Thursday, November 01, 2007

OOo Presenter Screen

Andre Fisher, one of Sun Microsystem's employee that works on Impress and Draw components has just announce a new extension for Impress that (hopefully) will be released on the next major release of, 2.4.0. It's called Presenter Screen.

Taken from OOo's Wiki:
It's a feature that aids a presenter during a slide show. It provides information on a second screen, that typically is not visible to the audience. This includes
* a view to the currently displayed slide (for when the presenter faces the audience and can not see the primary screen)
* a preview of the next slide or next effect
* the notes of the current slide
* the current time and/or the elapsed time
* navigation buttons for going to the previous/next slide
When you look on the screenshot, it's very promising. The author can do better job while presenting his/her presentation, since notes can be displayed on his screen, while not visible to audience. He/She can also measure the time since there's a clock that displays the time (it would be better if they give some small calculation about duration, so author can set time for that presentation and show the remaining time).

Great job Andre and his team applause