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Protect Updates and Revision History

Protect Updates

Protect is a work in progress. We're constantly improving it and adding new features. This Revision History lists the changes we've made lately.

You can always update your current copy of Protect to the most recent version at no charge.

To update, visit the Downloads page, follow the instructions there to download and install the latest version. That will update Protect automatically. You do not need to uninstall Protect first or re-enter any registration information. Just run the installer and you're updated, whether you have a demo or fully registered version.

Revisions are listed by date, most recent changes first.

Revisions that affect all PPTools add-ins

August 2010

The Help dialog now has an "Edit PPTools.INI" button you can click to launch PPTools.INI in Notepad. No more chasing all over your hard drive to find the silly thing when you need to edit it.

There's also a bit of text at the bottom of the Help dialog box that tells you where your PPTools add-ins are installed. If you click the text, it opens the folder in Windows Explorer.

March 2010 August 2011 Changes to HTML round-tripping in all add-ins that support it (PPT2HTML, Protect, ImageExporter, StarterSet etc.)

Protect Revision Log

27 Oct, 2010

Fixed: Bug that caused slide numbers to disappear in images exported from PPT 2007 and later.

21 May, 2009

Normally, Protect exports images at higher resolution than needed, then downsamples them to final resolution before using them in your Protected presentation. This makes the images, particularly the text, look much better than it normally would.

However, it means that the images are less compressible, which in turn makes your final Protected PPT file larger. If you want the smallest possible Protected files and can live with sometimes-jaggy text, add this to the [Protect] section of PPTools.INI:

; Optionally disable resampling

3 Mar, 2009

Protect now deletes content from masters when it Protects presentations.

19 Feb, 2009

When certain shadow settings are set as default, inserted pictures turn into colored boxes. Protect now checks for these shadow settings and removes them when it inserts images of your slides.

03 Jan, 2009

Fixed bug that caused slide numbers to move slightly in exported images

16 Dec, 2007

Added special case code to handle bugs in image exports from PPT 2007 SP1

October 2007

We've given you the ability to control the compression level applied to JPGs exported from Protect. If your Protect-ed files are too large, you can now choose JPG exports instead of the default PNG files, and you can choose the compression level that suits your needs.

Use Notepad to open the PPTools.INI file in your PPTools folder. Locate the line that reads: [Protect] and add two lines directly after. It should look like this:

; followed by whatever was already there in the file ...

The FileFormat=JPG line tells Protect to use JPG images instead of its default PNG images.

JPGCompressionLevel sets the amount of compression on a scale from 1 to 100.

Higher numbers give higher quality but larger images.
Lower numbers give lower quality but smaller images.

The default JPGCompressionLevel is 90 (that's what you'll get if the FileFormat is JPG but no JPGCompressionLevel is specified). You'll need to do a little experimenting to determine the best level for your presentation. Shows with lots of small text, will require a higher number than shows with just photo-type images.

September 2007

Protect (along with PPT2HTML and ImageExport) uses a new method for creating images that solves the "dog-chewed text" problem that PowerPoint 2002 introduced, and that still plagues PowerPoint 2003 and 2007.

Protect now detects these problem PPT versions and automatically exports images at higher resolution than requested, then automatically downsamples them to the final needed resolution. This results in MUCH better looking images.

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