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Simple plaintext presentation tool
Update to Zig 0.8.0 and minor edits
Add X11 init and cleanup boilerplate



You can also use your local clone with git send-email.


zent is a simple plaintext presentation tool.

zent does not need LaTeX, LibreOffice or any other fancy file format, it uses plaintext files to describe the slides and can include images via farbfeld. Every paragraph represents a slide in the presentation.

The presentation is displayed in a simple X11 window. The content of each slide is automatically scaled to fit the window and centered so you also don't have to worry about alignment. Instead you can really concentrate on the content.


You need Zig, Xlib and Xft to build zent and the farbfeld tools installed to use images in your presentations.


To get a little demo, just type

zig build && zig-cache/bin/zent example

You can navigate with the arrow keys and quit with q.


zent [FILE]

If FILE is omitted or equals -, stdin will be read. Produce image slides by prepending a @ in front of the filename as a single paragraph. Lines starting with # will be ignored. A \ at the beginning of the line escapes @ and #. A presentation file could look like this:



depends on
- Xlib
- Xft
- farbfeld

one slide per paragraph
# This is a comment and will not be part of the presentation
\# This and the next line start with backslashes


thanks / questions?


zent is developed on sourcehut as part of zuccligs, an attempt to rewrite some of the suckless software in Zig.