For grabbing the file I would use scp (from OpenSSH
I don't know if there is a Perl module for interfacing with it,
As for manipulating the file... well, as others have said,
this sounds like a though problem. I know you may be forced
to using powerpoint, but here goes another alternative:
MagicPoint. I have not
used it, but the screenshots look good, and they say their
format is text-based, so that would be ideal for manipulation
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