PowerPoint and PHP for Developers

You can create PowerPoint files on the fly using PHP and other programming languages. If you are a developer interested to work with PowerPoint files on the fly, then this PowerPoint PHP library may be really helpful.

PHP PowerPoint project provides a set of classes for the PHP programming language, which allow the user to write on and read from different file formats including PowerPoint 2007 or higher. The project is built around Microsoft’s OpenXML standard and PHP.

You can also work with PHP and PowerPoint presentation settings like meta data (PowerPoint author, title, description, etc.) as well as other slide features for example: adding slides with PHP in PowerPoint, adding images to your presentation and much more.

The classes PHP for PowerPoint are  in memory representation of the presentation object and it is written to an output pptx file using an extensible writer system. Currently it is only supporting PPTX writer so the output files are compatible with at least  Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or MS PowerPoint 2010 templates versions.

The requirements to use this library in PHP are:

  • PHP version 5.2 or higher
  • PHP extension php_zip enabled
  • PHP extension php_xml enabled
  • PHP extension php_gd2 enabled

It is definitely a great resource for software and web developers who are interested to deal with PowerPoint files using the OpenXML standard and PHP.