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Le 2014-01-22 16:16, Mirek M. a écrit :
I knew this was going to be brought up -- the word "complement" was chosen
Again, this is a question of focus.
I'd really prefer to focus on creating the best speech complements rather
than speech replacements, as, when given in conjunction with a speech, the
latter tends to take focus away from the speech. If the slides are a
full-on replacement, why is the presenter even there? Why not just autoplay
the slides?

That's not to say putting up only slides is worthless -- they often provide
a good overview of the speech.
That said, it's always better to provide the slides along with the talk
(video or audio, or even transcript), and that tends to be the norm

I believe what you are describing is an outcome ideal and not a functional use of Impress. IMO, we have to be careful to not purpose Impress to a narrow definition as it may lead to a tool that is rendered of less use for those who use it for what it essentially does best, and, that of slideshow presentations.

In education, we start school children experimenting with presentation software and later following with teaching them to complement their slideshows with speeches. It is only at the very end of their academic highschool years where we try to hone students skill sets at creating speeches that are in fact complemented by their slideshows.

What you are basing your present ideal of the tool is the outcome of all of this training. Till now, Impress fits in well with this type of training and it would be sad to see Impress being given a design purpose that sits only well with an end outcome goal.

IMO, giving Impress too narrow of a design purpose may result in having the very people who use it now to train early years students to look at using a different tool in primary/secondary school systems. It is pretty obvious to classroom teachers that tools used to teach young students are often times the tools they will use later on in life.

I see no purpose in moving the design of Impress away from what most people see it as being a good standalone slideshow tool. However, I see every reason to see Impress given an added design emphasis of not only being a good quality slideshow tool, but also one that helps in ways to complement speeches, for example, add some way to store "presentation notes" that may be read off a second screen, while the first screen runs the slideshow; or a way to store notes that accompany a slideshow, and where these notes may be pulled later to read along with the slideshow etc.)

We should be careful in giving any of our software too narrow a purpose definition, as we risk designing it for too narrow a slice of users/niche. Therein is where I would worry.



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