[OS X TeX] preferred tool for presentations
vivrii at gmail.com
Mon Dec 11 04:46:58 EST 2006
On 12/11/06, Christoph Bauer <chrisbau at gmx.de> wrote:
> Am 11.12.2006 um 09:31 schrieb Friedrich Vosberg:
> > Morning.
> > Which tool would you suggest for making presentations? I've never
> > before made a presentation, because most presentations are very
> > boring and so I gave my lectures without slides. But now I have to
> > make a presentation with slides, and there is no way to avoid it.
> > I took a look at beamer. But it seems a mighty package, not for
> > make quickly and dirty a presentation in a few hours.
> > What would you suggest? I heard about powerdot.
> If you want it just quick an dirty there is no need to dive into
> anything. It is always very easy to present any series of pdf-files
> via Apple's Preview.app and its presentation mode. As long as you
> follow the rules (big letters, very few words per page/slide), you
> can even use Apple's TextEdit or MS Word (sorry about the m-word).
What about using correct fonts (ss is beter, math italics is almost
the worst). Beamer and any good package take care about this.
I have seen pretty many M$ PP presentation and they always used wrong
fonts. Leave alone equations grabbed from LaTeX: in math italics in
the white triangles (M$ interpretation of transparent) and with sloped
straight lines and with circles looking like saws and gears
respectively (M$ does not understand vector graphics).
Right now beamer is an expert choice. During last year I have seen
tons of them. On the rehearsal of PhD defense after watching some
crappy presentation it is enough to say to the candidate: "If you want
to see me again on the real defense, use beamer, not this crap" and
very soon they come with not extremely sophisticated but pretty good
Only remarks: everyone (save few eXperts) uses default theme and I am
tired of blues. So if you want to impress either pick up another
theme, better not in a blue (CambridgeUS f.e.), or select different
colortheme (wolverine or crane are my personal favorites). Note: in
older versions of beamer there are fewer themes and they are named
differently. Take care to have 3.06
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> Good luck!
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Victor Ivrii, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
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