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December 14, 2005

Presentation Software

I've been using s5 for all of my presentations for the last year or so. It's simple, straight forward, and runs on any computer. But it only really does slides.

My OSDC presentation was five slides and a twenty minute live demonstration. It will come as no surprise that I made a few typing mistakes as I performed it.

Watching a few of the other presentations I couldn't help but be impressed by the flawless keyboard skills of the other presenters. After about a day and a half I figured it out - they were cheating. They had pre-recorded their demonstrations and were simply replaying the keystrokes. It was incredibly cunning and I wanted some of that action, not least to make me look good the next time I present to Sydney Python.

Thankfully Richard Jones was true to his word and has now released Bruce, his interactive presentation software. Take a look, download it and have a play. The next time you need to an interactive presentation it will be your best friend.

Now if I can get it to work with tools other than the Python interpreter I can use it during my day job as well.

Posted by Andy Todd at December 14, 2005 01:07 PM


Thank you! I have never been happier to read a blog entry!

I have a Python/IronPython presentation with live demos coming up in January, and was just trying to figure out how I was going to work it. I'd heard of TPP at the last PyCon, but that's in Ruby and demands some "use your C compiler to build this Ruby package" footwork that I didn't want to fight through on my Windows machine. And, in any case, TPP would only be good for the plain-text portion of the talk.

Posted by: Catherine Devlin on December 15, 2005 12:38 AM