Colloquium is a new approach to presentation tools which centres on narrative, not slides.

In Colloquium, rather than acting as the framework for your words, slides are embedded into the “narrative” of your presentation and only come into play when there's a need for a visual aid. Concentrating on the narrative makes it much easier to give a clear presentation which flows naturally.

You can use the narrative in whatever way you like, which could range from short bullet-pointed notes all the way up to writing your talk word-for-word.


Within the narrative, you can double-click a slide to open it in a familiar kind of editor. Drag and drop images, shift-drag to create text boxes, and so on. A stylesheet system helps to enforce design consistency.


Colloquium's presentation clock shows the passage of time and your progress through the talk on a bar chart. When you're running fast, the difference is coloured green. If you're running slow, it's red. You can see at a glance how you're doing, even though all slides do not take an equal amount of time.


Colloquium stores your presentations in a transparent, plain text format. Files behave well with all version control systems for each tracking and merging of changes. You can easily edit files by hand if you need to, or even generate them programmatically.

Here's how it looks, in case you were wondering:

: This is an example file.  This line is normal narrative text
    SLIDETITLE: Here is the title of the slide
    IMAGE[1fx1f+0+0]: /home/user/image.png
: Here is some more narrative text

Getting Colloquium

Sounds interesting? See the separate page for information about getting and installing Colloquium.