This is what I use for giving simple, quick-to-produce presentations. Rather than fighting with keynote or powerpoint for hours, i can whip up a presentation in minutes using markdown.
Demo and usage
Check out a demo here. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to switch between slides.
You can reload the presentation at any time - staying on the same slide number - by pressing the spacebar.
You need to install this on a web server, otherwise it won't be able to open the presentation.md file via AJAX. So, if you're on a Mac, copy it to your ~/Sites/MyPresentation folder. Then open your web browser to http://localhost/~myusername/MyPresentation/Presenter.html.
On Linux or Mac you have also likely Python installed and can start
its built-in web server in this directory by running
python -m SimpleHTTPServer.
The presentation.md file is where you put your presentation. All you need to do to separate slides is a paragraph with an exclamation mark, eg:
This is a slide Blah blah blah ! This is another slide Yada yada yada
How it works
Presenter.html fetches the
presentation.md from the server via
Ajax, uses Showdown.js to
transform it into HTML, splits it on
<p>!</p> into individual
slides, and displays the current slide.
Note: Showdown supports custom extensions that can either replace parts of the content based on a regular expression or transform the whole text. There are some extensions already available, for example prettify that adds support for syntax highlighting or support for tables.
The current version of the bundled Showdown.js is 0.3.1 from Nov 2012.