Best way to save/organize custom graphics created in PowerPoint07

I hope I have posted this in the correct forum.  I often need to created my own clip art images to use in my courses.  I use the shape tools in PowerPoint07 to create and layer various shape to create the graphic I need.  This is great because I can change the colors, size, look, etc or turn them into .png as needed.  My dilemma is how to keep these for use in other projects.  I want to preserve the flexibility of the grouped object and not just store then as image. 

For now, they are stored in a "workbook" PowerPoint for the initial project, but this make it difficult to find them later. 

Is there a file format that will preserve the grouped object or has anyone found a PowerPoint filing system that has worked?

Thanks,

Hilary

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Zara Ogden

This is a great question! I am trying to sort it out myself. We currently are buying some images that we hope to use for several projects. I am faced with how to catalog them?

My initial plan is to have them saved within the project folder and create an additional folder on our main server that will house all pic with an identifier (number or word).

Problem with that is I will have to literally search through tons of images to locate the one i want.

With respect to images i have created I have a ppt file that houses the original and i keep that separate I am thinking i will have a separate folder for those.

My files would look like this kinda...

1. Media

     a) Movies

          - car.swf

     b) Vector images

          - 654321.gif

     c) Annimation

          - pallettruck.ppt

     d) Images

          - 123456.png

If I had more time and was really wanting to be a keener I could create a an Access Database...? Perhaps I will ask my IT dept for accesses to Access? (I have done this before with other info)

Sorry if this was not much help but feeling your pain. I am curious too what others are doing too!

Robert Kennedy

Another thought is to keep it in an actual ppt file and save the ppt's in various folders that make sense for you.  For instance, if I am editing one of the emfs, etc in a business scene, I might have a folder named office scenes.  I save a PPT file called Business Edits (or something cool that you will remember).  In this file, I simply have different slides consisting of PPT images that I have edited or created.  Of course, for individual file naming and search purposes, this might not be optimal.  But at least it keeps the files in an easily editable format and it narrows down your search radius a bit.  Hopefully this is helpful.