Presenting with LiveCode instead of PowerPoint/Keynote

Ben Rubinstein benr_mc at
Fri Mar 18 16:11:17 EDT 2011

I moderate occasional 'Pecha Kucha'-style sessions at our company, where a 
number of people present using a strict format of 20 slides, 20 seconds/slide. 
  Theoretically you can set this up using PowerPoint or Keynote, but in 
practise amalgamating everyone's deck is a pain, and they always send them 
only just before the start.  So I use a similar set up to Chris, with a 
controller stack on my laptop, and a display stack on the second 
display/project.  It's set up to simply work from folders of images, and takes 
care of timing, centering people's odd-sized images, etc.

As I naturally hacked it up half-an-hour before the first session, the first 
presenters suffered a few glitches.... and some in the second session... but 
it works pretty well now, and they've mostly forgiven me.


On 18/03/2011 19:19, Nonsanity wrote:
> I've not done a business-style presentation from LiveCode before, but I've
> been running the jumbotron display at a convention that holds a
> tongue-in-cheek game show each year. I connect the AV gear to my laptop as a
> second monitor, and use two stacks to run the show. One is the visible one
> that lives on the second screen, and the other stays on my laptop and lets
> me control the scores and game elements in real time.
> It's worked great for many years now. I even completely re-wrote it in a
> single evening for last year's show. Just to remind everyone how fast it is
> to develop in LiveCode... :)
>   ~ Chris Innanen
>   ~ Nonsanity
> On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 2:17 PM, Keith Clarke<
> keith.clarke at>  wrote:
>> OK, thanks. I suspected the approach would be DIY (do it yourself) - I
>> don't need to waste any time looking for pre-cooked answers and can just
>> dive in ;-)
>> Bjoernke - thanks for the arrow key navigation tip.

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