For several days, I’ve been seeing in my news aggregator these weird headlines from Eric Meyer about something called S5. I didn’t check it out until last night, figuring it was probably some Mac thing that didn’t apply to me. But I checked it out yesterday, and it rocks.
If you’re looking for fancy transitions and sound effects, S5 won’t be up your alley, but for a nice clean, fully skinnable, simple slide presentation, this is an excellent tool that generates slides that are ready for projection but are also great for downloading because they render in the browser. And it’s great because you don’t have to keep track of your next and back links, etc. Further, it’s got a print-friendly style sheet that allows you to display additional notes not displayed in the screen version. So if you’re already comfortable writing XHTML (and I’m not talking about making your layout work, but just about wrapping your content in div tags and using list tags to format your bullet points), you can just take your notes in an S5 document and immediately have your presentation and your presentation notes ready for projection and download.
I’m working on a presentation now and will be giving Eric’s tool a try in lieu of going the usual OpenOffice.org route.