An overview of Sozi
SVG-based zooming presentation software
Initially inspired by the proprietary software Prezi, Sozi is a free and open-source "zooming presentation" tool based on open standards. This talk will expose the general concepts of Sozi and how it benefits from the use of open standards, from a user's as well as a developer's point of view. We will give an overview of the current status of the project and the expected future developments.
While the tool is used on a daily basis by teachers and researchers, several issues prevent a wider adoption:
- On the editor side, the usability of the user interface needs to be improved but is constrained by the Inkscape extension system.
- No one has volunteered to create installers for Windows and OS X, so users of these operating systems must install all dependencies manually.
- On the player side, poor SVG rendering performance in some browsers can make the animations jerky for complex documents that contain gradients and bitmap images.
However, while Sozi has been mostly the work of a single developer working on his spare time, creating a new editor and integrating new features will require the constitution of a real development team.