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I have a couple of questions,

  1. When I run powerdot, my pdf file contains an extra page before title page with the word preamble of bottom left, how can I get rid of it?

  2. In addition to the style files that are discussed in the powerdot manual (version 1.4h), I have seen a couple of others on the internet including jena and umass amherst styles. Are there any other slides out there? Is there a site that collects all these additional styles?

  3. Does there exist a style that offers blocks (theorems, lemmas, exercises, etc.) similar to those offered in beamer? jena has blocks and exercises but those are not adequate. I am looking for a general block structure similar to beamer that can be used in all (or many) powerdot styles.

  4. Is powerdot currently maintained and developed?

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On this Q&A side it's better to write single questions instead of listing several questions at once, even if they are related. –  Stefan Kottwitz Sep 3 '11 at 19:33
Update your powerdot version and posting the same question in several groups at the same time is not a good choice ... –  Herbert Sep 3 '11 at 21:24
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  1. The most current version of powerdot (1.4h) does not yield this problem. However, since you mention that you are running the most current version, it may be unrelated to powerdot. For example, even compiling the following MWE

    \begin{slide}{a slide}
      Contents of the slide.
    \section{first section}
    \begin{slide}{another slide}
      Contents of the slide.
    \begin{note}{personal note}
      The note.
    \section{the end}


    powerdot MWE

    Note that powerdot produces graphics made by pstricks and therefore require a latex->dvips->pstopdf (or xelatex) compilation sequence.

  2. powerdot provides 15 different styles, in addition to the default:

    • default (shown above) - it comes in 6 different palettes: blue (default), red, green, yellow, brown and purple

    • simple

    • tycja

    • ikeda

    • fyma (based on prosper) - it comes in 5 different palettes: blue (default), green, gray, brown and orange

    • ciment (converted from prosper)

    • elcolors

    • aggie (converted from prosper)

    • husky

    • sailor - it comes with 5 different palettes: Sea (default), River, Wine, Chocolate and Cocktail

    • upen

    • bframe

    • horatio

    • paintings - it comes in 10 different palettes based on paintings: Syndics (default), Skater, GoldenGate, Lamentation, HolyWood, Europa, Moitessier, MayThird, PearlEarring and Charon

    • klope - it comes in 4 different palettes: Spring (default), PastelFlower, BlueWater and BlackWhite

    • jefka - it comes in 4 different palettes: brown (default), seagreen, blue and white

    • pazik - it comes in 2 different palettes: red (default) and brown

    All the above in-house styles can be viewed on this powerdot gallery page, or by viewing chapter 7 Available styles of the powerdot documentation (page 22). Then there are some alternative style that have been created but is not shipped with powerdot:

    Most styles are custom-made and there is no powerdot style repository, as far as I know. However, the powerdot documentation describes how to generate your own (see chapter 9 Creating your own style, page 28). Or you could just start with an existing template (one of the above) and modifying it to suit your needs. Moreover, a powerdot mailing list exists in the style of a mailing forum.

  3. Since the Jena style already provides a at least two blocks (as is visible in the Jena demo, I would suggest taking that as your starting point to develop your own blocks. Or, consider viewing the other custom styles above and see how the modifications are defined. Since powerdot relies on the graphical components of pstricks, the pstricks documentation is a good point of reference on the type of modifications that are out there.

  4. Herbert Voss is the current maintainer of powerdot. In general, to see who the active maintainers of a package/class is, visit the corresponding CTAN mirror. In this case you'll notice:

    powerdot package information on CTAN

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you do not need the sequence latex->dvips->ps2pdf, because running xelatex is also possible. And where is the sense to copy the complete contents from a webpage instead of providing a link? –  Herbert Sep 10 '11 at 6:27
@Herbert: Sorry, forgot about xelatex. I sometimes find that providing an image of something (a web page, or a graphic of the output, whatever) provides immediate context, and is therefore sensible. Moreover, reference to powerdot's home on CTAN is given throughout the post. –  Werner Sep 10 '11 at 6:35
@Herbert: This running the example with xelatex does not work (see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/29607/…). –  Caramdir Sep 27 '11 at 4:04
@Carambir: you are right, there is a problem with the hyperref part, will see what I can do ... –  Herbert Sep 27 '11 at 6:32
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Regarding your question 4.: powerdot is currently maintained by Herbert Voss, who is an active LaTeX developer and author. The current version is 1.4h of 2011/05/17.

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