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Thread: Extand and access the internat Microsoft Office object struc

  1. #1
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    Oct 2002



    How to extand and access the internat Office object structure.
    Is there any Dev Kit for Microsoft Partners that in not available to "normal" users?
    Something like NOKIA back entrence!?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2002



    We are currently struggling with a problem of extending Microsoft PowerPoint (PP) freehand line functionality.

    Here is our objective:
    Imagine you have a brush in your hand and you are drawing a line. You can easily change the thickness of this
    line while drawing by controlling the pressure on the paper. So after you drew it the line has many different
    thicknesses in it depending on how many times you changed the pressure while drawing. Back to PP…
    We need something like a freehand line, but the output will not just be a line that has the same thickness on
    the whole length of it. The thickness varies depending on some logic (black box) that is implemented by our
    algorithm. Image you inherit from “freehand line” object and extend it by characteristics described in the brush
    example (different thicknesses contained by one continuous line). We need something that behaves the same way
    when you scale it (zoom) like lines in PP do. That means that the thickness of line is not affected by scaling,
    opposite to objects in PP, which change their shapes while scaling.
    We have written our own OLE server, which creates such line, but when we copy it into PP it becomes an object
    that does not scale like a line - it changes its shape while scaling.

    We think that one of possible directions could be to find out the structure and format of all possible object
    types supported by MS Office (Lines, Shapes, objects, etc). Examine them and find the one that has the closest
    match to our requirements. Then inherit from it, extend it and introduce it SOMEHOW to PP as a new custom drawing
    object type/class. We have not found any information on types and formats or the possibility to extend the standard
    graphical office objects types by custom graphical objects. Maybe if you spent a lot of $$ on MS Certificates and
    you have a certain level of support this information and appropriate framework is accessible to you?

    We think that this problem requires a real expert in MS Office Area therefore we post it here.

    Any help will be gratefully appreciated.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2002



    I see no one can't help me.

    whom can I ask at Microsoft?
    can you give me some tips? some email addresses of people at Microsoft?




    PS.: You can also email me the information [email protected]

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2002


    First of all, I can't help you with this since it's been some time since I used any part of M$ Office and now use

    Secondly, you may need to wait more than a minute to get a response. I'm not surprised no one responded to your first post, because quite frankly it didn't make much sense. Now that you've done a much better job of explaining what you want, you might get a decent reply fairly soon.

    However, if you are impatient, you can go go to M$'s Office website and see if that has the information you seek.
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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