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The Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs

The Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs

Posted Sep 14, 2004 19:25 UTC (Tue) by dhess (guest, #7827)
In reply to: The Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs by mmarsh
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs

Here's my presentation software of choice:

http://latex-beamer.sourceforge.net/

The Debian package is named 'latex-beamer'.

The output is beautiful, it's well documented, and I love being able to prepare a presentation in Xemacs. acroread makes a pretty decent presentation app, too, which I didn't know until I tried it. My only gripes are related to PDF, not LaTeX-Beamer itself: I don't like opaque binary file formats and I wish I could use something like ggv instead of acroread for the presentations, but for me, anyway, ggv just doesn't work very well on many PDF files.

I believe you can produce formats other than PDF, anyway, but I recall having some problems when I tried that and I was rushed for time.

I used this software for a presentation I gave back in March, after having tried Pointless two years ago at SIGGRAPH. Pointless isn't bad, and it's a lot more quick-and-dirty, but the output of LaTeX-Beamer is much nicer.

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The Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs

Posted Sep 14, 2004 20:38 UTC (Tue) by lamikr (guest, #2289) [Link]

And latex-beamer with Lyx...

The Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs

Posted Sep 14, 2004 23:08 UTC (Tue) by tzafrir (subscriber, #11501) [Link]

try xpdf instead of acroread

The Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs

Posted Sep 15, 2004 21:13 UTC (Wed) by twiens (guest, #12274) [Link]

I must agree with the general comment that LaTeX merits inclusion as a tool to be considered. I'm using LaTeX with R, Python, and PostgreSQL to run some involved data analysis. In a matter of days I was able to script and run work that would have taken months to do manually. From this report output I was very easily able to use graphs and extract text into a very usuable presentation using the FoilTeX library for LaTeX in a matter of hours.

Thanks for the introduction to LaTeX beamer; it looks like a nice package which I'm sure I'll use in the future.


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