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Thanks for the pointer on MagicPoint. I'll have a look at it. Hopefully it supports MS PowerPoint files, because that is the format I will get the files in - I have no choice there...

I guess what I am looking at now is:
1) Get X running ( :-/ ) and get StarOffice up and going.
2) Grab PPT file from remote site. I am still not 100% sure how to do this. I don't think I can use FTP because the remote site is not running an FTP server. The file is just placed in a directory and liked via HTML. The way I do it now is right-click the link and choose "Save Link As..." Not sure if I understand the above suggestions correctly, but the remote site is not running a file server, so... <shrug>
3) Figure out how to access the text within the .PPT file. From what people are saying, it may be easier to do this using StarOffce than using MS PowerPoint. I have never used StarOffice before, so I'll have to do some reading up on this. Does anyone have some code examples of how to access StarOffice files with Perl?

Thanks for the pointers so far - they at least have me thinking in the right direction now...

gM


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