[OS X TeX] preferred tool for presentations

Adam Goldstein adam.goldstein at jhu.edu
Mon Dec 11 18:39:29 EST 2006

Christopher Menzel wrote:
>> If you want to move away from tex-based tools, you may try Keynote. 
>> You can import latex math very easily by cut-and-paste from a pdf file.
> I'm surprised no one has recommended this yet.  Keynote is cheap, 
> exceedingly easy to use, and makes terrific presentations. 

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Keynote is preferable to PP, because it produces more beautiful 
presentations, and its transitions are smoother and prettier. I think it 
is also simpler to use, particularly for the Mac user.

Nonetheless, I think that Beamer produces superior presentations, 
because you can fit more on a page more clearly. With Keynote, as with 
PP, I find myself compressing what I have to say into short phrases, so 
that they fit on the Keynote slide. Like PP, Keynote automatically 
formats the size for you, starting with a pretty big size. Beamer lays 
out the page better, so you can fit more onto the slide.

I think that this is what Tufte says you shouldn't do, "dumb down" your 
presentation because of the presentation software. As much as 
partisanship toward Apple makes me want to say that this doesn't happen 
with Keynote, I feel that I am forced to sacrifice content for form with 
it. Perhaps someone else would do better.

My $0.02 . . .


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