PDF-based presentations with 3-D effects
Jan 14, 2009, 14:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
"Before using either PDFCube or Impressive, you need to have to
have support for 3-D graphics installed. PDFCube works well with
OpenGL, as well as with the drivers and video cards listed on its
hardware compatibility page. By contrast, Impressive is somewhat
more erratic under OpenGL, with some transitions displaying slowly,
especially when you have less than two gigabytes of RAM available.
However, by picking and choosing effects, you can still test drive
Impressive without resorting to proprietary drivers.
"Both applications are available as source code from their
project sites. However, you will also need to install dependencies
for PDF support, such as Poppler for PDFCube, and Xpdf Reader or
Ghostscript for Impressive. Impressive also requires Perl and
Python. For convenience, you may prefer to use the Debian packages
for both programs, or, in the case of PDFCube, the packages
available in the Fedora and Ubuntu repositories. Impressive is also
available for OS X and Windows."