# [OS X TeX] Follow-up on Powerdot

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Sun Feb 3 15:07:26 EST 2008

At 5:06 PM -0600 2/2/08, David Kaplan wrote:
>Thanks to those who responded.  Forgive my newbieness here, but I am
>using TeXShop.  Is there a way to configure TeXShop to get to
>Powerdot?  I believe this is through TeXLive, but as a newcomer to

Dear David, it seems from your question that you may not have much
experience with LaTeX generally.  Since you mentioned MacTeX, I
assume that you have installed the whole MacTeX package, and not just
TeXShop by itself.

Powerdot is a document class, which means that you use it by creating
a document which looks like this:

%!TEX TS-program = latex
\documentclass{powerdot}
\begin{document}
\begin{slide}{Slide Title}
Some text in the slide.

Some more text in the slide.
\end{slide}
\end{document}

Since powerdot uses PSTricks to do its magic, it MUST use latex+dvips
to for typesetting (i.e. it can't use pdflatex). (This isn't actually
made very obvious in the documentation.)

In TeXShop, this means that the default typesetting settings won't
work for your powerdot documents.  The easiest way to solve this is
to put

%!TEX TS-program = latex

as the first line of your document, which tells TeXShop to use
latex+dvips for this particular file (as I did above).

If you cut and paste the above document into a TeXShop file and
typeset it, it should compile with no errors.

The instructions that I gave you earlier were to get you to the
documentation for powerdot, which will tell you how to use it.

To access the documentation for latex packages it is useful to use
the Unix command "texdoc".  To use it, you need to open up the
Terminal (which from the Finder is inside Applications/Utilities)

Then you can type

texdoc powerdot

and that should open up a PDF document containing the documentation.
I assume you tried this, but when you tried to compile your document
(using pdflatex) it failed.  Hopefully this should get you going now.

specific questions about how powerdot itself works, but there may be
others here who can.

Alan

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