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I recently had to persuade a fellow student that you can create beautiful presentations with LaTeX and beamer. Luckily, I already had some examples. But I'm sure that there are better presentations, not necesarily done with beamer but with TeX and related systems. I remembered that I saw some beautiful examples in other questions. So I would like to get a persuasive list of presentations so that I can simply send people who are in doubt about the power of TeX to these answers.

Which beautiful presentations done with TeX and related systems do you know?

Please add

  • at least one screenshot (I guess one of the title page and an example page with width 300px would be good),
  • a link to the complete source code (if possible)
  • and a link to the rendered PDF (when you like, I could add it to my examples on GitHub)
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LaTeX + beamer is not always the best choice for presentations. There are other options we well......for example ConTeXt :) – Aditya Mar 28 '13 at 19:17
@Aditya yes, I was thinking exactly the same since this question was opened. It would be nice to have a showcase of beautiful presentations, not necessarily done using beamer. – Gonzalo Medina Mar 28 '13 at 19:21
Look at the files ending with -s.pdf at Pragma Ade's website. I use ConTeXt for most my presentations as well (see here). In general, it is much easier for me to get the look that I want with ConTeXt than with LaTeX + beamer. – Aditya Mar 28 '13 at 19:23
@Aditya and Gonzalo Medina: I've changed the title. I wasn't aware of other LaTeX-like possibilities to produce presentations. I know that you can create astonishing presentations with impressive.js, but that would be off-topic for this site. – moose Mar 28 '13 at 19:26
would it be ok to also share links where beamer themes can be downloaded like this? – domenico Mar 29 '13 at 7:47

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LaTeX beamer

I've written a short introduction to LaTeX beamer.

Here are some better themes that the standard ones (thanks dcmst).

English language course

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  • Source (Not complete, as my university doesn't allow me to publish the theme :-/ )
  • Rendered PDF

Tutorial for programming

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  • Source: Currently not available, I'm sorry
  • Rendered PDF
  • What's nice in this presentation: Source code was saved included only by giving a path to the source file.

ICPC Presentation

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  • Source
  • Rendered PDF (Logo was created with instacode)
  • What's nice in this presentation:
    • The visualization of the graph algorithms are done with TikZ
    • Four people could work simultaneously on the presentation with no overhead
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Answering your own question? – Marc van Dongen Mar 28 '13 at 19:25
@Marc: Why not? He said in the question that he had some examples, but was looking for better ones. – Hendrik Vogt Mar 28 '13 at 19:40
@MarcvanDongen: I didn't ask for better examples than mine. I've asked for more good examples. – moose Mar 30 '13 at 12:45
@MarcvanDongen: The idea was to give a template for answers that others could use: A title (e.g. Context), perhaps some links that give introductions to pages how you can create presentations with the package (Context, beamer or what else there might be), screenshots that show how it could look like, links to rendered PDFs to get a more detailed impression and perhaps a hint why people might want to try the certainly more complex TeX* approach than just simply using Powerpoint. – moose Mar 30 '13 at 19:58
Also, this allows me to send this question and answer to people who ask me "Why don't we just use Powerpoint for our presentation?" – moose Mar 30 '13 at 19:59

Currently I'm working on my own XeLaTeX Beamer Template. It isn't finished yet, especially the colortheme has to be overworked. My goal was to make it as minimalistic as possible without losing to much information like the section name and the page counter.

Here are some screens (from an example presentation):

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You can get the source code and all previews from github.

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Sometimes I give presentations at local PechaKucha events. Pecha Kucha is a form of presentation with strict rules: you have 20 slides and every slide appears for exact 20 seconds.

Unfortuntely they use PowerPoint. So I create my slides in LaTeX, convert the single pdf-pages into png-files and use them pictures as fullscreen pictures in a PowerPoint presentation.

Doing that I follow the rules I talked about when answering this question: Make beamer not look like beamer

Most important rule: you are the presentation - the presentation should be useless without your talk.

Here are some of the slides from my last PK-presentation:

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Do you mind to share your sources ? I would be interested in them. – Ludovic Kuty Jun 30 at 7:40
Impressive. Would also appreciate to have a look at the source files. – s__C Oct 30 at 9:58
Sorry, forgot to answer. The presentation is about making fun of a political flyer I found in my letterbox. I'm afraid the source doesn't look that impressive. It is just positioning of pics and textboxes and some commercial fonts. I'm not sure about the copyright of the pictures. Would you accept, if I put the sources without any pics in my dropbox? Could also provide a link to a presentation video so you'll have an impression how the finished presentation was supposed to look even if you don't have the pics. – schmendrich Nov 4 at 10:34
@schmendrich of course, just the source would be more than fine. – s__C Nov 15 at 10:42
The source without the images: and a video of the presentation:… – schmendrich Nov 19 at 9:32

elsdoc-screen.pdf, the slides that accompany the elsarticle package, are quite stunning imo. They're not on CTAN (there's another beautiful A4 doc that uses grid, I think), you can find them on River Valley's wiki, together with the A4 version. There's also the source for the A4, but not for the presentation, I've mailed them a request for it and I'll post it here if I can.

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This presentation I've found on a related question uses the pdfscreen package (of which existence Ignasi here below made me aware). A photograph by Ansel Adams is so sure-shot for a beautiful title page it's almost cheap.

Jean-luc Doumont, author of Trees, maps, and theorems, has a few presentation on his site. This is one I found interesting (and quite beautiful):
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I guess the title will draw some attention :-) You can find it here.

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Just a guess. They are probably done with some tool similar to pdfscreen authored by CV Radhakrishnan from River Valley Technologies – Ignasi Jun 16 at 10:52

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