[CentOS] Slideshow/presentation software for CentOS

Sun Aug 25 19:59:24 UTC 2019
Robert Heller <heller at deepsoft.com>

At Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:52:59 +0200 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:


> I am looking for software to make slideshows/presentations on CentOS,
> incorporating photos, videos and text (possibly also music) allowing for
> transition effects etc. I'd like to be able to drag and drop/rearrange
> photos etc. from different folders into a timeline and eventually end up
> with something I can show. Ideally without having to make copies of photos
> and store them in a folder specific for this but drag and drop from whatever
> folder the photo etc. already exists in.
> Impress and similar PowerPoint-like software excluded.
> I have found a few packages on the net but nothing that is still being developed.
> Does anyone have any suggestions?

LaTeX Beamer package will do much of that, I don't believe it will handle 
either videos or music, but without anysort of point and click or drag and 
drop GUI -- LaTeX Beamer is strictly CLI-based (well there might be GUI 
frontends out there for LaTeX, but I doubt anything specific for Beamer, and 
likely not partitularly like what you seem to be asking for).

What you are describing *IS* what LibreOffice's Impress does. In the
mess-windows and MacOSX world, this nitch is covered by PowerPoint (pretty
much to the exclusion of any other tools, except maybe some high-end
[expensive] tools) and in the Linux world, Impress covers this nitch (again 
pretty much to the exclusion of any other tools). Quoting from the Highlander: 
"There Can Be Only One".  So if you are excluding Impress and similar 
PowerPoint-like software, you are pretty much left with no options (as you 
seem to have already discovered).

Note: *I* have never used any MS-Windows software (including PowerPoint) and
personally don't have much use for any of the LibreOffice package (I only use
them from their laughable "CLI" interface [eg with the silly --headless
option, that only works when the DISPLAY env var is actually bound to a X11
display, which needs to be there, to not use] to convert mess-word and excel
files to PDF). 

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