Understanding an extracted .ppta file using 7zip

Hi all,

When I received a Powerpoint together with an Articulate file from someone else it turned out that the files were corrupted.. I did however receive another Powerpoint file with identical slides so I thought I could just rename the Articulate file to match the new Powerpoint file. That didn't work (Articulate knows to which Powerpoint file it is linked to?) so I tried to extract the .ppta file as if it was a zip file. This gave me the following list of mp3 files:

track257.mp3
track258.mp3
track259.mp3
track260.mp3
track261.mp3
track263.mp3
track264.mp3
track265.mp3
track266.mp3
track270.mp3
track271.mp3
track272.mp3
track274.mp3
trackc257.mp3
trackc258.mp3
trackc259.mp3
trackc260.mp3
trackc261.mp3
trackc263.mp3
trackc264.mp3
trackc265.mp3
trackc266.mp3
trackc270.mp3
trackc271.mp3
trackc272.mp3
trackc274.mp3
These are 26 files, even though there are only 14 slides. How do I make sense of this so that I can import them again in the new Powerpoint file?
Cheers!
4 Replies
Jeff Schlaybach

Adrian,

Realize this is an older post, but I am searching the Articulate KB for a method to use 7zip to pull a ppta file apart, strip out some of the bogus content (Web Objects and audio files that were deleted but still remain in the ppta file which is getting very very large) and put the file back together (compress it I am guessing). 

I've tried to use 7zip to build a .zip file after deleting the content and updating the _rel.lst file, and then rename this zip file to .ppta but I get the error when I try opening and clicking on an Articulate icon/tab, that the project file can't be opened.

What woudl be the steps going from extracting the ppta files using 7zip, to rebuilding/compressing them after pulling out the bogus content? I do not want to have to create a blank ppta file and then copy/paste all the audio in the current project just to clear out the ppta files that seem to grow and grow and grow over time!