Software Updates

Release History

0.6.7 (2017-10-30)

  • Add SlideShapes.build_freeform(), allowing freeform shapes (such as maps) to be specified and added to a slide.
  • Add support for patterned fills.
  • Add LineFormat.dash_style to allow interrogation and setting of dashed line styles.

0.6.6 (2017-06-17)

  • Add SlideShapes.add_movie(), allowing video media to be added to a slide.
  • fix #190 Accommodate non-conforming part names having ‘00’ index segment.
  • fix #273 Accommodate non-conforming part names having no index segment.
  • fix #277 ASCII/Unicode error on non-ASCII multi-level category names
  • fix #279 warning appearing on placeholder access.

0.6.5 (2017-03-21)

  • #267 compensate for non-conforming PowerPoint behavior on c:overlay element
  • compensate for non-conforming (to spec) PowerPoint behavior related to c:dLbl/c:tx that results in “can’t save” error when explicit data labels are added to bubbles on a bubble chart.

0.6.4 (2017-03-17)

  • add Chart.chart_title and ChartTitle object
  • #263 Use Number type to test for numeric category

0.6.3 (2017-02-28)

  • add DataLabel.font
  • add Axis.axis_title

0.6.2 (2017-01-03)

  • add support for NotesSlide (slide notes, aka. notes page)
  • add support for arbitrary series ordering in XML
  • add Plot.categories providing access to hierarchical categories in an existing chart.
  • add support for date axes on category charts, including writing a dateAx element for the category axis when ChartData categories are date or datetime.


Some changes were made to the boilerplate XML used to create new charts. This was done to more closely adhere to the settings PowerPoint uses when creating a chart using the UI. This may result in some appearance changes in charts after upgrading. In particular:

  • Chart.has_legend now defaults to True for Line charts.
  • Plot.vary_by_categories now defaults to False for Line charts.

0.6.1 (2016-10-09)

  • add Connector shape type

0.6.0 (2016-08-18)

  • add XY chart types
  • add Bubble chart types
  • add Radar chart types
  • add Area chart types
  • add Doughnut chart types
  • add Series.points and Point
  • add Point.data_label
  • add DataLabel.text_frame
  • add DataLabel.position
  • add Axis.major_gridlines
  • add ChartFormat with .fill and .line
  • add Axis.format (fill and line formatting)
  • add ValueAxis.crosses and .crosses_at
  • add Point.format (fill and line formatting)
  • add Slide.slide_id
  • add Slides.get() (by slide id)
  • add Font.language_id
  • support blank (None) data points in created charts
  • add Series.marker
  • add Point.marker
  • add Marker.format, .style, and .size

0.5.8 (2015-11-27)

  • add Shape.click_action (hyperlink on shape)
  • fix: #128 Chart cat and ser names not escaped
  • fix: #153 shapes.title raises on no title shape
  • fix: #170 remove seek(0) from Image.from_file()

0.5.7 (2015-01-17)

  • add PicturePlaceholder with .insert_picture() method
  • add TablePlaceholder with .insert_table() method
  • add ChartPlaceholder with .insert_chart() method
  • add Picture.image property, returning Image object
  • add Picture.crop_left, .crop_top, .crop_right, and .crop_bottom
  • add Shape.placeholder_format and PlaceholderFormat object


Shape.shape_type is now unconditionally MSO_SHAPE_TYPE.PLACEHOLDER for all placeholder shapes. Previously, some placeholder shapes reported MSO_SHAPE_TYPE.AUTO_SHAPE, MSO_SHAPE_TYPE.CHART, MSO_SHAPE_TYPE.PICTURE, or MSO_SHAPE_TYPE.TABLE for that property.

0.5.6 (2014-12-06)

  • fix #138 - UnicodeDecodeError in on Windows 7 Python 3.4

0.5.5 (2014-11-17)

  • feature #51 - add Python 3 support

0.5.4 (2014-11-15)

  • feature #43 - image native size in shapes.add_picture() is now calculated based on DPI attribute in image file, if present, defaulting to 72 dpi.
  • feature #113 - Add Paragraph.space_before, Paragraph.space_after, and Paragraph.line_spacing

0.5.3 (2014-11-09)

  • add experimental feature TextFrame.fit_text()

0.5.2 (2014-10-26)

  • fix #127 - Shape.text_frame fails on shape having no txBody

0.5.1 (2014-09-22)

  • feature #120 - add Shape.rotation
  • feature #97 - add Font.underline
  • issue #117 - add BMP image support
  • issue #95 - add setter
  • issue #107 - all .text properties should return unicode, not str
  • feature #106 - add .text getters to Shape, TextFrame, and Paragraph
  • Rename Shape.textframe to Shape.text_frame. Shape.textframe property (by that name) is deprecated.

0.5.0 (2014-09-13)

  • Add support for creating and manipulating bar, column, line, and pie charts
  • Major refactoring of XML layer (oxml)
  • Rationalized graphical object shape access Note backward incompatibilities below


A table is no longer treated as a shape. Rather it is a graphical object contained in a GraphicFrame shape, as are Chart and SmartArt objects.


table = shapes.add_table(...)

# becomes

graphic_frame = shapes.add_table(...)
table = graphic_frame.table

# or

table = shapes.add_table(...).table

As the enclosing shape, the id, name, shape type, position, and size are attributes of the enclosing GraphicFrame object.

