CounterPoint: A Zooming Presentation Tool

CounterPoint in editing canvas mode, where slides are arranged spatially and presentation paths are created through these arrangements.

Project Description

CounterPoint is a zooming presentation tool that acts as a plugin to PowerPoint. It allows you to arrange your PowerPoint slides on a zooming canvas that is provided by Jazz. CounterPoint also provides the capability to create multiple scripted paths through your spatial slide arrangements. Presentations created in CounterPoint are also interactive, so you can deviate from a scripted path at presentation-time based on audience feedback, time constraints, or other factors.

Participants

CounterPoint is being developed by Lance Good and Ben Bederson in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland.

Publications

Good, L., & Bederson, Benjamin B. (2002) Zoomable User Interfaces as a Medium for Slide Show Presentations, Information Visualization, 1(1), pp. 35-49.

Good, L. & Bederson, Benjamin, B. (2001) " CounterPoint: Creating Jazzy Interactive Presentations", HCIL Tech Report #2001-03, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.

Documentation

CounterPoint User Manual. Created by David Gallegos and Karyth Becenti as a class project for Charles Paine at the University of New Mexico.

Software/Download/Licensing

CounterPoint is one of the HCIL Products available for licensing by the Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Maryland.  Please read the licensing terms carefully.  By downloading CounterPoint, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the CounterPoint Noncommercial Use License.

Privacy Statement: This information will be used only by the authors to monitor the use of CounterPoint and possibly to contact users for follow-up evaluation and feedback. We will not provide any personal information to anyone outside this project. Statistics about this site will contain no traceable personal information.

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Screen Shots from CounterPoint

CounterPoint in the editing canvas mode, where slides are arranged spatially and presentation paths are created through these arrangements.
CounterPoint in editing canvas mode, where slides are arranged spatially and presentation paths are created through these arrangements.

CounterPoint in the layout organizer mode, where a presenter can organize slides into a hierarchy and apply layout templates to automatically arrange slides along predefined shapes.
CounterPoint in the layout organizer mode, where a presenter can organize slides into a
hierarchy and apply layout templates to automatically arrange slides along predefined shapes.

CounterPoint in presentation mode. Slides that have already been visited during the presentation have a red border.
CounterPoint in presentation mode.  Slides That have already been visited during the presentation have a red border.