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Impressive – a tool for pdf-presentations

Impressive is a presentation tool for pdf files. Click >here< to go to the homepage for the project on

Note: At time of writing last update of project files was 18/9/2008.

Read the documentation to learn about all the options for the program – including the many advanced options: You can play audio files in the background or view full screen video on entry of specific slides, put a timer on slides, set duration of talk, rotate pages, define transitions for specific pages etc. Many of these features require the use of Info scripts (RTFM)

There is also a useful script gettransitions that will export Beamer transitions to Impressive by creating an appropriate Info file Click here to go to the gettransitions site.

Most often the computer used for the pdf presentation will be a 32 bit Windows box. I therefore suggest to download the file and put it on the usb-pen with your pdf presentation file (and accompanying audio/video files etc.)

In order to use Impressive simply drop the icon of your pdf file on impressive.exe

Impressive has transitions and background rendering enabled by default – create a shortcut to impressive.exe with the options -t None -b in order to disable transitions and background rendering (Rightclick the impressive.exe icon, select Create Shortcut. Then right-click the newly created shortcut and add -t None -b to the path)

Hyperlinks in your presentation will only work if you use pdftk for rendering: Download the pdftk zip file >here< and extract it in your Impressive folder.

The most basic uses of Impressive are: Pressing the tab key in order to watch a gallery of your slides and use this gallery to jump between slides and highlighting an area on a slide by left-clicking and selecting – view the demo.pdf file (using Impressive!) to learn other basic uses of Impressive.

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