How can I pilot powerpoint from Matlab ?

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farzad on 5 May 2020
Commented: Rik on 5 May 2020
Hi All
how can I add the results of my analysis in matlab, mostly images saved in folders, to the pages in a powerpoint and a word file ? how much flexible is Matlab in this ?

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Rik on 5 May 2020
There are two ways I know of, neither is simple:
  1. Use ActiveX (which will be removed from Matlab in a future release and will only help you on a Windows machine)
  2. Write the compressed XML file yourself. The docx and pptx formats are just zip files with an XML backbone, so if you can figure out how Microsoft stores everything, you can create your own documents from scratch.
Rik on 5 May 2020
I haven't looked up if it is actually going to be removed, but ActiveX is starting to show its age, and as I understand it there are some security concerns. To be clear: I'm not an expert on either ActiveX or the security ramifications.
I don't know how to write .docx or .pptx files. If I did, I would probably post that on the FEX or GitHub, so I would suggest you look there.

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