KeyJnote is an interesting program that allows you to display presentation slides with style. It offers many unique tools that are useful for presentations. Creating presentations for KeyJnote is quite simple. Basically, you create slides in the presentation application of your choice and then use KeyJnote for displaying them. However, you need to export your presentation in a PDF format before using KeyJnote. In addition, you can use KeyJnote to make a slideshow with your favorite photos. With KeyJnote, you may either play a PDF file, a directory containing image files or individual image files (JPEG, PNG, TIFF and BMP).
KeyJnote is written in Python, a feature-rich interpreted scripting language. Rendering is done via OpenGL, which allows for some “eye candy” effects. Python is available on numerous platforms. Because of this, KeyJnote works with most operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and Linux.
KeyJnote contains some unique features that come in handy when giving presentations:
- Page transitions
- Overview screen
- Multiple highlighting boxes
- Spotlight effect
To start a presentation, you type something like at the command line:
keyjnote -t PagePeel demo.pdf
- Crossfade – simple crossfade
- None – no transition
- PagePeel – an unrealistic, but nice page peel effect
- PageTurn – another page peel effect, slower but more realistic than PagePeel
- SlideDown – Slide downwards
- SlideLeft – Slide to the left
- SlideRight – Slide to the right
- SlideUp – Slide upwards
- SpinOutIn – spins the current page out, and the next one in.
- SpiralOutIn – flushes the current page away to have the next one overflow
- SqueezeDown – Squeeze downwards
- SqueezeLeft – Squeeze to the left
- SqueezeRight – Squeeze to the right
- SqueezeUp – Squeeze upwards
- WipeBlobs – wipe using nice “blob”-like patterns
- WipeCenterIn – wipe from the edges inwards
- WipeCenterOut – wipe from the center outwards
- WipeDown – wipe downwards
- WipeDownRight – wipe from the upper-left to the lower-right corner
- WipeLeft – wipe from right to left
- WipeRight – wipe from left to right
- WipeUp – wipe upwards
- WipeUpLeft – wipe from the lower-right to the upper-left corner
- ZoomOutIn – zooms the current page out, and the next one in.