The Best Way To Make Quick Presentations
There are three aspects to a slideshow presentation:
- the content
- the design
- the delivery
This post focuses on the content and design. Imagine yourself, looking to quickly prepare a slideshow, and opening up google slides or powerpoint. What you really bring to the table is the content, but along the way you have to deal with manually composing slides; moving the textbox a little to the right, changing the font, resizing images.
Would it be possible to write a program that lets you forget about design, focus on the content, and then have a polished presentation generated for you? You would need a way to communicate the content with the program, an outliner tool. hmm
It turns out that there is a great package that accomplishes exactly this! See org-reveal, a package that uses reveal.js to turn plain text org files into html slideshow presentations. You can include all the typical presentation things: images, code, tables, etc. See an example presentation here.
org-reveal is easy to setup. You enable it using org variables as follows and set the
org-re-reveal-root to where you installed
reveal.js on your computer:
To use org-reveal, outline your presentation in an org file. Use org metadata to set things like the title and author. When you’re ready to export, run
, e e on spacemacs) and then type
v b to export using reveal. You did it! For more options see the org-reveal README. Here is an example presentation I made.