Richard Jones' Log: Bruce: ReStructuredText Presentations, now in beta
Bruce the Presentation Tool
Bruce the Presentation Tool is for people who are tired of fighting with presentation tools. Presentations are composed (edited) in plain text files. In its basic form it allows text, code, image, interative Python sessions and video. It uses pyglet to render in OpenGL.
Bruce 3.0 Features (this being the first 3.0 release)
- displays ReStructuredText content with one page per section or transition
- handling of most of ReStructuredText, including:
- inline markup for emphasis, strong and literal
- literal and line blocks
- block quotes
- definition, bullet and enumerated lists (including nesting)
- images - inline and stand-alone, including scaling
- page titles (section headings)
- page decorations
- scrolling of content larger than a screenful
- sensible resource location (images, video, sound from the same directory as the presentation file)
- and some extensions of ReST:
- embedded Python interative interpreter sessions
- videos (embedded just like images) with optional looping
- stylesheet and decoration changes on the fly (eg. multiple fonts per page)
- timer and page count display for practicing
- may specify which screen to open on in multihead
- runs fullscreen at native resolution
- may switch to/from fullscreen quickly
Bruce REQUIRES Python 2.5 and pyglet Subversion r2093, or 1.1 later than beta1 when it's released.
How to write presentations using Bruce the Presentation Tool
Bruce presentations are written as plain-text files in the ReStructuredText format with some extensions. See the examples folder *.rst files for some samples, the simplest being "simple.rst" which displays plain text sentences centered on a white background (using the "big-centered" style):
.. load-style:: big-centered Text displayed centered on the default white background. ---- A new page, separated from the previous using the four dashes. Ut enim ad minim veniam. A Page Title ------------ Pages may optionally have titles which are displayed centered at the top by default.
and so on. For more information see the HOWTO at the Bruce website.