What is Slide40?
Slide40 is a program for displaying slide presentations in a style inspired by the personal computers of the late 1970's. The display mimics a TV screen showing only 40 columns of text in an all-caps font built from big blocky fuzzy pixels. I created it partly as a joke, and partly as a minimalist artistic reaction to the highly-decorative but meaningless presentations made by abusers of modern presentation software.
Downloading and installing Slide40
Slide40 is Free software available under version 3 of the GNU General Public License. It is written in Java, so if you have a reasonably new Java runtime environment on your system you should be able to use Slide40. To install and run Slide40, download the .jar file using the link below. Save it wherever you like on your system.
On Windows systems you should be able to run Slide40 simply by double-clicking on the .jar file. On my Debian GNU/Linux system with its Gnome window manager, I had to right-click and choose "Open with Sun Java 5.0 Runtime". I also ran it from the command line by typing java -jar slide40.jar. You can load any text file to show as a slide presentation using the File menu.
Slide40 has worked fine for me using Sun's Java Runtime on both Windows and GNU/Linux systems. I have experienced problems running Slide40 with one non-Sun runtime, particularly when putting Slide40 into full screen mode. Your mileage may vary depending on what runtime you use.
Tim Fraser's homepage at the WPI alumni site
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