[OS X TeX] preferred tool for presentations

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Dec 19 08:30:09 EST 2006

Le 19 déc. 06 à 08:47, Oliver Buerschaper a écrit :

>> I'm surprised no one has recommended this yet.  Keynote is cheap,
>> exceedingly easy to use, and makes terrific presentations.  Using
>> TeXShop you can select  an equation from a PDF file and drag it
>> directly into your presentation (great for preparing a presentation
>> quickly from an existing paper) or use the excellent little app
>> LaTeXiT to render LaTeX math code into a little PDF graphic that you
>> can likewise drag into your presentation:
> Actually I wouldn't recommend this combination at all if you need  
> to typeset anything but simple formulas!
> True, you can always render the equations externally and then paste  
> them into Keynote but this has serious downsides:
> [...]
> 3. once you pasted an equation it's no longer editable

Untrue. In case you're using LaTeXiT, the LaTeX code for the equation  
(including preamble) is stored as a comment within the PDF file and  
is available for further editing. Copy the equation from within  
Keynote, paste it in a LaTeXiT window: suddenly the LaTeX code is  
there, ready for editing. I use this all the time for my presentations.

In Keynote 2, there is a Keynote LinkBack Plugin <http:// 
commons.ucalgary.ca/~king/projects/keynoteplugins/linkback/> such  
that, with it, you simply double-click the equation in Keynote and it  
opens automagically in LaTeXiT. The plugin seems to never have been  
updated for Keynote 3, and you have accordingly to perform this copy/ 
paste business. This reminds me of good ole days writing my PhD  
thesis with MacWrite II and Expressionist ;-)

Bruno Voisin
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