Request for Feature to Convert LaTeX PDF to Editable PowerPoint

SUPRIYA MANDAL anisupriya2002 at
Sun Mar 17 22:47:22 CET 2024

Thank you for the information.

On Mon, 18 Mar, 2024, 3:12 am Zdenek Wagner, <zdenek.wagner at>

> Hi,
> 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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