PowerLine: a free SVG Slideshow Creator
with LaTex support


PowerLine is a software for creating slide presentations — like Microsoft Powerpoint, LibreOffice, or Latex Beamer. Unlike these,

In addition, PowerLine has native support for LaTex, meaning that

See example



How it works

PowerLine running on a Macbook
PowerLine is a tool to create SVG slide presentations. You can also create SVG images or SVG posters. The graphical user interface of PowerrLine looks similar to Microsoft Powerpoint. You just drag-and-drop text, images, and shapes into the slide. You can also add math formulas in Latex, which are then rendered in the original Latex math font. This requires neither a Latex installation nor a font installation. Slides are automatically saved. If you want, you can export the slides also as TEX, HTML, or TIKZ files.

To view a PowerLine presentation, you do not need any particular software. The presentations can be viewed directly in a browser — in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera. The presentations can either be viewed online over the Internet, or copied onto a computer and viewed off-line, without Internet connection.

Technical Details

An SVG slide presentation is a set of SVG files, where each file is one slide. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is the W3C standard for vector graphics. It can be displayed in any major modern browser.

PowerLine is programmed in Java, so that it runs on Mac as well as on Windows PC computers.

PowerLine can export the drawings to TIKZ files. The TIKZ files can then be included in Latex documents. PowerLine can also export the entire presentation into TEX. If you have LaTex installed, you can compile the TEX to PDF right away.

As an experimental feature, PowerLine can export the drawings to SVG fonts. For this purpose, every slide has to contain one character drawing. Thus, PowerLine can be used to design SVG fonts. To convert these fonts to truetype, use the SVG to TTF font converter.

PowerLine comes with its own font, Fabiana. If you create a slideshow in PowerLine, the Fabiana Font is included as a WOFF file in the folder of the presentation, and referenced as a font-face from each SVG file. If you create a single image in PowerLine, the Fabiana Font is embedded as path elements into the SVG file. You can also use other fonts, such as Arial, Times New Roman, or the more generic “serif” and “sans-serif”. For compatibility reasons, the latter two are to be preferred.

Terms and Conditions

PowerLine was programmed by Fabian M. Suchanek. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License. This means you can use the editor for free. The license does not restrict the use of the editor, but it does REJECT ALL WARRANTIES AND GUARANTEES WHATSOEVER FOR THIS PRODUCT. This is not a professional program, but a personal tool. It may be useful to you — or not. PowerLine does not use any external libraries. The current version of the program is 2018-08-24.

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Try it out

  1. Download PowerLine to your computer
  2. Unzip the file you downloaded
  3. Install Java if you do not have it already
  4. Start powerline.jar by double clicking on that file
See example