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PowerPoint Dome Template

Version 1.1 – Released Feb 13, 2014

by Andrew Hazelden

PowerPoint Dome Template Screenshot

About the Software

The PowerPoint Dome Template provides a simple and effective way to create fulldome formatted presentations. The PowerPoint template comes with 14 “dome optimized” slide layouts. You can use the template file with Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs, and LibreOffice.

The PowerPoint template file is a 2:1 aspect ratio document that covers a 360 degree x 90 degree field of view that I call a hemi-equirectangular formatted image. If your dome projection system allows you to display panoramic imagery directly you can use the Powerpoint generated .PNG or .JPG slides without any extra image processing.

Compatibility Note: The Photoshop actions scripts included with this toolset where recorded on an English language version of Photoshop. Due to limitations in the Adobe Photoshop “Actions” system, international users who work in a foreign language localized UI version of Photoshop may have to change your language settings to English. This is due to the fact that an action script selected and runs certain tools and layer elements using the English language named items.

PowerPoint Dome Template Screenshot

Download

Version 1.1 of the PowerPoint Dome Template system is now available:

PowerPoint_Dome_Presentation_v1.1.zip (13.3 MB)

The software is available as a free download. If you find the Dome template useful you are encouraged to consider a small donation to promote further development, and pay bandwidth costs.

Exporting PowerPoint Slides

You can use PowerPoint to export your presentation to a series of JPG or PNG slides.

Step 1. Export the Slides

Start by selecting the Export menu item.

Step 2. Choose a File Type

Click on the “Change File Type” menu item and select either the PNG or JPEG option.

Export the Slides to a file

Step 3. Save the Slides to a Folder

Click the Save As button to export your slides. PowerPoint will ask you to select an output directory for the images.

Save the slides to your hard disk

Step 4. Choose What Slides to Export

To export all of the slides in your presentation choose the “All Slides” button during the save process.

Export All of the Slides


Maximizing the Export Resolution

It is possible to boost the maximum PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 or 2003 slide export resolution using the Windows Registry Editor. You can read the guide on the Microsoft support site: How to change the resolution of a slide that you export as a picture in PowerPoint.

Boosting the Export Resolution

PowerPoint Video Export

Microsoft’s PowerPoint 2013 software allows you to export your presentation to a 1440×720 resolution MPEG4 video file. The PowerPoint video export feature can export your PowerPoint shows to a video file with custom slide timing, animated transitions, and audio narrations.

To export your PowerPoint dome presentation to a video file, open the Export screen and choose “Create a Video”. Selecting the “Computer & HD Displays” option will enable the 1440x720p video format.

PowerPoint Video Export


Photoshop Action Installation

The PowerPoint Dome Template comes with a bonus Photoshop action and droplet program for converting your PowerPoint exported .PNG or .JPG slides into angular fisheye formatted “domemaster” images.

Photoshop Conversion Tools

Droplet Usage

If you have Adobe Photoshop installed on your system you can use the included droplet program called “PowerPoint to Domemaster Convert.exe” that is located in the “Conversion tools” folder. The “PowerPoint to Domemaster Convert.exe” program is run by dragging either a single image or a folder of .PNG or .JPG images onto the program icon. The droplet will start Adobe Photoshop and begin processing the images.

Droplet Tip: If you have multiple version of Photoshop installed on your system, it is a good idea to start your preferred version of Photoshop first, before you run the droplet. This will tell the droplet to use the active copy of photoshop to process your fulldome imagery.

The droplet starts with the PowerPoint exported slides in either PNG or JPEG format.
The droplet starts with rectangular images.

After the images are run throught the droplet they are converted to angular fisheye formatted domemaster images.

The droplet starts with rectangular images.

Droplet Note:

You should always run the droplet on a copy of your PowerPoint images because the droplet works by converting the original images into the domemaster projection and then saves the result by overwriting the original file.

Mac OS X Compatibility

If you are running Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9 you might have issues with Apple’s gatekeeper utility blocking the Photoshop droplet from running. You have two solutions to this problem:

Solution 1: The easiest fix is to open the System Preferences > Security and Privacy window and enable the Allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere option.

Set the System Preferences to allow applications to run from "Anywhere".

Set the System Preferences to allow applications to run from “Anywhere”.

Solution 2: The other option is to use the “Create a Droplet” chapter at the end of this article. This process will prepare a Mac formatted droplet locally on your system using your copy of Photoshop. Since your computer created the droplet, Apple’s security feature will let the droplet run.

