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Comparison of PDF presentation software

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This is a list of software programs used to convey presentations prepared in the Portable Document Format (PDF).

Although almost any PDF viewer can be used as a very basic presentation program, specialized software provide convenience functions to the presenter: timer, slide notes, annotation tools, etc.

Name License Platforms Written in Dual monitor Notes Embedded videos Slide transitions API exposed
Unix Mac Windows PDF annot. Beamer Other
Impressive GNU GPLv2 Yes Yes Yes Python No No Yes No No Custom No
IpePresenter[1] GNU GPLv3 Yes Yes Yes C++, Lua Yes plain text No No No No No
pdfpc[2] GNU GPLv3 Yes Yes Cygwin Vala Yes plain text and Markdown Yes plain text and Markdown Yes Yes D-Bus and REST
PDF Presenter[3] Free Yes Yes Yes Java Yes No No No No No No
Pré[4] GNU GPLv3 No Yes No Python Yes plain text Yes No Yes No No
Pympress[5] GNU GPLv2 Yes Yes Yes Python Yes plain text Yes LibreOffice Impress Yes No No
SlideDog[6] Proprietary No No Yes ? Yes No No No Yes ? No
SlidePilot[7] GNU GPLv3 No Yes No Swift, Objective-C Yes No Yes RTF Yes Yes No


  1. “IpePresenter.” Accessed March 17, 2021.
  2. “Pdfpc.” Accessed March 17, 2021.
  3. “PDF Presenter.” Accessed March 17, 2021.
  4. “Présentation.App.” Accessed March 17, 2021.
  5. “Welcome to Pympress’s Documentation! — Pympress Developer Documentation.” Accessed March 17, 2021.
  6. SlideDog. “SlideDog: Powerful Presentation Software | Interactive Presentation Tool.” Accessed March 17, 2021.
  7. “SlidePilot - PDF Presentation Tool for MacOS.” Accessed March 17, 2021.

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