During this years IPC I really liked the Keynote presenter consoles I saw on different occasions on the Mac users screens. I like the fact that one can see the slide coming up next as well as useful meta information during the talk on the notebook screen, while sending a clear image to the beamer. I do not own a Mac and currently do not intend to buy one. Therefore I searched for alternatives running on my Linux system. The Sun presenter console came to my attention, but disqualified itself by only supporting Impress, which I replaced by Latex Beamer some time ago. Because there was no viable solution using plain PDF files as input out there I decided to write my own.
I started developing this little tool during the IPC itself and hoped to have a at least barely usable version ready for my own talk, which was on the last day of the conference. But as always all the nice conversations with the other speakers as well as the tasty beer distracted me ;). I talked about the idea to write such a presentation application with other speakers and they got interested in it, saying they would love to see something like that come into existence.
Yesterday I finally got some time to tidy up the code and correct the last amount of bugs, to release a 1.0 version. Here it is now the first version of the Pdf Presenter Console.
Further information as well as download links are available through the Pdf Presenter Console project page.
Any comments and suggestions for future versions are highly appreciated. Use the comment function on this blog or contact me using email