Re: Embedding files

Post by martin-k » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:27 pm

When you embed an object, I assume you do that by inserting that as an OLE object.

Double-clicking opens the application that created the object. But for that, that application must be installed on the PC on which you do the double-clicking. That's the way OLE works.
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Re: Embedding files

Post by Jon Polish » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:15 pm

Right. I know this and I am embedding an OLE object. This works in other programs on my computer, but not with Presentations. When testing it on my computer, double clicking the object will open the file. On other computers with the supporting program installed, it does not work. So I am wondering why this should be. Does Presentations treat the object as a link and when the link is broken, it fails to open? By the way, it is not embedded as a link.

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Re: Embedding files

Post by jimjutte » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:54 pm

Hi Jon,

I just tried to duplicate what you are running into. Can you confirm that you are actually able to embed the file that is causing troubles. I noticed that if a pdf has security on it, it cannot even be embedded never mind opened. However, if the security is removed, I was able to embed and subsequently open the file. Does any of this seem similar to you?
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Re: Embedding files

Post by Jon Polish » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:37 pm

Hi Jim:

Thank you for helping. No, there is no security for any of the pdfs. They appear to be embedded (OLE object frame) and work well as long as the presentation remains on my laptop. The images of the pdfs are visible. Once distributed to others the images remain but the file cannot be opened. It is almost as if the file was linked and once off my laptop, the link is broken. But I did not link the files. I embedded them.

Because of this problem I had to use LibreOffice to create the presentation. The embedded files worked perfectly.

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Re: Embedding files

Post by jimjutte » Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:22 pm

Hi Jon,

If these aren't sensitive files, is there a possibility of uploading one so I can see if I (and/or tech support) can duplicate the problem?
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Re: Embedding files

Post by Jon Polish » Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:18 pm

They contain medical information. While the patients are not identified, I cannot share the file. However, if time permits perhaps a dummy file can be created. Give me some time.

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Re: Embedding files

Post by jimjutte » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:14 am

That could work.
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