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Antoine
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How to understand and align shapes in powerpoint

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The issue is simple.
I have a powerpoint whith shapes.

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Using Open Xml SDK, i need to analyze a powerpoint slide containing shapes, and align them in an json.

Each shape has an offset property which defines its position (from the top left corner), and an extent property which defines its size.
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We will use a column object to keep track of which shapes belongs to which column.

So, by just ordering shapes by their Offset.X property, we can sort the shapes on the X axis.
The first shape will be the current shape.
Then, using a loop, we can define if the next item is inside the current shape, if projected on X axis. If it's inside, it will be in the same column. If not, we can create a new column, and set the item as the current one.

In the example, A1 will be the current item. Then, A4 is the next one.

A1.Offset.X + A1.Extent.X > A4.Offset.X

Then A1 and A4 belongs to the same column. Then, A2 is the next item.

A1.Offset.X + A1.Extent.X < A2.Offset.X

Thus, we create a new column, and A2 is the current item, etc ... .

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If we want to solve issues, when shapes are not here (for example, what if A4 does not exist ?). We can fill the column with fake shapes, and remove them when adding a shape.

Hope this helps !

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