# [OS X TeX] Re: preferred tool for presentations

Luis Sequeira lfsequeira at fc.ul.pt
Wed Dec 13 13:37:07 EST 2006

>
> On 2006 Dec 11, at 8:14 PM, David Goldenberg wrote:
>
>> At various times, I have played around with beamer, prosper and
>> powerdot (an update to prosper), but I keep coming back to foiltex
>> for the simplicity of the resulting slides.
>>
>

Let me clarify that powerdot is NOT an update to prosper. It is an
altogether different documentclass
called HA-prosper that purported to add some features to prosper; but
then prosper was no longer maintained, and

> I've only done a few very short "slide shows" and found powerdot was
> just the right thing, esp. given the ability to have it generate
> several slides from one "page" such that each slide had different
> highlighting and the explanatory text at the bottom could change.
> Just my buck fitty. Maybe beamer could do that, but I found the
> learning curve way too steep. Somehow the way I thought about my
> presentation and the way powerdot was written just "fit". Your
> mileage will be different.
>
> --Doug
>
>

Let me add one vote for powerdot here... while beamer can probably do
everything that powerdot can (and some argue it can do more),
powerdot is extremely easy to use: if you know LaTeX (which of course
you do), you can start making great presentations in under 5 minutes.

\documentclass{powerdot}
\begin{document}
\begin{slide}{title}
stuff \pause more stuff \pause yet more stuff
\end{slide}
\begin{slide}{another slide}
...
\end{slide}
\end{document}

For me, a killer feature of powerdot is the handout mode, which, by
using a simple documentclass option, lets you produce great handouts
of your material (slides and/or notes),

And while Keynote would definitely win points in mere aesthetics
(think themes and transitions), for someone who's trying to convey
material with lots of LaTeX in it,
the all LaTeX workflow of powerdot (or beamer, for that matter) is
way much smoother - and the end result much more consistent (without
additional effort) than one would obtain
with Keynote.

Luis Sequeira