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Editor

The Editor is the central panel, where you type your presentation, drag and drop visuals, and separate your content into slides.

Very similar to the experience you would get in iA Writer, the minimalist design helps you get focused and write your story.

If needed, you can modify some of the settings of the Editor from: SettingsEditor. For example switching the font between iA’s Mono, Duo and Quattro, setting up the spelling and grammar, or smart substitutions.

As the main part of the Editor’s interface –comprised of Thumbnails, Editor, and Inspector– this is the largest panel and unlike the Thumbnails and Inspector you cannot close or hide the Editor.

Default Text

When opening Presenter, you will get a tutorial showing up in the Editor by default, called Fast Love.

To remove it and start writing your speech, select the whole text and press delete. To remove it permanently, go to SettingsGeneral and delete/ replace the text in front of “New Presentation”.

Start Writing

The Editor is a blank canvas where you can type and format your text at the same time, thanks to markdown. You can also Import an existing text to turn it into a presentation, from iA Writer for example.

To create a slide, either type three dashes ---, make two line breaks, or use the Text Tab of The Inspector.

If you need a specific layout for your slide, click the + icon on the top-left of the Title Bar.

At the center of the Title Bar, you can:

Click on the title directly, to open a pop-up window.

Multi-Color Code

The highlight around the titles and the cursor changes color from blue to gold. This is to give you a hint of where you are inside a presentation.

Blue

is a cold start

Purple

is to warm up

Red

is when things get heated

Orange

prepares you for a sweet end

Gold

is the afterglow

The color in the Editor is independent of the theme selected for your slides, it won’t change even with a monochrome theme.

Focus Mode

To cut all distractions when writing your speech, you can hide both The Thumbnails and The Inspector panels to have the Editor on full-screen.

Moreover, iA Writer’s famous Focus Mode has been integrated into iA Presenter. If you are a Writer aficionado, you will feel at home.

The Focus Mode can be enabled from:

Slightly different from the features of iA Writer, Presenter’s Focus Mode is by slide: the slide where your cursor is will appear as regular text, while the slides before and after will fade. This helps you stay fully focused on your current idea.

Timer

On the bottom-right of the Editor, a Timer gives you an estimate of how long your presentation will take, based on the Speaker’s Notes.

Story

Editor

The first interface you see when opening the app, and where you write your content.

The Inspector

A 3-in-1 Inspector panel to help you format and design your presentation.

The Thumbnails

Preview, reorder, duplicate or delete your slides.

Text and Lists

Body text and lists are not visible by design. Here is why, and how to show them to your audience if needed.

Import

Turn an existing Markdown text into a presentation in seconds.

Shortcuts

Navigate the app more efficiently by learning the shortcuts available in Presenter.