[R] PowerPoint graph insertion

Leif Kirschenbaum leif at reflectivity.com
Sat Sep 10 01:40:29 CEST 2005

Yes:  I have Tufte's monograph on my desk. (along with 4 statistics texts)
Yes:  I am not the biggest fan of PowerPoint.
Yes:  I am using R to generate charts, plots, trends, etc. I have to summarize them each week.

  When I consider how to organize this data my first thought is to generate an HTML file with links to the R-generated plots, which HTML file organizes the plots in the required order.
 * Each week we annotate one PowerPoint slide in the weekly presentation with action items -- we don't only use PP as a presentation tool. This is convenient, as then the action items resulting from particular data trends are associated in a single document with the plots of the data trends.
 * Other (non-R) users insert data into the weekly PP presentation: from other plotting software and images from various sources (microscope, SEM, TEM, etc.), which I cannot easily incorporate into a generated HTML file before-the-fact.
 * I'm not sure how to create an HTML file which allows one to page forward and backward through it easily, as with PowerPoint (a minor point: and there is probably a way to write HTML to respond to such)

 Can R insert plots into an existing PowerPoint presentation?
(actually, I'd copy last week's presentation and then update with new plots)

 I'll guess that it cannot, as there probably is not a Microsoft supplied interface (ODBC or otherwise) with PowerPoint as there is with Excel.

-Leif Kirschenbaum, Ph.D.
 Sr. Yield Integration Engineer (I'm a physicist)
 leif at reflectivity.com

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