I have been tasked with adopting one of our processes into Windchill and am hoping that someone might be able to help steer me in a right direction on how to accomplish this. Currently we have a presentation process in which Users create a single page PowerPoint presentation that is then used to combine with other presentations. We could have upwards of 50 single page presentations that are then combined into 1 single 50 page presentation. I know this sounds like a somewhat silly task, but it's how our process works here.
My question is, is there a way to use some sort of coding that we could implement that would be able to merge these documents in a specified order based on attributes of the document? This doesn't necessarily have to be PowerPoint, it is just what they are used to using, we may be able to use a different document type if that would be able to accomplish something similar to this. Basically as long as they can project the document on the screen in a combined fashion, I think we would accomplish our goal.
Any help or advise would be great. If it is simply not possible, we will have to find a work around, but I feel this would make life a little easier on our users and help with the adoption of this process. So any ideas that any of you might have would be great.
Thanks for your help.
My first shot (if possible) is to look whether Arbortext can be used for this (may be there is a bigger scope).
Otherwise we can use document structure.
If you have some naming convention that is followed for each individual page of presentation.
Parent (created at the end)
|->Child 1 (page 1)
|->Child 2 (page 2) etc...
Then we can go thru each child n get to the attachment and write a macro or something to get the content or insert these pages in to the Parent presentation.
This needs a customisation.
I cant think of any ootb way which will do this.
I'm running a migration so I had an hour or so to kill. In my example, you may sort inside the "allPossibleChildren" method. I just don't know what your criteria is so I couldn't help there. Also, I didn't test with complex slides.