Pinpoint running on Mac! Oh, wait..

Pinpoint is awesome! It’s a very simple presentation tool created for Linux. I have used it in a couple of talks and now is my main presentation tool.

Pinpoint is a simple presentation tool that hopes to avoid audience death by bullet point and instead encourage presentations containing beautiful images and small amounts of concise text in slides. (by pinpoint)

You can see it in action at this video below. This video shows two presentations, the first one I have used to explain a prolog code to some researchers at UFPE (Federal University of Pernambuco), and the second one is the official tutorial.

If you are interested in using it, you can use macports to install it. Open a terminal and digit this command:

sudo port install pinpoint

But wait a moment, this port is completely broken! Yeah, it’s broken! And this is the reason why I am writing this post, I want to port pinpoint to Mac OS. This is not a so difficult task, but I have no experience with clutter, gstreamer, cairo and pango, and these are the dependencies of pinpoint.

I hope to post a definitive solution to install pinpoint on Mac very soon. Until there, if you want to do some hacking you can compile a custom clutter (tag 1.12.2) and use it with pinpoint.