pdfpc is a GTK based presentation viewer application for GNU/Linux which uses Keynote like multi-monitor output to provide meta information to the speaker during the presentation. It is able to show a normal presentation window on one screen, while showing a more sophisticated overview on the other one providing information like a picture of the next slide, as well as the left over time till the end of the presentation. The input files processed by pdfpc are PDF documents, which can be created using nearly any of today's presentation software.
FeaturesThe most relevant features of pdfpc are:
- Shows current and next slides
- Support for (textual) notes
- Support for overlays (e.g. as generated by the beamer LaTeX package)
- Timer or countdown showing remaining time in the presentation
- Overview mode for quick switching between slides
- Freezing and turning off the presentation view
- Customizable keybindings, enabling support for different presenter devices
To get a better feeling of pdfpc, install it, download the demo presentation and start it with
- July 2012: pdfpc 3.1.1 released (bugfix release)
- June 2012: pdfpc 3.1 released
- May 2012: pdfpc 3.0 released
Compiling from sourceIn order to compile and run pdfpc the following requirements need to be met:
- CMake Version >=2.6
- Gtk+ 2.x
- libPoppler with glib bindings
Compile and installDownload pdfpc-3.1.1.tgz. Uncompress the tarball (we use v3.1.1 as an example here)
Change to the extracted directory::
tar xvf pdfpc-3.1.1.tgz
Compile and install::
If there are no errors in the process, you just installed pdfpc on your system. Congratulations! If there were errors, they are probably due to missing dependencies. Please check that you have all the necessary libraries (in some distributions you may have to install *-devel packages).
cmake . make sudo make install
Note: You may alter the final installation prefix in the cmake call. By default the pdfpc files will be installed under /usr/local/. If you want to change that, for example to be installed under /usr/, with config files under /etc/ you may specify another installation prefix as follows:
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr -DSYSCONFDIR=/etc .
AlternativesIf you use Arch Linux, you can download the AUR package.
If you use Debian or Ubuntu, you can install it from the repository. Older releases of Debian/Ubuntu generally come with an older version of pdfpc, or (in the case of Debian squeeze or Ubuntu precise) with the original pdf-presenter-console by Jakob Westhoff.
apt-get install pdf-presenter-console
- Logitech wireless presenter
- Bluetooth headest: you can use the "next song" and "previous song" buttons for navigating through the slides
If you have a device not listed above and would like to contribute a config file, we will be happy to add it to this site.