Finally there’s support for SVG in PowerPoint and Office


For a long time there have been limited support for vector file formats in PowerPoint and Office, but with the latest release we finally find support for the most used one of them all; SVG.

Why is this so awesome, you might ask. Let us explain why we are really excited for SVG support in Office:

Vector graphics is king

Vector beats raster. If you ever tried to save your presentation or word document as a PDF you probably have noticed that most, if not all, of your graphic elements gets compressed and the quality just don’t make it for a professional look. With the use of SVG-files your graphic elements will always be razor sharp, and you wont see any loss in quality when saving to other formats or zooming in, since this is how vectors work.

raster vs svg

Left = Raster graphics. Right = SVG. You can clearly see pixels in the raster graphic example.

Another great use of SVG in Office is to put static text that uses special fonts as SVG files. Word have limited support for embedding special fonts in your presentations and documents, which means that you have been stuck with using regular raster images when you wanted to put static text that used special fonts. But now you could just insert it as an SVG, and have it look as sharp as regular fonts.

text as SVG

Text using special fonts as SVG vs. regular image. SVG stays crisp.

What we hope to see in the future:
vector animations with SVG in Office

Unfortunately there’s no support for animated SVG files yet; only static SVG files are supported for now. The reason for this is probably issues with backward compatibility. When you use SVG files in the newest version of Office it automatically generates a high-res png-file for backwards compatibility, so that older versions still shows the same graphics, but without the vector benefits. There’s simply no solution for this with animated SVG files.

Do you have any other tips or tricks for using SVG in Office? Send us a tweet @imagebankio!