If you just want to display a word or a short, possibly multi-line, text as
large and as quickly as possible on your screen, then
screen-message is the
right too for you. It has been used already twice at a Debian conference for
screen-message runs on Linux and Windows and there is an online version on http://sm.nomeata.de/.
Get it from your distribution with
apt install sm
or install it from this source repository, if you know how to do these things.
Get the latest windows installer from my webpage. The windows installer lags behind a few versions; let me know if you need a new version.
Screen Message will display a given multi-line message as large as possible, fullscreen and black on white. You can specify the text either when launching sm, or edit it while the program is running.
After a short timeout, the text entry and the quit button will disappear, leaving nothing on the screen but the entered text. To continue entering text, just start typing or (left-)click anywhere on the screen.
To clear the displayed text, press Escape.
To invert the colors of the text and the background, press Ctrl-I.
To quit the program, press Ctrl-Q, or Escape twice, or click the “Quit”-button.
[ text | - ]
Text to display at start up. Defaults to ":-)". If "-" is passed to sm, it will read the text to display from the standard input, see REMOTE CONTROLLING SM.
Define a different color to use for the foreground of the text to display than black. The text string can be in any of the forms accepted by XParseColor; these include name for a color from rgb.txt, such as DarkSlateGray, or a hex specification such as #3050b2 or #35b.
Define a different color to use for the background of the text to display than white. For possible values, see above.
Switch the roles for foreground and background colors. Useful if you prefer white-on-black.
Define a different font to use than the default sans-serif font of your system. The fontspec be the complete name for a truetype font (like "DejaVu Sans" or "Bitstream Vera Serif") or just a short font family specification ("serif", "sans-serif").
Rotates the display by rotation * 90 degrees counter-clock-wise. So
-r 1rotates the display to the left, and
-r 2puts it upside down.
Aligns the text centered (
-a 0), left (
-a 1) or right (
End option parsing. This is used to be able to actually hand over text that starts of with an dash.
This option will give you a short usage message summarizing the recognized options and quits.
This prints the project name together with its version number quits.
If sm is called with
- as a command line argument, it will read the text to be shown
from the standard input. It will read the input until it reaches the end of the file, or
the line form character
\f, and show the input read so far at once. Newline characters
at the beginning or the end are ignored. The input is assumed to be UTF-8 encoded.
This can be used to create automatic displays of changing data or similar tricks. For example, the following command will create a simple digital watch:
(while sleep 1; do date +%T; printf '\f'; done) | sm -
Use the GitHub issue tracker or write to Joachim Breitner <firstname.lastname@example.org>.