1.13a / February 13, 2008
|Operating system||Any Unix-like|
MagicPoint is one of several open source presentation programs, often used to produce slides for conferences. Unlike most presentation programs, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, where a GUI is used to create slides, MagicPoint slides are created by writing text files using a simple markup language. The resulting file is then displayed with MagicPoint's X11-based viewer.
- Content is written in text files and formatting is indicated by text features. For example, different level bullet points can be created by simply indenting the text with tabs
- Many image formats are supported
- Slides can be scaled to different screen sizes
- External applications can be executed from inside the presentation
- A talk timer and slide guide are included
- Presentations can be exported to HTML or PostScript files. Native MagicPoint files can be imported by Calligra Stage, another open source presentation program.
Another feature of MagicPoint is the ability to draw on slides during a presentation. By pressing x on the keyboard, the slide can temporarily be scribbled on with red "ink". Shift x allows you to cycle through other pen colours.
- FSF Directory
- Using Linux for Presentations Mini-HOWTO
- List of MagicPoint presentation by Google
- MagicPoint man page
- Jun-ichiro itojun Hagino: itojun's pictorial diary
- The Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs [LWN.net]
- David MacKay: Useful stuff: Magicpoint
- MGP Toolbox
- Warwick University GNU/Linux User Group Article
- (Linux) Event HOWTO