Feb 14, 2010
Multitalk project is a presentation program designed for giving more interactive and engaging talks. Slides are laid out in a two- dimensional canvas that you navigate in any direction, in real time, using the mouse.All of your talks can be merged into the same space. You can zoom out and create hyperlinks between slides. Each slide may also contain nested expandable sections like a folding text editor. Every slide can have an arbitrary style to control layout and visual appearance.Why another presentation program?Other presentation programs force you to arrange your talk in a fixed order, and then to step through it in sequence - often while reading out the slides to the audience in a tedious manner! This means that in those programs: ï¿½ There's no way to change the direction of your talk at presentation-time based on audience feedback. ï¿½ You can't have "optional" parts which you expand upon for longer, more detailed talks and present at an overview level otherwise, except by skipping slides. ï¿½ There's no easy way to show central concepts or illustrate one's progress through the structure of the talk, except by regularly reinserting copies of the contents page. ï¿½ The speaker isn't actively involved in steering through and explaining the material, which can lead to poor communication. ï¿½ Updating multiple talks with shared material is difficult. ï¿½ You cannot view all of your talks in the same space. ï¿½ Presentation concerns are emphasised over content because slides are initially designed in a GUI rather than as plain text. ï¿½ Often the same template is used for all slides in a talk; putting the same abstract-but-vaguely-hitech-looking coloured pattern in the corner of each slide doesn't really add much to the talk.
What does Multitalk do better?ï¿½ Slides are laid out for display in a two-dimensional space which you can choose to navigate in real time in any direction. ï¿½ Slide text is written in a markup language using a normal text editor. ï¿½ Image placement is still controlled in a WYSIWYG manner using the program itself (which is quicker than pure markup language spacing commands). ï¿½ Slides can be any size and automatically resize to fit their contents; you can view multiple small ones at once or part of very large ones, so logical units don't have to be stretched to screen size. ï¿½ You can zoom out to rearrange slides or get an overview of the talk. ï¿½ Each slide acts like a folding text editor, with definable blocks which can be collapsed and expanded during the talk. ï¿½ You can define hyperlinks between different slides, which are spatially animated. ï¿½ You can define your own style templates to override all visual aspects, and each slide can independently use any style to highlight topics as required (you can have multiple "master slides" in other terminology). What's New in This Release:
· The main new features are HTML export, a second zoom level, repositioning multiple slides at once, support for different screen sizes, pinned slides, maximized or dual slide views, and more powerful hyperlinks.