Edit 2022-03-25: The tool has seen some big updates! Read more in a separate post.
Do you know PowerPoint's presenter view? It nicely shows timing information, slides, and notes to the presenter during a talk or a lecture. I love this feature and I use it really often. Up to now, it was not available for presenting PDF files on Linux.
A Tk-based tool to act like PowerPoint's presenter view
The tool is best started from the command line:
presenterview-detached test.pdf 1
test.pdf to be loaded starting from slide
Navigating and controlling¶
Navigating and controlling is done using keyboard shortcuts:
- next slide: up arrow / right arrow / n(ext)
- previous slide: down arrow / left arrow / p(revious)
- toggle fullscreen for the slide view: F11
- start/stop recording: r(ecording)
- additional marker: x(tra marker)
- increase font size for notes: +
- decrease font size for notes: -
An essential feature of PowerPoint's presenter view is the ability to show notes you added to the slides. My
presenterview-detached looks for a specific file in the same folder as the PDF file. Since, for the above screenshot,
test.pdf is loaded then you need a
test.notes residing in the same folder.
*.notes-file can contain Markdown:
#1 ## Intro Be **funny** and _witty_ #2 ...
Edit 2021-04-09: If you need a convenient way to extract your notes from a Powerpoint file, use my script that I introduce in a separate post.
Why is there a button saying "Start Recording"? Please see my other post for details on recording talks with this tool.