I need to setup my desktop in a very particular way, for use during lectures:
_____________________________________________ | 5 minutes 3 seconds left 12:48 pm | <-- a top bar displaying count-down timers, clock |_____________________________________________| | | | | This displays | This area is | | a list of | remaining for a | <-- basically any other application window gets this | day's object- | PDF viewer to show | right-hand corner to be displayed in | ives. | the presentation. | | | | |_______________|_____________________________| | The mid-term exam will be 3/22 @ rm. 2. | <-- a small bottom panel for other information |_____________________________________________|
I will run a BASH script that changes the values of the text in the top, left, and bottom panels. E.g. it checks what time it is, then calculates the count-down clock text; or at certain times it might display other reminders, change color, blink, play a bell, etc. Or, e.g. the BASH script checks which date it is, then grabs my list of objectives from a spreadsheet for display in the left-side panel.
What I'm trying to find is a simple program that helps me create the boxes to display the text values on-screen, in a nice font. Ideally, the BASH script updates some environmental variable, and the application checks the value every few seconds, updating the display.
- Ideally, the app should not require huge dependencies, such as GNOME or KDE.
- If the app cannot handle the positioning of the information, I could use a tiling window manager to handle placement.
What application can I use to create on-screen text boxes displaying information during a presentation?