A new presentation editor has been under development since the beginning of 2014. Development went at a slow pace and only an early prototype was officially announced in October 2014. In 2015, it was followed by a long series of fixes and improvements. Several users started to use it daily, found issues and helped me fix them.
Sozi 15.05 is the latest in this series. I believe it is the right time to release it officially so that more people can try it, translate it, package it and report issues left unnoticed.
What's new in Sozi 15?
Until version 13.11, the editor for Sozi was provided as an Inkscape extension. The extension system of Inkscape had not been designed for this kind of use, so Sozi was not well integrated in Inkscape and the overall user experience was poor. Moreover, the editor depended on several other frameworks and libraries (Python 2.7, GTK2, PyGTK) that needed to be manually installed in Windows and OS X. Some of them are now deprecated. For all these reasons, Sozi has been almost completely rewritten with the following concerns:
- It is no longer an Inkscape extension. It is a standalone application that can be used with any SVG editor.
- Its user interface allows to edit frames and manage layers visually.
- It does not modify the original SVG document but saves the presentation in a separate HTML file.
- It is easier to install in Windows and OS X.
A new user interface
Frames are created and modified using three panes:
- The timeline pane (bottom) features a grid where each row represents a layer and each column
represents a frame. Select layers and frames using the mouse.
Ctrlkeys for multiple selections.
- The preview pane (top left) contains a view of the current frame. Use the mouse to move, zoom or rotate the camera in the selected layers, or define a clipping rectangle.
- The properties pane (top right) contains a form where you can modify various properties of frames and transitions.
It is no longer required to draw rectangles to delimit frames but it can help in some cases. Tutorials on this topic will be published soon.
The editor saves the presentation automatically each time the window loses focus and before quitting. If you modify the SVG document while Sozi is running, it will be reloaded automatically when Sozi gets the focus again. If saving and reloading do not happen automatically, you can still use the Save and Reload buttons.
A new file format
If you have used earlier versions of Sozi, you will notice that the new editor
stores the presentation in separate files along your SVG document.
For instance, if your original SVG document is
my_presentation.svg, Sozi 15 will create
my_presentation.sozi.jsonstores the presentation data. It is used internally by the editor.
my_presentation.sozi.htmlis the resulting Sozi presentation. Open it in a web browser to play it.
Technically, the HTML file contains a copy of your SVG document, a copy of the presentation data, and the Sozi player software. It is a standalone document: if you want to share a presentation, you do not need to give the SVG and JSON files.
Sozi 15 can import presentations made with Sozi 13.
The current version of the new editor does not display linked images. SVG documents that contain embedded images are displayed correctly but they can be slower to load if they contain a lot of big images.
Try Sozi 15 now!
Sozi 15 can be run either as a standalone desktop application, or as a hosted web application.
- Download the desktop version.
Choose the zip file corresponding to your platform, extract it and run the
- Try the hosted web application (requires a Google Drive account for saving documents).
Report issues if you find bugs or want to suggest improvements. Please indicate clearly that you are using Sozi 15.
Translate Sozi to your native language.