Impressive is a cross-platform tool to display presentations in a stylish way. The application supports PDF files or a folder containing images and besides beautiful slide transitions, Impressive features some useful presentation tools like: highlight boxes, which can be used to draw attention to a specific part of the slide, spotlight effect which is kind of like a highlight box but dynamic, and a screen overview which you can use to easily select a slide.
Impressive is highly customizable too, but unfortunately there’s no GUI front-end (at least, that I know of). However, the default settings should be good enough for most people and to run it, all you have to do is open a terminal and type: “impressive /path/to/some_presentation.pdf” or “impressive /path/to/image/folder/” and the presentation should start.
Basic Impressive usage:
– Use left click to advance to a new slide and right click to go back to the previous slide (the arrow keys work too).
– To create a highlight box, draw a rectangle using your left mouse button:
– For a dynamic highlighting (spotlight effect), press the ENTER key – you can adjust its size using the mouse wheel:
– To zoom in/out, press the “z” key
– For an overviewof all your slides, press TAB:
Impressive also comes with many command line options: you can configure the transitions, rotate pages, specify the window geometry, set the start page, change the duration and so on. To see all the available options, type:
You can also check out the Impressive documentation online.
Here’s quick video I’ve recorded, demoing Impressive: