I'm trying to use the powerdot class that comes with TeX Live 2011 on Mac OS X Lion (MacTex). I'm using the sample file from docs, powerdot-example.tex. On the command line, I use

latex powerdot-example.tex

latex powerdot-example.tex

And it gives me a dvi file. However, the contents of this dvi file are much smaller then the paper size, I'm not understading what is the cause of this.

This sample file has a lyx cousin file: powerdot-example.lyx, which I can open in the LyX editor and chose File>Export>DVI from Menu. When I do that, the dvi output is right, and I'm not able to figure out how LyX is doing it right while I'm unable to do the same from the command line.

Also, a detail that is not so important, the sample file tries to use a randomdots slide option which has no effect when opening a pdf file created from the dvi file, while opening the dvi file directly with xdvi shows the random dots background decoration on the given slide.


powerdot works strictly with PostScript specials for dvips, so it's very unlikely that it works with dvipdfm(x).

The correct path to get a PDF from a powerdot source is

latex -> dvips -> ps2pdf

which can be shortened with a script present on TeX Live (don't know on MiKTeX)

simpdftex latex <filename>

The dimensions of the DVI output are mostly irrelevant, as the final PDF will be scaled to fit the screen.


Found it out.

I had to remove the nopsheader class option from the example source file and also I must use latex / dvips / ps2pdf to at last obtain a correct pdf even though the dvi file still wrong.

Using dvipdfm(x) does not produce a correct pdf with powerdot.

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