Electronic Presentations Using pdfLaTeX
Write the talk
Write. For a basic talk with no buttons and no frills, use
this template: talk.tex.
The template produces: talk.pdf.
You'll also need to place the following style/format files in your working
directory or somewhere in your path:
Graphics should be jpg, png, or pdf. The sample graphic
for the template was produced in xfig and stored as jpg. The xfig
format file is figure.fig and the
jpg version is figure.jpg. Sometimes png or
pdf graphics will be less grainy than jpg graphics.
To convert postscript or other formats to forms readable by pdflatex,
use the convert command. To fix resolution, you may want the -density
option, which can be used to specify 300 dpi, for example.
If graphics need to be clipped to size, xv can be used to delineate
a specific region.
Display the talk
Use ctrl-L to toggle between small format and full screen.
Use return, up arrow, and down arrow to move through the file.
example: December 2005 example
Why do this?
Here are some reasons why you might produce a talk with pdflatex rather
than using popular proprietary software:
- In order to prepare a talk on a unix/linux system without having to
transfer files to a different operating system.
- In order to avoid purchasing and/or troubleshooting proprietary
electronic presentation software or emulators of proprietary presentation
- In order to create a document with fixed fonts that will not reformat
itself when it is transferred between different operating systems (e.g. Mac
Sarah Gille, 2002, 2003