# Absolute positioning in beamer

It's easy to absolute position something using remember picture with TikZ, but it only works with pdfLaTeX.

I can get something working by using negative vskip and hskips (trial and error), but that is pretty annoying.

How can i position something on the top corner on the first slide without remember picture?

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Why can't you use pdflatex? – Caramdir Nov 29 '10 at 22:00
I do, but my supervisor has to keep using lots of old postscript figures with psfrag. – Mikael Öhman Jan 18 '11 at 18:20
You can use postscript code with pdflatex using package like pst2pdf, pst-pdf or pdftricks. The latter explicitly mentions support for psfrag. – Martin Scharrer Mar 4 '11 at 12:19

The textpos package has been designed for absolute positioning of text and graphics on the page.

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there is no alternative to textpos? – pluton Jul 11 '11 at 22:16
@pluton: There are alternatives to textpos: atbegshi, esopic and everyshi. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 12 '11 at 7:15

Here it is a simple solution from the Tikz manual, Section 17.13.2:

\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
\node [xshift=5cm,yshift=1cm] at (current page.center)
{
Some text
};
\end{tikzpicture}


Change values for xshift and yshift accordingly. You can use other reference points too, like current page.north west, etc. See the referred manual section (it's just one page long!).

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