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With HolyCow you can generate online, web-based (DHTML, PDF) course materials from XML in a flexible and powerful way. To learn more read these HolyCow!-generated slides.

See also www.cowcatcher.org to see how we use HolyCow! to produce Java course materials.

Download

See sourceforge.net/projects/cowcatcher (under 'Files').

Why

Once you get used to using HolyCow! (as we have) you will never want to go back to PowerPoint or hacking some HTML slides. Ever went somewhere with your PowerPoint presentation and found that they had an incompatible version, or that fonts were missing ? With HolyCow! you can directly put your slides online and travel light.

Other advantages illustrate some of the capabilities:

  • complete:includes all that belongs to a course (not just slides, but also labs, examples, resources etc)

  • integrated: integrate your code examples and labs within the slides (no copy/paste)

  • web-enabled output

  • reuse: reuse lessons/modules for tailor-made courses

  • multi-skin: change look and feel (logos, colors, buttons) instantaneously

  • multi-platform: all XML and Java, output is HTML and PDF

  • powerful DHTML browsing through Just Objects XMenu (hierarchical list) or plain HTML with -lite option

  • PowerPoint-presentation-like slide change with keystrokes (type 'h' in a slide for help)

  • local browsing of generated materials, no need to run a server

  • include applets in your slides (especially for the Java folks)

  • meta info: generate flyer and program content

  • catalog: generate catalog and planning for larger projects

  • joint projects: combine with CVS to work together on materials

Audience

The main audience for HolyCow! are developers of course materials, although you can also put your photo album online. See e.g. www.skeeler.org

Documentation

Documentation is included with the download. To learn more read these HolyCow!-generated slides.

Applications

HolyCow! has many possible uses. You may want to use only the generated slides.

  • Course materials for any type of course (not just Java)

  • Business presentations (why not ?)

  • Photo albums

  • Product documentation

  • Technical websites

Credits

HolyCow was inspired by earlier work on Koala and XSL Slide Maker by Jeremy Calles.

Download

See sourceforge.net/projects/cowcatcher (under 'Files').

Related Tools

See XBook.

Contact

Author: Just van den Broecke.

Contributors: Gerald de Jong. Jacco Kok.

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