Different Presentation Styles
Whereas the classic presentation tools focus on linear slide sequences, other ways of navigating a presentation are becoming increasingly popular. For instance, Prezi provides a spatial layout combined with a zoomable user interface. Another example is Reveal.js that allows branches in slide sequences and that can provide a higher perspective of the layout.
As mentioned in the Plug-in Architecture section MindXpres does not enforce the use of any of these styles but by means of structure plug-ins the presenter can choose a style that suits the content or audience. Currently MindXpres has plug-in implementations for classic slide sequences and a zoomable user interface as used by Prezi. Also a hybrid approach called the "structured" presentation was developed that combines a zoomable user interface with a more structured layout of slides, proving the audience with a better content overview without them getting dizzy.
The plug-in architecture also allows developers to implement new structure plug-ins for other types of visualisation and navigation to suit their use cases. This also allows academics to prototype and evaluate new ideas without the restrictions of existing presentation tools.
- Roels, R. and Signer, B.: "MindXpres: An Extensible Content-driven Cross-Media Presentation Platform", 2014, Proceedings of WISE 2014, 15th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering, Thessaloniki, Greece, October, 2014 MindXpres, slideware, cross-media transclusion, non-linear avigation