QPrompt, Imaginary Teleprompter’s spiritual successor

Sunday, January 2, 2022


QPrompt, The Next Generation

After more than a year of development, my new teleprompter software, QPrompt 1.0.0 is out with the new year.

QPrompt is a new program that was designed from scratch to avoid the limiting factors across all of Imaginary Teleprompter’s variations. It has a better architecture than Imaginary Teleprompter and, more importantly, it opens the doors to add features that already proved impossible to develop as part of Imaginary Teleprompter.

Some of features that distinguish QPrompt from Imaginary are:

  • Traditional file management dialogs
  • Works with studio teleprompters, tablet teleprompters, webcams and phones
  • Pastes from other software without hassle
  • Fluid motion, jitter free experience
  • You can make changes while prompting
  • Prompt to multiple screens, with independent mirror configurations
  • Background transparency allows you to monitor yourself or your audience as you speak
  • Estimates remaining time for you
  • Windowed mode
  • Better start and end positions
  • Supports writing systems of over 180 languages out of the box
  • Allows using system fonts for even more writing options
  • Its user interface transforms itself for use with RTL languages
  • Customizable inputs
  • List of markers
  • Runs on Android, and on mobile Linux devices
  • Access to system fonts (Windows, macOS, and Linux only)
  • QPrompt is native software, making it many times more performant while still having room for more features

QPrompt also provides a replacement for every mayor feature in Imaginary Teleprompter out of the box including:

  • Rich text editing
  • Mirroring
  • Chronometer
  • Adjustable reading region
  • Customizable background
  • Full screen mode
  • Text searching
  • Named and nameless markers

The few features that haven’t made it, and might not make it in are:

  • LATEX math equation editor
  • The ability to import images
  • The ability to create tables
  • Option to view HTML source code
  • HTML DOM breadcrumbs
  • Ability to change the color of the prompter’s overlay

Because of these, some of you might wish to continue using Imaginary Teleprompter, and I’ve got you covered.

The future of Imaginary Teleprompter

If you’ve followed Imaginary Teleprompter’s development, you’ll realize we were working on a version 3.0 that never came out. We stopped working on that version when we realized performance was considerately worse than with all previous versions of Imaginary Teleprompter. The code base to that version still exists and can be found in the v3.0 branch at GitHub. Nevertheless, we decided to scratch it and create a new version based off the 2.x code, which is Imaginary Teleprompter 4.

Imaginary Teleprompter 4 will be the last mayor version of Imaginary Teleprompter. It will bring native Wayland support on Linux and native arm64 binaries for M1 Macs. It also brings a few features similar to QPrompt’s, but I will not be actively developing new features for Imaginary Teleprompter, instead I will incorporate any contributions the community makes, as long as these work or can be made work on all supported operating systems (those being Windows, macOS, and Linux only).

You’re welcome to use and contribute to either project. But please be aware the main reason Imaginary Teleprompter will continue to receive this limited support is to ease the transition to QPrompt for those who find Imaginary Teleprompter better suited for their use cases. If you feel this is the case with you, please send me your feedback.