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I have to make slides under some given restrictions for a presentation. I am thinking of using beamer, even though I have not used it before. One of the given restrictions is that a title has to be in Arial, 44 pt size, and bold. After reading the manual I came up with the following experimental code.

\documentclass{beamer}
\setbeamerfont*{titlefont}{size*={44pt}{24pt}, family={\fontfamily{phv}}, series=\bfseries}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\usebeamerfont*{titlefont}
Titles 44 pt and bold
\end{frame}
\end{document}

The output is in Arial and bold, however, the size seems much larger than 44pt. What seems to be the problem? Is there anther way to do this?

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    Are you sure the font size has to be 44pt? Jun 14, 2012 at 1:40
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    Note that on viewing in Adobe Reader, the default zoom is fit page, implying a zoom level > 100%. Also, the font size used is actually less than 44pt (it's 42.99pt), since no 44pt in phv exist; LaTeX does a substitution here. To see what 44pt looks like, add \rule{1pt}{44pt} before the title, and you'll see that your title is smaller than the 44pt rule.
    – Werner
    Jun 14, 2012 at 1:43
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    Note that Arial is a clone of Helvetica, but not completely identical to it. (Most people probably would be hard-pressed to tell them apart, except maybe when shown some letters such as R, G, and a.) If the organization where you're giving the presentation is a stickler about fonts, you may be asked to use a "real" Arial rather than Helvetica. (I know: there's no accounting for tastes...) If that happens, you may want to take a look at the URW Arial package, available at ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/urw/arial.
    – Mico
    Jun 14, 2012 at 2:37
  • Presentation are zoomed. A requirement of an absolute font size doesn't make sense if you don't know to which frame size it relates. In beamer the frame size is quite small (128mm by 96mm), so that normal font sizes like 14pt look already quite large. See section 8.3. Frame and Margin Sizes of the documentation. Jun 14, 2012 at 9:44
  • @UlrikeFischer: Thanks. I did not know about the beamer frame size. They are talking about a regular (8inx11in) landscape page.
    – Sony
    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:05

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Presentation are zoomed. A requirement of an absolute font size doesn't make sense if you don't know to which frame size it relates. In beamer the frame size is quite small (128mm by 96mm), so that normal font sizes like 14pt look already quite large. See section 8.3. Frame and Margin Sizes of the documentation.

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