Martin Pool, Linuxcare
itch: I had to prepare my rproxy talk for linux.conf.au 2001, and felt very dissatisfied with the available free software to do that.
Batch-mode solutions like SliTeX, MagicPoint, and HTML are easy to edit (if you're a geek), but produce output that's noticeably less attractive than PowerPoint. On the other hand, KOffice and StarOffice, while impressive office suites, share too many of Microsoft's failings for my taste: the GUI is large and slow (especially on a laptop), and they're not quite stable enough to give absolute confidence when doing a presentation. It ought to be simpler than this!
scratch: PinPoint is a tool for generating presentation graphics, as an alternative to MagicPoint and PowerPoint. It does not do animations, drawings, dancing paperclips, a GUI editor or dishwashing. It does generate nice-looking graphic files from a plain text outline, suitable for display on the web or through a viewer such as qiv, and does it in less than 200 lines of code.
To install, simply copy the pinpoint.scm file into your ~/.gimp-1.1/scripts/ or ~/.gimp-1.2/scripts/ directory. If the GIMP is already running, press Xtns/Script-Fu/Refresh to load it.
Enter a text-form outline using your favourite editor, like this. Start GIMP, and choose Xtns/Script-Fu/mbp/Pinpoint Presentation.... Fill out the dialog, and press OK.
|Background image||A single bitmap displayed behind the slide text. This also determines the size of the slides. If you don't have an image you want, then use the GIMP to create an image at some appropriate size like 1024x768, with a solid colour or gradient fill.|
|Outline||A plain text outline file, with %page tags to separate slides. In the current version, the text is not automatically wrapped.|
|Body font||Name of the font for text display. GIMP ignores the size set in the font dialog.|
|Body font size (pixels)||Height in pixels of text|
|Body color||Color of slide text.|
|Output directory||Directory in which to dump slide images. They are written with filenames of the form sliden.jpg, overwriting existing images. JPEG encoding parameters are hardcoded to a quality and smoothing value that seems to work well for slides.|
|Show images||Show images in GIMP edit windows as they're generated. The GIMP does not always flush graphics operations to the screen while running a script, so some of the operations may not show up before the window is closed.|
Use pin2html.pl to produce an HTML page containing the text outline and links to slide images.
(Don't just sit there, hack something!)
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