Not sure how to edit my original post, so...
in reply to PowerPoint, Linux/Win32
One other item for Environment, both Linux and Win32 boxes have Perl 5 installed, so I am thinking it might be possible to have the user initiate a script on the Linux box, then have that call a script on the Win32 box which can then use Win32 to manipulate the PPT file.
Not at all sure how to set it up though, any Perls of Wisdom appreciated...
A monk asked his teacher,
"What did old Masters attain when they entered the ultimate stage?"
"They were like burglars sneaking into a vacant house," the teacher replied.