# Flashy text in beamer presentation

I'm creating a beamer presentation and I'm looking after some effects I could include to make my work more attractive. Is there a way to make a flashy text? I'm thinking about an alarm clock: you know when it rings the time appears, disapears, appears, disapears, ect.

On the other hand, I've seen other effects such as a text which gradually disappear (effect of fading).

It appears PSTricks may enable anyone to do something like that but would you have an exemple of code for both cases?

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Do you know this question: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/55216/…? Perhaps you can use it as an inspiration – samcarter Sep 9 '13 at 17:17

Flashing text example:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{animate}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\begin{animateinline}[autoplay,nomouse,loop]{1.4}
\strut Flashing\newframe[2.8] % [2.8] --> pause 1/2 as long as visible phase
\end{animateinline} text.
\end{frame}
\end{document}

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Great, there is a dedicated package for such things. – abel413 Sep 9 '13 at 20:30
I like this very much. Can you explain why \newframe[2.8] a bit more? – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Jan 17 at 21:01
@Dr. The initial frame rate is 1.4/s. Thus the first frame with the text is shown for 1/1.4 s = 0.714 seconds. Command \newframe takes an optional frame rate argument. [2.8] speeds up the animation for the following frames (there is only the one second empty frame) which will last only 1/2.8 s = 0.357 s. Thus, as the comment says, the text is visible twice as long as it is invisible which is more eye-pleasing. – AlexG Jan 18 at 8:00
@AlexG Thanks for the explanation. – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Jan 18 at 17:42