For most presentations, I find it easier to use LaTex than Powerpoint. However, one feature I really miss with LaTex is the handful of presentation functionalities of Powerpoint. Basically, while the presentation is on full screen on a second monitor, I can see on my own screen:

  • A timer of the presentation
  • The current slide
  • The next slide

as shown in the following picture :

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Do you know of any way to emulate these functionalities with a LaTex beamer presentation? Would any pdf reader have such functionalities (preferably on mac and preferably free)?


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  • Thanks. Precisely the kind of apps I was looking for. Unfortunately, PDF Presenter has lots of bugs on osx, and Impressive is Windows/Linux only, but that's a good start. Any other osx compatible solutions are welcome! Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 18:34
  • Sorry, I thought Impressive would run on OS X.
    – DG'
    Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 20:10
  • +1 for Présentation.app, very similar to PDFslide (see my answer below). Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 18:12

For OSX, look at osx-adobe-beamer. It wraps Adobe Reader so it shows the notes and slides on different pages.

It has the following features

  • video/animation
  • notes for current slide
  • on notes, shows current slide
  • timer (i.e., "15 minutes remaining")
  • next slide

In your latex document include

% or 

and copy the resulting PDF so you can display both at once. Open them both in Adobe Reader and run the command

python /path/to/present.py

And you're all set! If this application fails on you during a presentation, you can still survive because it only maps your keymaps to both Adobe Reader windows.

(disclaimer: I am the developer -- a quick weekend hack!)

  • Saw this question bumped to the top of the active list about an hour ago and took note of it. Here I am on reddit, minding my own business, when I see a link to the project. "My, this is simply an amazing coincidence!", I think to myself. I come back here only to discover that this was the reason the post was bumped in the first place. +1 for taking on the project and +ducks for making me chuckle. :) Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 3:55

Following sourceforge's links based on @DG' answer, I found :

It is supposedly in beta but it is much more stable than PDF Presenter in osx in my (admittedly very short) experience.

It is minimal compared to PDF Presenter but basically does what I am looking for (cf. the functionalities I list in the question).

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