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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
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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
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@pluton: There are alternatives to textpos: atbegshi, esopic and everyshi. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 12 '11 at 7:15

Here it is a simple solution taken from Section 17.13.2 of Tikz & PGF manual (section subtitle: "Referencing the Current Page Node – Absolute Positioning"):

\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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Can you provide a link to the manual? After some googling, I found one version of it, but there is no Section 17.13.2 there. – Antoine May 19 at 12:58
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Link added. As a suggestion, always go to the official/central source of packages (ctan). There you can find latest version of manuals and packages. – luchonacho May 19 at 13:35

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