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Presentation Hacking

I'm working on my pyblosxom presentation for PyCon, and I'm experimenting with writing my paper in ReStructured Text (ReST). The proliferation of "humane" text formats like ReST, Textile, Markdown, and the various Wiki syntaxes is enough to make me insane. I'm constantly getting confused between different Wikis and other programs. Also, all these formats creates fragmentation in tools. There's the nice HumaneText service on OS X for Markdown. Alas, no such tool for ReST. At least there's Bill Bumgarner's ReSTedit.

On the picture side, I started playing with GraphViz, which is something I've wanted to play with for quite some time. Most of the presentations that I give involve lots of graph style diagrams and/or code. PowerPoint doesn't really have good support for these kinds of presentations. GraphViz looks like a great solution for the diagram part. It's easy to make good looking diagrams (I still need to learn a little more about layout), and is less painstaking than playing with Visio or some other graphic tool. It does take me back to my grad school days of preparing papers with LaTeX. As for the code, I haven't really come upon a good (semi)automated solution for formatting code for slides, so I usually end up tweaking each slide by hand.

[23:05] | [computers] | # | TB | F | G | 7 Comments | Other blogs commenting on this post

Les Orchard wrote a Mac OS X service that let's you use copy & paste to perform generic filtering by the XML-RPC filtering pipe.

You copy text in your favorite format to the buffer, hit a button, and then when you paste it, it's HTML. You can use any filter that you can find an XmlRpcFilteringPipe for.

Sadly, it was made before the HTTP filtering pipe protocol. But it's cool, no?

I'm confused much of the time, why more people don't think these are cool ideas.
Posted by Lion Kimbro at Sun Mar 6 11:44:09 2005

I found ( http://vanrees.org/weblog/1082459389 ) a python wrapper for graphviz last year. Pydot. Look it up at http://dkbza.org/pydot.html . Might make your life a lot easier!

Posted by Reinout van Rees at Mon Mar 7 04:37:25 2005

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