After giving a talk at work to colleagues recently using slides I’d created in Google Docs; I thought I’d had a great idea! What if I could edit my slides as text (something like Markdown) and bypass the nasty WYSIWYG editor?!
In addition to being able to knock together a slideshow in text; there are some other cool features (you can try these out on their website slideshow):
- Press ‘c’ to clone the window, so you can show a separate copy on an external screen (the clones are kept in sync with an API)
- Press ‘p’ to open presenter mode for the active window, which shows current/next slide and speaker notes (and unlike Google Docs; the slide preview is not tiny!)
- Press ‘f’ to make the slideshow full screen (you can set the aspect ratio in the code)
I often use other peoples software; but I don’t have enough time to contribute to many. However, I liked this one so much, I had a stab at fixing a niggle I found; and it’s now been merged into the main repo :)
So, it all looks pretty slick. One thing I’m certain of; if this hadn’t existed and I’d started my own; it wouldn’t have looked this neat! If you’re a web developer; give it a go. I’m certain you’ll prefer it to PowerPoint and Google Docs! :)