Create slides in seconds via Sent

2018-09-03 @Technology

Sent is another in the series of incredibly lean applications. Compared to the previously mentioned pandoc approach to presentation making, which compiles a markdown formatted document to a pdf, sent directly renders a presentation from a plain text file or standard input.

Sent doesn’t bother with specially formatted constructs, titles, layout, automatic numbering, or anything fancy of the sort. On the contrary, it automatically renders the font size in accordance with the amount of vertical and horizontal text on a slide, inversely related.

A single word on a slide would occupy most of the area in very large font. A few long bullets would significantly shrink in font size.


The following would literally generate an effective full-screen three-slide presentation, with black text on a white background (reconfigurable in config.h, per the suckless tradition).

Place the following in presentation.txt:

Slide 1
• bullet 1
• bullet 2
• bullet 3
# Comment, not displayed

This text not displayed, since an image occupies an individual slide.

# The '\' escape character in the next slide avoids
# the blank line starting a new slide.

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Invoke the presentation as such:

$ sent presentation.txt

See a more comprehensive example in the repository, including emoticon usage.

You could compose a simple, no thrills, last-minute presentation in the literal sense, with ease and in a matter of seconds.

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