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Most of the time I saw PowerPoint presentations it was just for fades between pages (sometimes a new effect on each slide) and having bullets points fly in. So basicly baublery.

I see that some people really might need such a presentation tool, but most of the people I know would do a better job with static PDFs. :)

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On 10/10/2019 at 7:34 AM, walt.farrell said:

Just pointing out that your idea of "complete" and someone else's idea of "complete" are not the same.


You tried to sound poetic and deep but ended sounding very arrogant and selfish.

People who feel that they are already "complete" with the existing Affinity programs can't prevent other people of feeling incomplete, and needing other ones. Who are you to dictate what's completeness means for everybody in the world?

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@HenrikM Acrobat Reader DC seems to cover most of your needs, except for animations:
* It’s free.
* You can use it offline.
* You can have a transition between pages – they all have to be the same one (or a random transition) but Fade is nice.
* Easy to control – left-click to go forward, right-click to go back.
Personally I have never bothered with animation in presentations; they take too much time to set-up and hardly anyone watching cares much about them if they are there. However, I can see why you might want them to show changes although this could be achieved quickly with no-quite-wholly-duplicated pages (see my very simple attached video). It’s worth giving it a try for a few minutes and seeing if it does most of what’s needed.

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@GarryP I posted the original message some time ago. I went with PowerPoint in the end. I tried a bunch of other programs, but none of them measured up in terms of features, quality of transitions, and ease of use. Acrobat Reader is not very useful to me, I am afraid, except as a PDF reader, of course.

As an example: The most recent animation I did was to illustrate the difference between vertically and horizontally sliced requirements for large scale software systems development in terms of the effect on multi-team process flows.

I can't do that with Acrobat Reader, or any of the other solutions people have proposed to me, in this thread, and elsewhere.

PowerPoint is not ideal, but it does the job, at least with fairly simple animations. The animation I mentioned above still has some kinks, due to the way PowerPoint handles morphing (it does not morph curves with connectors properly), but those kinks can be worked out, or worked around.

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More options:

  • Godot game engine with the Slides script: https://github.com/GDQuest/godot-power-pitch
    Bit more technical, but the built-in timeline and other options enable some very complex presentations and animations to be made, including fully interactive ones. And exports to independent executables or the web. No need for a player. And completely free!
    Higher learning curve, however.
  • Construct game engine. Latest version also includes a timeline. Exports directly to the web, or convert to an executable which runs without the need for a player.
  • Pinegrow with the new Interactions plugin. This is a visual web editor, and the Interactions plugin allows for some nifty animations. Most importantly, it includes an animation timeline to control individual elements. https://pinegrow.com/blog/introducing-pinegrow-interactions/
  • Animate CC. Powerful timeline again to build any type of animation. Export to the web to share presentations. Or export an executable.
  • Tumult Hype (Mac) or Saola Animate (Windows) Both are html5 animation apps, which feature a timeline based approach, comparable to Animate CC or the now defunct Edge Animate.

While the game engines require more time to learn, they would easily be able to create just about any type of highly interactive and animation controlled presentation. At the expense of more complexity, of course.

Only an animation timeline will allow for full control of animations.

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, you could use any of the above tools to create only the animations you require, and then embed these in your Powerpoint presentation. But I am unsure if it is possible for embedded html objects to receive clicks. It wasn't in older versions.

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