Slidium 0.9 beta: easier and faster

markdown slide layout selector

The third public beta of Slidium is now available.

New features

Markdown presentations applications are really an awesome new way to create slides. There are a lot of reasons (focus on the content, productivity, quality of the result, …) to use them. However, when you start using such software for the first time, it can be difficult to see more than a text editor.

I hence decided to add new features to:

  • Facilitate the learning curve for new users
  • Make advanced users more productive

New preview of slide layouts

Slidium allows to have use different themes and each of them can have different layouts. It can be challenging to choose the right layout if you have only their names.

Slidium 0.9 introduces a new feature presenting for each available layout a thumbnail preview.

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Improvements

This probably not the most visible changes but version 0.9 brings some important internal updates:

New outlining algorithm (more accurate and faster)

This is the synchronization engine between the text and the presentation outline. When you do changes, its responsibility is to reflect the update from text to outline and from outline to text. The previous engine had issues when copy and pasting multiple slides. The new one has been rewritten from scratch and is also faster.

An updated parser

The parser does different tasks:

  • Splits the text in slides
  • Splits the slides into parts (meta data, ..)
  • Performs syntax highlighting

The parser has been modified in order to support edge cases.

Fixed SVG icons preview

The previous version were using a custom SVG rendering engine to generate the preview of SVG icons. In order to support all type of SVGs, Slidium now used the Webkit SVG rendering engine.

Other changes

  • Removed support for external web font until having an efficient caching solution.
  • Fixed: rendering of the first slide.
  • Better rendering of slides thumbnails. Thumbnails should be easier to read, with the usage of a better interpolation algorithm.
  • New expiration date for the beta: 04/05/2017
Download 0.9 beta