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This page is about giving presentations using Squeak. If you want to give a presentation about Squeak, see Presenting Squeak.
In many ways, presentations are Active Essays with somebody present, talking and navigating the essay.
BookMorphs for Presentations
How to get a reference to a BookMorph on the desktop
a morph has a name
If you are giving a presentation using Squeak, several things are likely to be true:
- You understand the basics of using Squeak.
- You are using a laptop you have configured before your talk.
- You are displaying visual content on a large external monitor or projector, and possibly playing audio content to external speakers. You are not necessarily familiar with this external A/V equipment.
- Your audience cares about your topic and your presentation, but they don't care about the mechanics of presenting. Any time they notice the mechanics of presenting (e.g. difficulty advancing slides, switching applications to display different kinds of media, slow or painful on-site set up) is bad for you, bad for them, and bad for Squeak's reputation.
- You have the sequence for presenting your content firmly in mind before you start giving the presentation.
- You may want to use a presentation remote control, especially if you give a lot of talks.
- Your IQ drops at least 20% starting N minutes before your talk, and doesn't return to its usual level until M minutes after you have answered the last question. Therefore, while talking you will tend to forget the sequence you planned to use, what you were going to talk about during each piece of content, and how to work around problems.
You could just show your audience whatever objects are already in your image & talk while you do so. If you want it to feel more planned or formal, there are several Squeak options:
See How to use projects to do a slide show.
Instructions how to do presentations in Morphic using Projects (in Spanish): http://swiki.agro.uba.ar/small_land/33
See BookMorphs for Presentations.
See Squeak-specific media.
There is presentations tutorial available via Squeakmap (see http://map.squeak.org/package/16226c0c-c95a-40bf-a2e0-ca4fb336db35). This tutorial focuses on use of the StackMorph, which is a subclass of BookMorph. You may need to get an older version of Squeak in order to load the project.
This is a refactoring of BookMorph which is available via SqueakMap (see http://map.squeak.org/package/1ee96661-6ae8-4d1b-b2de-dd770a92bc04).
This is another refactoring of BookMorph which is available via SqueakMap (see http://map.squeak.org/package/70034a36-371c-4190-9eaa-71426ebf2e00). The installer will rename your current project and make a subproject of it with the current project's name. I would recommend creating a new project leaf node before installing this package.
Presentation Remote Control
Giving the Presentation
- If you use a BookMorph in full screen mode and move the controls, they will embed themselves into the current page. When you press next, you will go to the next page, and the controls will be gone (since they are now embedded in the page you moved them on). You will be stuck on that slide and get comments like "Ditch squeak!" on over half of your talk review cards (I am not exaggerating; this happened to me). The menu halo (the red icon you get after you press alt-click until the appropriate object is highlighted) is your friend. If you notice this problem before you leave the slide you embedded the controls in, you can use the menu halo on FloatingBookControls to "embed into" the world (usually called "PasteUpMorph" in this menu). If you notice it after the controls are gone, you can use "book..." on the StackMorph or BookMorph to hide and then show the controls.