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Makes impress.js presentations from reStructuredText

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The merge of convenience and cool!

Hovercraft! is a tool to make impress.js presentations from reStructuredText. For a quick explanation, see the demo.


  • Write your presentations in a text markup language. No slow, limiting GUI, no annoying HTML!
  • Pan, rotate and zoom in 3D, with automatic repositioning of slides!
  • A presenter console with notes and slide previews!
  • The slide show generated is in HTML, so you only need a web browser to show it.
  • Easy sharing, as it can be put up on a website for anyone to see!

Full documentation is available at, and also in the documentation subdirectory.


Hovercraft! was written by Lennart Regebro <>, and is licensed as CC-0, except for the following:

  • reST.xsl is (c) Michael Alyn Miller <> and published under a BSD-style license included in reST.xsl itself.
  • impress.js is (c) Bartek Szopka (@bartaz) released under MIT and GPL licenses. See the impress.js page for more information.


1.0 (2013-02-22)

  • #1, #2: Add key-binding to pop up the help, a parameter and a presentation field setting to not show the help at load.
  • Added documentation for #8: Naming steps.
  • #7: You can now define CSS-files to be included with a :css:-field in the presentation.
  • #3: You can now leave out the presenter notes from the output with the parameter -n or –skip-notes
  • Added a “simple” template that has no presenter console.
  • Updated to impress-console 1.1, fixing a Firefox bug.
  • Added support for more HTML metadata.
  • Finished documentation and examples.

1.0b2 (2013-02-13)

  • Added syntax highlighting support.
  • #9: All positioning variables except data-x and data-y are now “sticky” so
    they will keep their previous value if not defined.
  • Documentation on

1.0b1 (2013-02-07)

  • Initial release.

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