Convert PowerPoint to PDF in Xamarin

12 Oct 20235 minutes to read

Syncfusion PowerPoint is a Xamarin PowerPoint library used to create, read, edit and convert PowerPoint presentation programmatically without Microsoft PowerPoint or interop dependencies. Using this library, you can convert a PowerPoint to PDF in Xamarin.

Steps to convert PowerPoint to PDF programmatically

Step 1: Create a new C# Xamarin.Forms application project.

Create Xamarin project

Step 2: Select a project template and required platforms to deploy the application. In this application the portable assemblies to be shared across multiple platforms, the .NET Standard code sharing strategy has been selected. For more details about code sharing refer here.

Create Xamarin CodeSharing Option

Step 3: Install Syncfusion.Xamarin.PresentationRenderer NuGet package as a reference to the .NET Standard project in your Xamarin applications from NuGet.org.

Install Syncfusion.Xamarin.PresentationRenderer Nuget Package

NOTE

Starting with v16.2.0.x, if you reference Syncfusion assemblies from trial setup or from the NuGet feed, you also have to add “Syncfusion.Licensing” assembly reference and include a license key in your projects. Please refer to this link to know about registering Syncfusion license key in your application to use our components.

Step 4: Add new Forms XAML page in portable project If there is no XAML page is defined in the App class. Otherwise proceed to the next step.

  • To add the new XAML page, right click on the project and select Add > New Item and add a Forms XAML Page from the list. Name it as MainXamlPage.
  • In App class of portable project (App.cs), replace the existing constructor of App class with the code snippet given below which invokes the MainXamlPage.
public App()
{
  // The root page of your application
  MainPage = new MainXamlPage();
}

Step 5: In the MainXamlPage.xaml add new button as shown below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2014/forms"
             xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2009/xaml"
             x:Class="Convert_PowerPoint_Presentation_to_PDF.MainPage">

    <StackLayout VerticalOptions="Center">
        <Button Text="Convert PPTXtoPDF" Clicked="OnButtonClicked" HorizontalOptions="Center"/>
    </StackLayout>
</ContentPage>

Step 6: Include the following namespace in the MainXamlPage.xaml.cs file.

using Syncfusion.Pdf;
using Syncfusion.Presentation;
using Syncfusion.PresentationRenderer;

Step 7: Include the below code snippet in the click event of the button in MainXamlPage.xaml.cs, to convert a PowerPoint to PDF in Xamarin.

//Loading an existing PowerPoint presentation.
Assembly assembly = typeof(App).GetTypeInfo().Assembly;
//Open the existing PowerPoint presentation with loaded stream.
using (IPresentation pptxDoc = Presentation.Open(assembly.GetManifestResourceStream("Convert-PowerPoint-Presentation-to-PDF.Assets.Input.pptx")))
{
    //Create the MemoryStream to save the converted PDF.
    using (MemoryStream pdfStream = new MemoryStream())
    {
        //Convert the PowerPoint document to PDF document.
        using (PdfDocument pdfDocument = PresentationToPdfConverter.Convert(pptxDoc))
        {
            //Save the converted PDF document to MemoryStream.
            pdfDocument.Save(pdfStream);
            pdfStream.Position = 0;
        }
        //Save the stream as a file in the device and invoke it for viewing.
        Xamarin.Forms.DependencyService.Get<ISave>().SaveAndView("Sample.pdf", "application/pdf", pdfStream);
    }
}

Helper files for Xamarin

Refer the below helper files and add them into the mentioned project. These helper files allow you to save the stream as a physical file and open the file for viewing.

Project File Name Summary

Portable project

ISave.cs

Represent the base interface for save operation

iOS Project

SaveIOS.cs)

Save implementation for iOS device

PreviewControllerDS.cs

Helper class for viewing the PowerPoint Presenatation in iOS device

Android project

SaveAndroid.cs

Save implementation for Android device

UWP project

SaveWindows.cs

Save implementation for UWP device.

Compile and execute the application. Now this application convert a PowerPoint to PDF.

You can download a complete working sample from GitHub.

By executing the program, you will get the PDF as follows.

Converted PDF from PowerPoint in Xamarin

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