Quick Tip: PowerPoint in the UPK Player
By Marc Santosusso-Oracle on Sep 04, 2009
If you're reading this, I'm sure you know that Oracle UPK allows you to leverage existing content (created in other applications) by attaching the content to the concept pane, bubble hyperlinks, web page hyperlinks, etc. One file type which is often attached to UPK content is Microsoft PowerPoint. Since the UPK Player is launched in a web browser, these PowerPoint attachments are also being launched through the web browser, which can lead to a different user experiences based on the way the user's browser is configured.
Launching Microsoft PowerPoint files in a web browser has inspired a lot of discussions on the internet. These discussions are valuable to those of you who have decided to include Microsoft PowetPoint files in UPK content, so I'd like to share with you a web page which offers a lot of information about this topic:
http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00189.htm -- this web page has a good overview of the various challenges with deploying PowerPoint files through the web browser and the options available to address these challenges.
If you cannot find a viable solution for delivering Microsoft PowerPoint files as UPK attachments, you can always save your presentations as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. While PDF files can also behave differently depending on the user's software and configuration, there seem to be less variables to worry about.
What types of content do you attach in UPK? What challenges have you encountered and how have you resolved them? Let us know in the comments.