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December 15, 2023

Turn your research into slides with Slide Mode and Reveal.js

Rachel Golden
Rachel Golden
Telling HackMD's story, building awareness, and meaningfully connecting with communities.

It’s easy to forget the many features and capabilities built within your HackMD Workspace. And we’re constantly working to improve your experience, adding and updating features.

In fact, a few weeks ago, we upgraded our Reveal.js functionality within HackMD. So today, we’re spotlighting a powerful tool that you have access to thanks to Reveal.js: Slide Mode.

What is Slide Mode?

First things first, Slide Mode is a seamless intergration within your HackMD Workspace that allows you to make slides directly from your notes.

With Slide Mode, you can create, present, and collaborate in-real time, sharing important information in a professional and sleek setting.

All it takes is three lines of code to create and separate your slides (shown below - it really is just three dashes sandwiches between two blank lines).

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And with that, you can toggle Slide Mode on from the Share button on the top right of your editor. For more info, you can dive into the Slide Mode tutorial here.

Our recent updates added new functionality to Slide Mode, including gradient backgrounds, scroll view, and the ability to jump to specific slides within your deck.

What is Reveal.js?

Slide Mode is only made possible with the help of Reveal.js. But what is it exactly?

Reveal.js is a powerful open source javascript framework used for creating presentations with markdown. Its flexibility and ease of use make it a top choice for individuals looking to craft visually captivating decks.

Now, imagine harnessing the strength of Reveal.js within the collaborative environment of HackMD – a platform already beloved for its simplicity in fostering collaboration. The result? A pairing that unlocks a world of possibilities.

Take your slides to the next level

1. Create professional and sleek decks for internal communication

Finished a campaign or project and need to share the results? Want to get internal buy-in for a new tool? Instead of sending over your standard document, you can take your work to the next level with Slide Mode, ensuring that internal communication is not only effective but also visually engaging.

Effortlessly transform your documents into slides without having to rebuild in a new program.

2. Seamlessly present research and findings at events

Imagine being able to seamlessly transition your meticulously prepared research or groundbreaking findings into an impactful presentation.

With Slide Mode, you can transform content into captivating slides, perfect for engaging audiences at events or conferences. The integration simplifies the process, allowing you to focus on delivering your message.

Once you’re ready to share your slides – either with colleagues, your community, or event organizers – you can share the presentation directly to them.

No need to waste time fumbling to get presentation mode started. No awkward silences or vamping. Simply click into the Share button at the top right of the screen, change the view mode to Slide Mode, then copy and share the link. Anyone accessing the note through the link will see the presentation ready to slide.

You can also hit review and proofread (read: admire ✨) your new presentation in the newly opened tab before sharing that link directly with others. They won’t see the editor, your notes, or worry about how to get the presentation mode started. Everyone can dive right in.

Whether it’s for feedback, collaboration, or simply showcasing your work, sharing these decks becomes as straightforward as a single link click.

Get started with Slide Mode in HackMD

The integration of Reveal.js Slide Mode embodies HackMD’s dedication to innovation, simplicity, and visual excellence. It’s not just about making presentations; it’s about elevating the entire experience of sharing ideas and information.

So, whether you’re an entrepreneur striving to impress investors or a researcher aiming to captivate a global audience, HackMD’s integration of Reveal.js Slide Mode empowers you with a new way to share information and collaborate with others.

We can’t wait to see what you create!