Request for Feature to Convert LaTeX PDF to Editable PowerPoint

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at
Sun Mar 17 22:42:28 CET 2024


you are not on the right list TeX Live is a team whose members just
package what is available on CTAN, they are not developers of the
tools. You must ask somewhere else to create such a tool and make it
freely available on CTAN. However, I doubt that it is possible. PDF
contains the description of the page design, not the document
structure. It might be possible to use tex4ht for such task. And once
you have PowerPoint presentation, you cannot convert it back to LaTeX
with all formatting preserved. Unlike TeX, where sources are plain
text files and can live in a versioning system and many users can work
on a document at the same time, it is not possible in office software.
When I have to prepare a document together with a person using MS
Office and he/she is the mai author, I just supply the plain text and
comment the PDF if I request a modification. If I am the main author
or someone else knowing LaTeX is the main author, the document lives
on my subversion server and co-authors using MS Office just supply the
text and make comments. Another possibility is to use Google Drive.

Zdeněk Wagner

ne 17. 3. 2024 v 15:41 odesílatel SUPRIYA MANDAL
<anisupriya2002 at> napsal:
> Dear TexLive Support Team,
> I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to suggest a new feature or command that would greatly benefit users who work with LaTeX and PowerPoint presentations.
> As you may know, LaTeX is a powerful tool for creating documents and presentations. However, one limitation is the difficulty in converting LaTeX-generated PDF files back into editable PowerPoint presentations. While it is possible to convert PDFs to PowerPoint using various tools, the resulting slides often lack the original formatting and are not easily editable.
> Therefore, I would like to propose the introduction of a command or feature in TexLive that allows users to convert LaTeX-generated PDFs into original PowerPoint presentations that can be viewed and edited using LibreOffice Impress or other similar software. This feature would greatly enhance the usability of LaTeX for creating presentations, especially for those who frequently need to collaborate with others using different software.
> I believe that such a feature would be a valuable addition to TexLive and would greatly benefit the LaTeX community. Thank you for considering my suggestion, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter.
> Thanking you,

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