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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
up vote 16 down vote accepted

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 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 

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
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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