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#1 2009-10-13 14:31:28

ilembitov
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Suckless presentation tools?

Hi! Was looking for a decent PowerPoint alternative:
-it should use a clear, easy syntax (like txt2tags or markdown)
-it should use a (x)html format for output, so any graphic webbrowser should be able to display it
-it should have as few dependencies as possible
Any ideas?

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#2 2009-10-13 14:48:39

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

You don't think of LaTeX as easy syntax? smile


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#3 2009-10-13 15:05:01

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Umm...how about an (X)HTML page?  You can use markdown, it can output (x)html and any graphical (and textual!) web browser can render it...and it has virtually no dependencies.


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#4 2009-10-13 15:41:09

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

I've had success with S5, but lately I use openoffice impress. I export the presentation to PDF instead of powerpoint format though.

Yesterday I stumbled across something called Bruce that looks pretty interesting... but I don't know how well it works.  Search Pypi for it.

Dusty

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#5 2009-10-13 16:58:40

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

thayer wrote:

Umm...how about an (X)HTML page?  You can use markdown, it can output (x)html and any graphical (and textual!) web browser can render it...and it has virtually no dependencies.

haha! this is basically the most obvious and probably best answer

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#6 2009-10-13 17:41:13

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

s5 is brilliant

http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/s5/

Semantic, accessible and KISS...


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#7 2009-10-13 19:27:47

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Org-mode can make xhtml pressentations. Check out org-info-js.
Here is an example
http://orgmode.org/worg/sources/code/or … rg-slides/
and it should be explained here:
http://orgmode.org/manual/Javascript-support.html

I guess this would be slightly more wysiwyg. . .

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#8 2009-10-13 21:17:20

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

reStructuredText can export to S5 (rst2s5). It seems interesting.

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#9 2009-10-13 22:05:47

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#10 2009-10-13 22:43:59

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Skoll wrote:

Argh, that's a horrible name.  Even worse than awesome if possible.

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#11 2009-10-13 22:59:35

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

+1 impressive....
beautiful results, using some opengl effects... with some fancy zooming and stuff....
But it's only for showing the results, not composing the pdf itself....

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#12 2009-10-13 23:28:16

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Trent wrote:
Skoll wrote:

Argh, that's a horrible name.  Even worse than awesome if possible.

Who cares about the name if the results are good? smile

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#13 2009-10-13 23:40:17

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

I also usually go with oo impress (with charts in inkscape, dia, gnuplot) and export to pdf.

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#14 2009-10-13 23:50:47

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Pandoc can export S5, see the example here:
http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/README … ith-pandoc

Pandoc is really awesome, it's effectively an enhanced markdown that is useful for real documents. I use it for all my notes and assigments.

Though the repo version was old last time I checked, but the AUR package builds fine. haskell-pandoc (IIRC).

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#15 2009-10-14 00:25:23

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

> Pandoc
Impressive!
smile


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#16 2009-10-14 05:07:25

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Wow, that's a nice thing (i'm talking about S5). Looks like it's pretty easy to edit that without any additional tools, but i would most certainly seek for some conversion tools. The only thing that prevents me from using pandoc is that i don't want to add support for additional languages: less packages on my system means more control, more predictability and more stability. Took me a while before i found a C implementation of Markdown (called Discount) - not only is it small and fast, but also smart (has that punctuation system called SmartyPants).

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#17 2009-10-28 00:53:29

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

+1 impressive (will present any PDF file)

Hey who wants to make presentations in OO.o any ways, just use any vector program and scribus (publisher anyone?) and output as pdf.

Hey it used to be called keyjnote...

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#18 2009-10-29 05:38:32

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

i've been trying out multitalk recently, and i think it's nifty. the syntax is simple enough; build it and give it a try.


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#19 2009-10-29 09:36:15

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Thisweek I stumbled across S5 because the newest abiword would supposedly support exporting to S5. It looked very good - next time I need something like that, it'll be my weapon of choice!

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#20 2009-10-29 09:48:16

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Pandoc is really amazing. It makes me want to study haskell.

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#21 2009-10-29 11:09:11

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Thanks for reminding me about impressive. +1. IMO whenever I need to give a presentation, I usually have a pdf and powerpoint formated files. Just in case.

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#22 2009-10-29 11:11:44

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?


There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.
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#23 2009-10-29 11:28:44

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

LaTeX


You can use it to write papers, make slideshows and make posters. Though the syntax is tough. I wonder if apps like LyX can do LaTeX slideshows...

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#24 2009-10-29 11:40:54

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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

pogeymanz wrote:

LaTeX


You can use it to write papers, make slideshows and make posters. Though the syntax is tough. I wonder if apps like LyX can do LaTeX slideshows...

Actually once you get past the initial curve, it' very simple. And you can reuse your templates.

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#25 2009-10-29 12:57:04

Pank
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Re: Suckless presentation tools?

Theomachos wrote:

I use a similar Org-based solution (for uncomplicated presentations, that is). It is very straight forward.
Just:

* section
** Frame 1
    - point 1
    - point 2
** Frame 2
...

It doubt it could be any easier!

--Rasmus


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