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Text and Lists

Putting a lot of text on a slide and reading it out to the audience is the #1 presentation killer.

Regular text paragraphs are not visible to your audience in iA Presenter. This is by design. Body text is your script, for you to see in the teleprompter only.

The Speech Category

The Text Tab in The Inspector provides a clear view of elements that are excluded from appearing on slides. These elements are categorized as Speech and include:

If you wish to display any of these elements on your slides, you can do so by simply adding a tab symbol in front of the respective element.

Texts & Blockquotes

While it is a very common practice, we strongly discourage including lots of text on your slides. You can read more about our take on that matter in our in-app tutorial and blogposts.

1. Text

Instead, use text as your script and carefully select visible elements for your presentation. This ensures that your message remains clear and engaging, and allows the audience to absorb the information effectively.

Remember the principle: less is more.

But no rule is without exception. If you have a good reason to show a wall of text, add a tab in front of your paragraph.

2. Blockquotes

Just like text samples, quotes and blockquotes are overused as a means to fill up slides. We put them in the “Speech” category hoping that this will encourage presenters to carefully consider their usage.

Nonetheless, we have developed a unique design that allows blockquotes to stand out on the slides. To display a blockquote, once again, use the tab indentation.

Lists

In The Inspector, you will find options to create an ordered list, unordered list and task list.

Similar to walls of text that divert your audience’s attention from your speech, using lists on a slide is a common habit that is either distracting or boring. Most of the time, lists are better suited as Speaker’s Notes.

If it is necessary to display lists on your slide, add a tab in front of each item.

💡 Be sure to create all the list items before applying the tab in front of them. Adding the tab before, or at the same time, will disrupt the auto-formatting of the list. As always with Presenter, focus on writing your story first and then proceed with formatting.

Our recommendation is to move away from presenting a list with multiple items on a single slide and adopt a more effective approach: creating one slide per bullet point. This allows each point to receive individual attention and prevents overwhelming the audience with excessive information.

Feedback and Requests

Although the majority of our users acknowledge that excessive text is unnecessary, we noticed a surprising attachment among presenters to their lists during beta testing.

Requests for features such as displaying lists on slides, animated lists with sequential appearances, and indented lists have been often voiced by our users.

We have taken note of all these requests and a better support of list is on our roadmap. However, we do not have an estimated timeframe (ETA) to share.

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.