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But rumor has it that some of them do not like beamer very much. I imagine that this stems from having seen a lot of (thesis and other) presentations filled with seemingly endless pauses after pages of bullets and enumerations, combined with page-long equations, and paragraphs of quoted texts that are hard to read because they are simply too long. When ...


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PDF is not just designed for printing. It is a format for displaying electronic documents, independently of hardware (printer, screen, e-reader, smartphone, projector etc.) and software (such as the operating system). This format is both good for printouts and presentation, so a good choice as output format. Presentations with technical or scientific ...


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A blank slide is easy to produce by adding the argument plain. By also adding c you center the text on the page (you also have the options t: top and b: bottom). Note that you must also omit the frame title. \begin{frame}[plain,c] %\frametitle{A first slide} \begin{center} \Huge Coming up: Our Work \end{center} \end{frame} As for text type face and ...


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This is simply a longish comment... I am having some difficulties in trying to understand why you think that way. Let me briefly enumerate your points 1) since LaTeX is a typographic editor not meant to work on the final aspect of the work, I am pretty sure that made many eyebrows raise after reading that here :) Actually, apart from the fact that ...


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Since the look of your presentation depends more on how you present than on the software you use, let me first give you some hints/rules about presenting. First Rule: You are the presentation, not the slides! The slides are just a helpfull tool to make people understand, what you are talking about. Second Rule: Don't use too much words on your slides! (...


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Here is a possible solution: \documentclass[10pt,xcolor=dvipsnames]{beamer} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{shapes.callouts} \usepackage{xparse} \tikzset{ invisible/.style={opacity=0,text opacity=0}, visible on/.style={alt=#1{}{invisible}}, alt/.code args={<#1>#2#3}{% \alt<#1>{\pgfkeysalso{#2}}{\...


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LaTeX beamer I've written a short introduction to LaTeX beamer. Here are some better themes that the standard ones (thanks dcmst). English language course Source (Not complete, as my university doesn't allow me to publish the theme :-/ ) Rendered PDF Tutorial for programming Source: Currently not available, I'm sorry Rendered PDF What's nice in ...


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You can use \justifying from the ragged2e package; you can patch the \frame command to use \justyfing, but you will also have to invoke \justifying for some other environments which internally use \raggedleft (for example, the beamer blocks, and the list-like environments enumerate, itemize, etc.). A little example: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{...


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Just a few days ago I posted a template I had created for my girlfried: http://uweziegenhagen.de/?p=2877. Her requirements were "not so Techie/TeXie". The current code needs some polishing, I'll update it during the weekend. A while ago I also transformed (with the help of TSX) my firm's corporate design layout from Powerpoint. Without the CD pictures I'll ...


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You can use the \transduration command for this (page 142 of the manual): \transduration<⟨overlay specification⟩>{⟨number of seconds⟩} In full screen mode, show the slide for ⟨number of seconds⟩. If zero is specified, the slide is shown as short as possible. This can be used to create interesting pseudo-animations. Example: \transduration<2&...


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Here's a way with LaTeX3 macros: \documentclass[t]{beamer} \usepackage{xparse} \setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{} % just add the frame numbers \setbeamertemplate{footline}{\hfill\Large\strut\pagepi{\arabic{framenumber}}\hspace*{1pc}} \ExplSyntaxOn \tl_const:Nn \c_pidigits_tl {1415926535897932384626433832795028842} \DeclareExpandableDocumentCommand{...


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There are plenty of good reasons to use LaTeX for presentations. For me, a key reason that I havn't seen here so far is this: Consistent tools. I use LaTeX for my regular work. I need an easy way to get my "printed" work into the presentation. LaTeX-beamer allows me to do this very easily. All the way to publishing it on my homepage. This in particular ...


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EDIT I did not success in using an algorithm to calculate the pi digits but I can get them by the web using the \write18 command of LaTeX (require --shell-enabled) and the shell command wget and sed. All you need to do is substitute the row \CatchFileDef{\PiG}{pi.txt} in the code below with: \IfFileExists{./digits.txt}{} { \immediate\write18{\...


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You can use \parbox{}. \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{lipsum} \begin{document} \begin{frame} \lipsum[2] \end{frame} \begin{frame} \begin{block}{text} \parbox{\linewidth}{\lipsum[2]} \end{block} \end{frame} \end{document} It is a bit less exotic than the other answer's solution.