The contents of a GraphicFrame shape can be identified using three available properties on a shape: has_table, has_chart, and has_smart_art. The enclosed graphical object is obtained using the properties GraphicFrame.table and GraphicFrame.chart. SmartArt is not yet supported. Accessing one of these properties on a GraphicFrame not containing the corresponding object raises an exception.

0.4.2 (2014-04-29)

  • fix: issue #88 – raises on supported image file having uppercase extension
  • fix: issue #89 – raises on add_slide() where non-contiguous existing ids

0.4.1 (2014-04-29)

  • Rename Presentation.slidemasters to Presentation.slide_masters. Presentation.slidemasters property is deprecated.
  • Rename Presentation.slidelayouts to Presentation.slide_layouts. Presentation.slidelayouts property is deprecated.
  • Rename SlideMaster.slidelayouts to SlideMaster.slide_layouts. SlideMaster.slidelayouts property is deprecated.
  • Rename SlideLayout.slidemaster to SlideLayout.slide_master. SlideLayout.slidemaster property is deprecated.
  • Rename Slide.slidelayout to Slide.slide_layout. Slide.slidelayout property is deprecated.
  • Add SlideMaster.shapes to access shapes on slide master.
  • Add SlideMaster.placeholders to access placeholder shapes on slide master.
  • Add _MasterPlaceholder class.
  • Add _LayoutPlaceholder class with position and size inheritable from master placeholder.
  • Add _SlidePlaceholder class with position and size inheritable from layout placeholder.
  • Add Table.left, top, width, and height read/write properties.
  • Add rudimentary GroupShape with left, top, width, and height properties.
  • Add rudimentary Connector with left, top, width, and height properties.
  • Add TextFrame.auto_size property.
  • Add Presentation.slide_width and .slide_height read/write properties.
  • Add LineFormat class providing access to read and change line color and width.
  • Add AutoShape.line
  • Add Picture.line
  • Rationalize enumerations. Note backward incompatibilities below


The following enumerations were moved/renamed during the rationalization of enumerations:

  • pptx.enum.MSO_COLOR_TYPE –> pptx.enum.dml.MSO_COLOR_TYPE
  • pptx.enum.MSO_FILL –> pptx.enum.dml.MSO_FILL
  • pptx.enum.MSO_THEME_COLOR –> pptx.enum.dml.MSO_THEME_COLOR
  • pptx.constants.MSO.ANCHOR_* –> pptx.enum.text.MSO_ANCHOR.*
  • pptx.constants.MSO_SHAPE –> pptx.enum.shapes.MSO_SHAPE
  • pptx.constants.PP.ALIGN_* –> pptx.enum.text.PP_ALIGN.*
  • pptx.constants.MSO.{SHAPE_TYPES} –> pptx.enum.shapes.MSO_SHAPE_TYPE.*

Documentation for all enumerations is available in the Enumerations section of the User Guide.

0.3.2 (2014-02-07)

  • Hotfix: issue #80 generated presentations fail to load in Keynote and other Apple applications

0.3.1 (2014-01-10)

  • Hotfix: failed to load certain presentations containing images with uppercase extension

0.3.0 (2013-12-12)

  • Add read/write font color property supporting RGB, theme color, and inherit color types
  • Add font typeface and italic support
  • Add text frame margins and word-wrap
  • Add support for external relationships, e.g. linked spreadsheet
  • Add hyperlink support for text run in shape and table cell
  • Add fill color and brightness for shape and table cell, fill can also be set to transparent (no fill)
  • Add read/write position and size properties to shape and picture
  • Replace PIL dependency with Pillow
  • Restructure modules to better suit size of library

0.2.6 (2013-06-22)

  • Add read/write access to core document properties
  • Hotfix to accomodate connector shapes in _AutoShapeType
  • Hotfix to allow customXml parts to load when present

0.2.5 (2013-06-11)

  • Add paragraph alignment property (left, right, centered, etc.)
  • Add vertical alignment within table cell (top, middle, bottom)
  • Add table cell margin properties
  • Add table boolean properties: first column (row header), first row (column headings), last row (for e.g. totals row), last column (for e.g. row totals), horizontal banding, and vertical banding.
  • Add support for auto shape adjustment values, e.g. change radius of corner rounding on rounded rectangle, position of callout arrow, etc.

0.2.4 (2013-05-16)

  • Add support for auto shapes (e.g. polygons, flowchart symbols, etc.)

0.2.3 (2013-05-05)

  • Add support for table shapes
  • Add indentation support to textbox shapes, enabling multi-level bullets on bullet slides.

0.2.2 (2013-03-25)

  • Add support for opening and saving a presentation from/to a file-like object.
  • Refactor XML handling to use lxml objectify

0.2.1 (2013-02-25)

  • Add support for Python 2.6
  • Add images from a stream (e.g. StringIO) in addition to a path, allowing images retrieved from a database or network resource to be inserted without saving first.
  • Expand text methods to accept unicode and UTF-8 encoded 8-bit strings.
  • Fix potential install bug triggered by importing __version__ from package file.

0.2.0 (2013-02-10)

First non-alpha release with basic capabilities:

  • open presentation/template or use built-in default template
  • add slide
  • set placeholder text (e.g. bullet slides)
  • add picture
  • add text box