What is the best package/style to build a presentation? I use PDFSLID. Any better?

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    It may depend on what are you trying to achieve. You may want to edit your question to include more details. As you mention package/style, I assume you use LaTeX. I have very good experiences with beamer (latex-beamer.sf.net). There are also some very nice options for presentations in ConTeXt. Aug 24, 2010 at 18:09
  • @Jan: Perhaps you can add an answer with some context links? Aug 24, 2010 at 19:10
  • Thank you Jan. I pretend to use it, as I do now, for my classes presentations at the University. I teach numerical methods for Electrical Engineering. I use LaTex (actually PDFLaTeX).
    – Jose Luis
    Aug 26, 2010 at 13:37
  • Thank you again Jan. I can send you a PDF presentation, as an axample, if you give me some address or site where I might upload it. Sorry, it is in spanish although the layout is the same for many of them.
    – Jose Luis
    Aug 26, 2010 at 13:47

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My favorite (so far, I haven't tried them all) is beamer.

Beamer page on CTAN

Beamer homepage on github

There are lots of beautiful templates you can choose from and it's very customizable. It also seems to be widely used so you can find help online.


Though beamer is my favorite, I would like to mention the powerdot class.

It is the successor of prosper and HA-prosper class resp. package. It offers a LyX layout file.

powerdot requires PSTricks. As I already mentioned here, it offers many styles and allows creating your own style, further it provides automatic overlays and a handout mode.

Some demonstration files for a quick impression:

Finally, here's a very nice overview by Michael Wiedmann: Screen Presentation Tools. It compares packages like beamer, prosper, slides, powerdot and many more.

  • Thank you Stefan for your kindness and complete response. I will start inmediately.
    – Jose Luis
    Aug 26, 2010 at 13:39
  • 'Compiled examples' link seems to be dead :/
    – radek
    Oct 29, 2015 at 12:39

Responding to a request for an answer with ConTeXt links: probably the most useful would be this page on ConTeXtGarden. You can also look at some examples of ConTeXt presentations at the pragma web site.


I use beamer. It has a good documentation, which can be found in the CTAN archive.

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