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PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010: Slide image in notes pages is low-rez / jaggy

Problem

You print or make PDFs of Notes Pages from PowerPoint 2007 and find that the text and other graphics on your slide looks jagged or low-resolution.

Manual Solution

Thanks to Rick Altman (of PPTLive fame) for this one. For each slide in the presentation:

Here's a tip that'll make this go more quickly:

Now you have two views of the same presentation. You can select and copy images from Slide Sorter and paste into Notes Page without having to switch back and forth between views.

And another:
Use the Pick Up Position and Place Exactly tools from the free PPTools Starter Set or the PPTools THOR add-in (both are free) to automatically size and position the slide images after you paste them onto the Notes Page:

Automated VBA Solution for PPT 2007 or later

Sub BetterPDFNotes()
    Dim oSl As Slide
    Dim oNewImage As Shape
    Dim oOldImage As Shape

    For Each oSl In ActivePresentation.Slides
        Call oSl.Export(ActivePresentation.Path & "\" & CStr(oSl.SlideIndex) & ".EMF", "EMF")
        Set oOldImage = NotesPageSlidePlaceholder(oSl)
        If Not oOldImage Is Nothing Then
            Set oNewImage = oSl.NotesPage.Shapes.AddPicture( _
                  ActivePresentation.Path & "\" & CStr(oSl.SlideIndex) _
                  & ".EMF", False, True, 0, 0, 200, 200)
            With oNewImage
                .Left = oOldImage.Left
                .Top = oOldImage.Top
                .height = oOldImage.height
                .width = oOldImage.width
                .Tags.Add "TempImage", "YES"
            End With
            ' and after it's all working to perfection
            ' ooldimage.Delete
            ' or just leave the original hidden there behind the EMF
        End If
    Next

End Sub

Function NotesPageSlidePlaceholder(oSl As Slide) As Shape
' Returns the slide placeholder on the notes page
    Dim oSh As Shape
    For Each oSh In oSl.NotesPage.Shapes
        If oSh.Type = msoPlaceholder Then
            If oSh.PlaceholderFormat.Type = ppPlaceholderTitle Then
                Set NotesPageSlidePlaceholder = oSh
                Exit Function
            End If
        End If
    Next
End Function

Automated VBA Solution with improvements for PPT 2010

Here's another approach suggested by mattaw2001 on Microsoft Answers in response to the above, and problems getting it to work correctly in PPT 2010. I've modified it quite a bit to suit my own way of doing things, but left mattlaw2001's improvements intact:

Sub FixUpNotePageSlideImages()

Dim lOriginalView As Long
Dim oSl As Slide
Dim oSh As Shape
Dim old_placeholder As Shape
Dim oNewSh As Shape

' Store user's original view
lOriginalView = ActiveWindow.ViewType
' Change to notespage view
ActiveWindow.ViewType = ppViewNotesPage

For Each oSl In ActivePresentation.Slides

    oSl.Copy

    ' have we already run this code?  If so, the original
    ' slide image has been replaced and tagged:
    For Each oSh In oSl.NotesPage(1).Shapes
        If Len(oSh.Tags("NEWNOTESPLACEHOLDER")) > 0 Then
            ' found it
            Set old_placeholder = oSh
            Exit For
        End If
    Next

    If old_placeholder Is Nothing Then
        ' no previously replaced shape here, so get the original
        ' slide image placeholder:
        For Each oSh In oSl.NotesPage(1).Shapes
            If oSh.Type = msoPlaceholder Then
                If oSh.PlaceholderFormat.Type = ppPlaceholderTitle Then
                    Set old_placeholder = oSh
                    Exit For
                End If

            End If
        Next
    End If

    With ActiveWindow
        .View.GotoSlide (oSl.SlideIndex)
        .View.Paste
    End With

    With ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange(1)
        .Left = old_placeholder.Left
        .Top = old_placeholder.Top
        .Width = old_placeholder.Width
        .Height = old_placeholder.Height
        .Tags.Add "NEWNOTESPLACEHOLDER", "YES"
        .Line.Weight = 1
    End With

    old_placeholder.Delete
    Set old_placeholder = Nothing

Next

' Restore original view
ActiveWindow.ViewType = lOriginalView

End Sub

mattaw2001 notes that PowerPoint will render some slide objects as bitmaps no matter what:

See How do I use VBA code in PowerPoint? to learn how to use this example code.


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PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010: Slide image in notes pages is low-rez / jaggy
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