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You may also consider using the overprint command. \begin{figure} \begin{overprint} \onslide<1>\includegraphics{./figure1.png} \onslide<2>\includegraphics{./figure2.png} \onslide<3>\includegraphics{./figure3.png} \onslide<4->\includegraphics{./figure4.png} \end{overprint} \end{figure}


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Is everyone using the same beamer theme? You could select a different one, or even design your own (e.g. see the Beamer guide by K-J Kim and look at the docs and examples on CTAN). Sites that show examples of common themes include: http://www.pletscher.org/writings/latex/beamerthemes.php http://www.hartwork.org/beamer-theme-matrix/ (can take a while to ...


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To me it's all about the math. If I'm giving a talk or lecture with a large amount of math in it, I will want to use beamer so I can do it in LaTeX. Another big advantage to beamer over WYSIWYG presentation apps is the programmability of LaTeX. You can copy-and-paste code or write macros to eliminate repetition. You can produce slides and handouts from ...


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Hit Alt + PEnter (Edit -> Start new environment) or Alt + PShift+Enter (Edit -> Start new parent environment), depending on whether you are in an environment inside the frame or not. These are shortcuts that insert a Separator environment and start a new frame. This is described in Help --> Specific Manuals -> Beamer Presentations.


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As Andrew Stacey pointed out beamer provides an own \newcommand<> that deals a little better with overlay specification. It is now possible to use \tikzMe{BCD}<+>. As the overlay-specification argument has the delimiters built-in, so changes need to be made to the beameralert style. I opted for two versions; these styles are equivalent: ...


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Not exactly what you want ( high level environments) but I propose a macro. I made this macro very quicly, so it's possible to make something better. We can add styles etc. \documentclass[11pt]{scrartcl} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{tikz} \makeatletter \@namedef{color@1}{red!40} \@namedef{color@2}{green!40} \@namedef{color@3}{blue!40} \@...


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Without PSTricks. Only up to 19 slides! \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage[nomessages]{fp} \usepackage{multido} \begin{document} \multido{\i=0+1}{19}{% \FPtrunc{\x}{\FPpi}{\i}% \begin{frame}{\x} \end{frame}} \end{document}


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if it's still of interest: A template that is very similar and I think the guy that made the presentation you mentioned gave some advise... http://www.drbunsen.org/custom-beamer-theme.html


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First thing that comes to mind, really, is to get rid of beamer navigation symbols, because it is a dead give away. You can do that with \setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}.


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Maybe with the spy library: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{shapes,arrows,positioning,arrows,spy} \tikzstyle{arr} = [draw, -latex'] \begin{document} \begin{frame} % premier transparent \frametitle{Figure (1)} \scalebox{.3}{ \begin{tikzpicture}[spy using outlines={circle, magnification=3, size=20cm, connect spies}] \node [...


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The \def\pgfsysdriver{pgfsys-dvipdfm.def} trick kinda worked for me, but it totally messed up the position of my images in my presentation. So I decided to dig a little further and here is what I've found : This is indeed a bug, and depending on the beamer theme you are using, the package pgfpages will override the behavior of the theme which is using : ...


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Yes there are. Here are some choices (with descriptions taken from CTAN), in decreasing order of recommended usage: powerdot document class powerdot is a presentation class for LaTeX that allows for the quick and easy development of professional presentations. It comes with many tools that enhance presentations and aid the presenter. Examples are ...


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For me having PDF output is a huge advantage. I've seen many times where PowerPoint presentations did not show up right (mostly font issues), and sometimes the person presenting it getting quite desperate about it. I've never seen a PDF talk have such problems.


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I found that the --verbose flag will output the bounding box used at each step. Since this was a "growing" animation, the last page is the largest. So to get them all the same size, I ran pdfcrop with --verbose and extracted this output: %%HiResBoundingBox: 48.000022 299.872046 624.124950 420.127932 and then fed that to a second run of pdfcrop, ...


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From section 21.3 Details on Modes in The Beamer class User Guide for version 3.36: When beamer typesets your text, it is always in one of the following five modes: beamer is the default mode. second is the mode used when a slide for an optional second screen is being typeset. handout is the mode for creating handouts. trans is the mode for ...


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The following code worked for me. I removed the natbib package since it was causing problems. I also gave a bibliographystyle. \documentclass{beamer} \mode<presentation> { \usetheme{Madrid} } %\usepackage{natbib} \usepackage{bibentry} \usepackage{graphicx} % Allows including images \usepackage{booktabs} % Allows the use of \toprule, \title[Test]{...


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