Many of us used to embed the past DWF Viewer into earlier versions of Microsoft PowerPoint and it appeared that this functionality had gone lost in the process, looking at Autodesk Design Review and Microsoft PowerPoint today.
Well, it is still possible - not quite as straight forward as it used to be - but nevertheless possible.
Enclosed are the steps as well as a download link to a video, outlining a step by step description of the process.
Download the video HERE.
To activate a DWF File in PPT slide show mode please do the following :
1. Open PPT with a blank slide
2. To Fix your security settings (you only need to do this once and not every time you want to insert an ADR control):
a. Open PPT and click the Office Button in the top-left
b. Click “PowerPoint Options” in the bottom right. The options dialog will pop up
c. Click “trust Center” tab on the left. The trust center tab will open
d. Click the “trust Center Settings...” button. The settings dialog will open.
e. Click “ActiveX” settings. It will open the active tab
f. Make sure “Disable all controls without notification” radio button is NOT checked. I have the radio button “Prompt me before enabling all controls with minimal restrictions” checked
3. To show the Developer tool bar (you only need to do this once and not every time you want to insert an ADR control):
a. In the PowerPoint Options dialog, click the “Popular” tab on the left.
b. In the “Popular” tab, check the box labeled “Show Developer Tab In ribbon”
4. To Insert ADR control:
a. Click on the developer tab
b. In the “Controls” tool bar, click the “More Controls” button. It will take some time for a dialog with all registered controls to pop up
c. Scroll down and pick “Autodesk DWF Viewer Control”. If you do not see this option it means ADR is not registered on your machine.
d. Your cursor will change to a crossbar. In your slide, click and drag to draw a rectangle. When you mouse-up, the ADR control will be drawn in the rectangle.
5. To set a file on the Control:
a. Right-click the control you just created. Open the “Autodesk DWF Viewer Control Object” cascade menu and click “Properties”
b. The properties dialog will pop up and the “Source Path” tab will be open. Browse to the path of the file you want to insert in the object. Hit OK.
c. The file is now drawn in the control.
6. To activate the control
a. Run the slide show
b. Click on the control. It will activate and you can use it.
Note: The DWF file is only linked to, and a meta file is embedded in the PPT. If the DWF file doesn’t exist at the same location you defined in step 5b, you will get a warning message when opening the PPT stating there is a missing file, but the PPT will open. When you run the slide show, you will see another warn message. When you dismiss the message, you will again see the meta file but you won’t be able to activate it.