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For a presentation I want to visualise the growth of a tree using a dissolving transition. Under Linux it works fine to use \transdissolve for that, Evince properly draws the transition.

Unfortunately, I am forced to give the talk using Windows with Adobe Reader 10. In that program, the transition is displayed not by dissolving, but by a strange square effect, where many small squares are drawn.

How can I get Adobe Reader to make the proper transition?

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I'm not sure this is going to be easy. Something with a animate involving TikZ overlays of varying opacities? – Seamus May 17 '11 at 11:15
The way \transdissolve works is it puts a special command in the PDF that the reader interprets. What you're seeing is Acrobat Reader's interpretation of "dissolve." So I'm not sure it's possible to trick it into something else. – Matthew Leingang May 17 '11 at 12:28
Is the reader maybe mixing up the command with another one? Meaning that another transition command might do just what I want? – Ingo May 17 '11 at 13:21
No real answer to your question: You could use Impressive instead of Adobe Reader for your presentation - it's a highly customizable presentation program for Windows/Linux/Mac with a variety of page transitions and other useful features. – diabonas May 19 '11 at 15:01
I second using impressive. Although it's not always an option if you're not using your own computer... – Seamus Jun 22 '11 at 11:49
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Try using \transfade instead of \transdissolve. It doesn't seem to be documented in the beamer manual (yet?), but it works nevertheless and produces a nice, soft transition in Adobe Reader X.

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