[OS X TeX] preferred tool for presentations
cmenzel at tamu.edu
Mon Dec 11 19:03:34 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.
> [ . . . snip . . . ]
> 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
> 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 . . .
And thus together we demonstrate that choice of software is a matter
of individual needs and sensibilities! :-)
Re fitting more on the slide -- I find that, after highlighting
everything on a slide with Cmd-a, Cmd-<hyphen>/Cmd-+ give you very
nice fine-grained control over text size. All fonts on the slide are
adjusted proportionally in fine increments, letting you depart
quickly and easily from the initial defaults (which of course are
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