Getting Started

    What is Markdown?

    Markdown is a simple syntax to format plain text. It allows you to create structured documents with just a few modifiers. Here’s an example:

    # Headline indicates a first level title.

    ## Subheader a second level title.

    What Markdown syntax is supported? And what will it look like?

    Please refer to our cheat sheet for an overview of the available markdown syntax and the resulting effects in Deckset. You can also access it directly from the Help menu within the app.

    Do I need to know how to code?

    No, you definitely don’t need to be a coder. Markdown is a very simple way of formatting text, which is used by millions of people without knowing how to code. We think you’ll be able to jump straight in, but if you want to familiarise yourself a little bit more and have ten minutes to spare, here’s a great intro to Markdown.

    Can I tweak or re-order my slides in Deckset?

    No. Deckset formats and presents your files. You can easily alter them in your Markdown file. You work directly in text. Deckset does the rest for you.

    Why does Deckset not have a built-in editor?

    It doesn’t need one — there are plenty of great text editors out there, and everybody has their favourite anyway. We want you to be able to work with what you’re used to and what you enjoy the most.

    What editors work well with Deckset?

    We personally use Sublime Text, TextMate, Chocolat, Mou and Writer Pro. Those are great. But others are great too. You can choose whatever editor you like. All you need is a Markdown text file.

    Can Deckset highlight my code?

    Yes! Simply wrap your code in three backticks (```). To add syntax highlighting, just add an optional language identifier. For example, to syntax-highlight Javascript code:

    function myFunction(){
    alert(“Hello World!”)

    See here for a complete list of all languages that are supported.

    What’s the best way to work with images in Deckset?

    We recommend you use web images in your presentations. You can simply paste the image’s URL into the standard Markdown syntax, or even easier, drag the image from the web onto the Deckset window. The Markdown is automatically created and copied to your clipboard.

    Images from the web will be downloaded to your computer and cached locally, so you don’t have to worry about having an Internet connection when you present.

    Using web images comes with one big advantage — you can easily share your files (your deck!) with other people, without having to worry about sending them the images as well.

    Tools like Dropbox or CloudApp are easy ways to bring your local images to the web and guarantee a smooth workflow with Deckset.

    Want to find out more about how to work with images in Deckset? Please refer to the “Working with Images” example presentation within Deckset.


    Can I build my own themes?

    Not yet. But we’re currently looking into a feature that will allow customization, so stay tuned for more details.

    Can I change the colours of a theme?

    Every theme comes with a couple of colour combinations. Currently, you cannot apply any other colour to the designs. This is how we make sure your slides always look good without you having to worry about it.

    Can I change the typeface of a theme?

    All themes are built around a specific typographic choice, you cannot change the typeface.

    There are some really cool things you can do to your type though. Try combining ‘emphasis’ and ‘strong’, or apply the [fit] modifier to any heading within a heading only slide.


    Does Deckset have a presenter display?


    How do I add presenter notes?

    To add a speaker note, simply add a ‘^’ in front of the text that you would like to appear on the presenter display.

    The presenter display is shown on the wrong screen. How can I change it?

    Go to presentation mode and hit ‘x’ on your keyboard. Per default, the presenter display always shows up on the same screen you have Deckset open on. Once you're in the presentation mode you can swap screen as described above.

    Do I need an internet connection to show a presentation that includes web images?

    No. When you include an image from the web in your Deckset presentation, it will automatically be downloaded to your computer and cached locally.


    Can I publish my Deckset presentation on Slideshare or Speakerdeck?

    Sure thing. Export a PDF and upload — just like you would do with a deck created in Keynote or PowerPoint.

    I want to send my presentation to somebody else, what’s the best way to do this?

    Does that somebody have Deckset? If so, just send them your text file and tell them which theme to apply. Web images will be retrieved and displayed automatically if they are online.

    If the people you want to share your deck with, do not have Deckset, just export a PDF and send them that.

    Pro tip: if you want to share presentations within your team, a cool way to keep everyone up to date with the latest version, is to store your text file on Dropbox. Thereby everybody can contribute changes and always has the most current version at hand without manual updates. Nice and easy.


    Deckset does not remember my theme choice. What to do?

    Deckset does store the theme choice as metadata to the file. In some cases, this information can get lost, e.g. in version control systems or when sending the file via email.

    To make sure the theme choice doesn’t get lost, you can include it at the very top of your Markdown file by adding theme: Fira. If you also want to specify the color choice, you can reference the number of the color swatch as it appears within Deckset e.g. theme: Fira, 3.

    I separated my content by “---” but Deckset shows it on one slide. What’s wrong?

    Check your blank lines. A new slide is defined by three dashes “---”, typed on a single line, with an empty line above and below:

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