Harish Sivaramakrishnan

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Preview – Impressionist | A visual editor for impress.js


Update : More bug fixes, more stability~ Alpha 3 is now hosted. Do give it a spin. Please note that this is still early and has some distance to go before it can be called stable. Please do log issues on github. Webkit only.

Update: Impressionist is now on github and will be developed openly. Feel free to watch / fork / log issues. Thanks!

I am a big fan of impress.js framework. (If you haven’t tried it yet, do it now :) )The last few presentations I made were all on impress.js and I was quite blown away by the visually rich stuff that I could create with it. Even though impress takes its inspiration from prezi, I love impress a lot more than prezi. That said, I realized it takes a fair amount of effort and a reasonably good knowledge of HTML and CSS3 to build anything impressive with impress.js. Honestly, I don’t have the patience to code up a presentation and that thought kept worrying me.

Finally, I made up my mind. I decided to give a shot at building a visual tool for impress.js presentations. A tool that is simple enough for even a non tech geek to be able to use, yet cover all the goodness that impress brings to the table. Lofty goal, I know. But, the last 2 weeks of coding has resulted in something that shows promise – something that could be a tool that greatly reduces the effort in building impress.js presentations. A tool that I call – Impressionist.

Here is the first look of what this tool looks like (no, its not ready for primetime consumption, yet – hence I have right now is a screencast.) Do take a look.

I am really looking forward to some help from folks to help me test this out. I being the only developer for this, coupled with the time constraints that I have (This isn’t something that I am doing full time) the best way to get this app to stability is by taking your help in testing this. If you think you could help me with testing impressionist, please drop me a note at hsivaram [at] adobe [dot] com or drop me a tweet @hsivaram.

Note: Some of the bugs show up in the video itself ;) and I am working on fixing them.

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Written by harish

March 15th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

30 Responses to 'Preview – Impressionist | A visual editor for impress.js'

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  1. Hi.

    I would like to try this for sure.

    Good luck for your effort..


    15 Mar 12 at 7:22 pm

  2. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. The preview looks great :)


    16 Mar 12 at 2:27 am

  3. Wow! that looks really good! Nice UI

    Arun Sarma

    16 Mar 12 at 5:34 am

  4. Jaw Dropping ! Looking forward for primetime consumption :)


    16 Mar 12 at 7:45 am

  5. WOW can you share the code on github please?


    17 Mar 12 at 6:55 am

  6. [...] Impressive If you like impress.js, you’re going to love what Harish Sivaramakrishnan is doing with Impressionist. [...]

  7. Amazing work, very very impressive!!


    20 Mar 12 at 2:19 pm

  8. yeah I would use that for sure.


    20 Mar 12 at 9:19 pm

  9. [...] impress.js를 활용해서 만든 웹 프리젠테이션툴 impressionist [...]

  10. VERY NICE!!

    Been having some thought regarding this impress.js and looking for a GUI for it. Best of luck… I would definitely love to help contribute with the project if it’s being open sourced.

    Wendy Novianto

    21 Mar 12 at 12:49 pm

  11. This is some remarkable work. Thank you for taking the time to create it and share it with everyone.


    21 Mar 12 at 11:59 pm

  12. Thanks @hsivaram for sharing, I just found your site in Google+ one people share it and I love the way how impress.js works, truly amazing, I will try this, thanks again.


    28 Mar 12 at 1:04 am

  13. This is really great work! I submitted some interface suggestions to the Github issue tracker, hope to be able to contribute more in the future.

  14. You’re a dedicated coder and soooo cool you made it open source! That might be an real alternative for the LibreOffice.

    Is there any change to use it with firefox in the future

    Keep up the good work!!


    1 Apr 12 at 3:49 pm

  15. respect :-)


    6 Apr 12 at 9:56 am

  16. wow, Amazing work!
    This tool can edit pictures? like http://fabricjs.com/opacity_mouse_move/


    10 Apr 12 at 11:40 pm

  17. I look forward to this when it’s ready! So far so good!


    2 May 12 at 2:45 am

  18. I would like to test it….

    Daniel Torres

    14 May 12 at 7:43 pm

  19. Hi,
    i’m a mac user and i would learn and use impressionist.
    How i can download it and what’s the best way to learn it?
    thanks a lot
    nice day


    18 May 12 at 7:51 am

  20. This is SUPER COOL

    Aziz Ali

    27 Jun 12 at 4:24 pm

  21. Wow! I am totally impressed. You have a great project in your hands. Hope you can continue it and make something really big. This can be totally powerful and clearly compete with other products like Prezi. Best wishes, and if you want we can integrate it in our website to let user share their presentations :)


    3 Jul 12 at 1:16 pm

  22. Hi,

    and wow !!! amazing, impressive. Really: ergonomics, design, great !

    I just had the same idea and surfing the net, i found your website and impressionnist.

    I think you develop it better I never will do !

    I will try to find some time to test it and to fill the issues on github.

    Cheers !


    5 Sep 12 at 10:09 pm

  23. Wow!This is the best tool ever!


    21 Sep 12 at 2:38 am

  24. Interesting tool — do not see scale changes in chrome; is this intentional?

    Dave Edelhart

    8 Oct 12 at 10:18 pm

  25. Really impressive!

    Just a small comment for you to know that even french guys like your work!


    20 Oct 12 at 3:20 pm

  26. This is really great tool that I was looking for. By the way I have two questions…

    1. Is there any way to include pictures on local computers ? I want to use the downloaded zip file in off-line mode.

    2. Is there any way to use system fonts which are installed in my PC. In WYSWIG mode, I can see Korean characters but when I download zip file and open it in Chrome browser, all the Korean characters are crashed so I had to open the html file in notepad and changed font-family in manually.

    Hee-Sun Kim

    20 Dec 12 at 7:47 am

  27. Hi

    I am impressed :) thanks for making this available to us. It is really easy to use and very powerful. Hope you’ll find some time to make it a bit more stable.

    Regards from Switzerland


    26 Feb 13 at 5:41 pm

  28. Hey!!! Great work! I’ve downloaded from HitHub, but when I run Impressionist in my PC, says it’s Impressionist Alpha1. The readme file inside the zip says “The current version is alpha 3″
    What am I doing wrong?


    24 Apr 13 at 6:20 pm

  29. Hey
    Thanks for this ! Been trying to build something like this but failed :D . Impressed with this and your music :) .


    29 Apr 13 at 2:13 pm

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