Presentations using PDFs

Since I will be presenting soon (a talk on GNU Screen at the Chicago Linux User’s Group) I am once again considering how to present a slide show. I created the slide presentation in NeoOffice, and saved it to several presentation formats.

However, I was introduced to one presentation format which I was not aware of before: PDF. I had never thought of using a PDF for a presentation. That is, create a PDF from your slide show, and use a viewer such as Evince to present it. I think even the current Adobe Acrobat will support this, as do several others – I think Skim (for MacOS X) also supports a full-screen mode for presentations, as does KPDF for KDE.

In the past, I’ve used full-screen as a way to read the selected PDF; however, it looks like the full-screen mode was designed for presentations entirely – and this is true of all of these PDF readers.

Give it a try today!

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