Photoshop Actions Installation

Step 1. Open the Actions Tab

Start by opening Adobe Photoshop. Navigate to the “Window” menu, and select the “Actions” menu item.

Open the Actions Tab

Step 2. Load the actions.

Click on the Actions tab pop-up menu located at the top right of the actions tab.

Select the “Load Actions” menu item to import the actions file.

In the Load dialogue window open the folder named “Conversion Tools” and select the action files “PowerPoint Dome Conversions.atn”.

Click the Load button to open the action files. The new action will be loaded into the Actions Tab.

Conversion Actions

Step 3. Switch to Button Mode

If you want to make it easier to run the actions you can switch the Actions tab to “Button Mode”. This will make each action item a clickable button.

Click on the actions tab pop-up menu located at the top right of the actions tab.

Select the first item in the menu labeled “Button Mode”. Your view will switch from a long list into a colourful grid of labeled buttons.

Photoshop Actions Tab

To make it easier to find things, the “PowerPoint Dome Conversions” actions are coloured blue.

You now have two actions to choose from:

PowerPoint to Domemaster

Domemaster to PowerPoint

Photoshop Action Results

Here are two screenshots that show the results of running the PowerPoint Dome Conversions actions in Photoshop.

PowerPoint Exported Slide:

PowerPoint Slide

Domemaster Converted Slide:

PowerPoint to Domemaster Conversion result


Creating a Droplet

The updated PowerPoint Dome Template now includes a Mac CS6, and Windows CS2 and CS6 droplets. Here is a tip on creating your own conversion droplet if you are using a different version of Photoshop.

Step 1. Follow the instructions in the “Photoshop Actions Installation” section and load the action file “PowerPoint Dome Conversions.atn” into your copy of Photoshop.

Step 2. From the File menu, select Automate > Create Droplet…

Select the Create Droplet menu item

Step 3. The Create Droplet window will open. Click the Choose… button to pick a folder location where the droplet will be save. Give the droplet a name like “PowerPoint to Domemaster Convert”.

Choose the Powerpoint to Dome action

In the Play section of the Create Droplet window open the Set: popup menu and chose “PowerPoint Dome Conversions”. This set is only listed here if you installed the actions file “PowerPoint Dome Conversions.atn” mentioned in step 1.

In the Action: Popup menu select “PowerPoint to Domemaster”. This will tell the droplet to run the custom action that creates a domemaster formatted image when the droplet is started.

Enable the Suppress File Open Options Dialogs and Suppress Color Profile Warnings checkboxes so you don’t have to click through lots of open dialog messages when you run the droplet.

Set the Destination to Save And Close. This will tell the droplet to save the converted imagery over the original file.

Click the “OK” button to create the new droplet.

You now have a custom droplet that was created to match your exact version of Photoshop.

8 comments
  1. Hey Andrew,
    I’m trying to use this droplet however it doesn’t seem to be working. I can manually open files and click on the action button to convert the image to full dome, however draging folders over doesn’t do anything. I really appreciate any help! Thanks.

  2. Hi Tiffany.

    Thanks for trying the dome template. What version of Windows & Adobe Photoshop do you have on your system?

  3. Hi Tiffany.

    The original droplet was packaged using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

    To try and solve your Adobe Photoshop CS3 compatibility issue I’ve packaged another version of the droplet program called “PowerPoint to Domemaster Convert CS2.exe” using Adobe Photoshop CS2 that should work on your system:
    powerpoint_adobe_cs2_conversion_tools.zip

  4. Hi Paul.

    I’d be happy to help.

    I’m assuming the issue is with Photoshop running the droplet. What version of Windows are your running?

    Are you able to load the action files in Photoshop?

  5. I am using a Mac with Photoshop CS6.
    Two questions:
    1. When exporting from PowerPoint, should the image be curved already? Or does it have to go through Photoshop to create the wraparound image?
    2. Any chance of creating the Photoshop droplet for a Mac? I tried running the one you included but it says it will only work on Windows.

    Looks like a cool program though!
    Thanks!

  6. Hi Erek.

    The PowerPoint export will be a long rectangular shape. The Photoshop action and the conversion droplet will convert this format into the circular domemaster image format.

    I’ve updated the PowerPoint Dome Template to have a Mac CS6 dome conversion droplet, and I also added instructions to the readme guide so people will be able to create their own droplets for other versions of Photoshop too.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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