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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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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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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 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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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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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 creating ...


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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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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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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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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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You have the following settings, for example, for each of them you can specify the option between the two brackets. \setbeamertemplate{itemize item}[<choice>] \setbeamertemplate{itemize subitem}[<choice>] \setbeamertemplate{itemize subsubitem}[<choice>] \setbeamertemplate{enumerate item}[<choice>] \setbeamertemplate{enumerate subitem}...


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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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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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I will add a different answer from the vast majority here. I am an (very) old time TeX user. Albeit Beamer and Tikz are great achievements, I would like to warn especially new users. The web is full of articles about beamer, saying basically "look how simple it is to write your slides". So I will insist on the flip side of the coin. My point is: they should ...


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Sometimes I give presentations at local PechaKucha events. Pecha Kucha is a form of presentation with strict rules: you have 20 slides and every slide appears for exact 20 seconds. Unfortuntely they use PowerPoint. So I create my slides in LaTeX, convert the single pdf-pages into png-files and use them pictures as fullscreen pictures in a PowerPoint ...


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I had the same error and I was using XeLaTeX, which apparently doesn't support multimedia. I switched to LuaLaTeX and finally got a working movie in Okular.


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Currently I'm working on my own XeLaTeX Beamer Template. It isn't finished yet, especially the colortheme has to be overworked. My goal was to make it as minimalistic as possible without losing to much information like the section name and the page counter. Here are some screens (from an example presentation): You can get the source code and all previews ...


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I have ported a PowerPoint and a Powerdot theme to Beamer. They are available here.


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I have a written a timeline environment inspired by the question and answers of the following TeX.SX question: timeline and tikz \documentclass[10pt]{article} \usepackage[paperwidth=210mm,% paperheight=297mm,% tmargin=7.5mm,% rmargin=7.5mm,% bmargin=7.5mm,% lmargin=7.5mm, vscale=1,% hscale=1]{geometry} \usepackage[utf8]{...


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There are a few ways to do this- since your question was a little vague, I can't be sure if this is the kind of thing you want: It uses the very powerful and user-friendly tikz package. There are lots of other things and shapes that you can do with this package, this is just an example. % arara: pdflatex % !arara: animate: {delay: 60} % !arara: indent: {...


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Could it be that the aspect ratio of the projector isn't matching the presentation? You could try changing to 16:9 by using \documentclass[aspectratio=169]{beamer}. The right ratio depends on your projector. Btw. please try to use a MWE. \documentclass[aspectratio=169]{beamer} \usetheme{CambridgeUS} \usecolortheme {orchid} \setbeamercolor*{palette ...


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Use the overlay specifications, as indicated in the beamer manual. The \only directive is what you need in this case. It directs beamer to render that segment for a specific slide, if you put two of them, one right after the other, you achieve the effect you want. For example: \documentclass{beamer} \usetheme{Madrid} \begin{document} \begin{frame}{...


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The theme doesn't take sufficient account of the way Beamer's colours work. In particular, when you change the colour, the code uses \setbeamercolor but not \usebeamercolor, which is necessary for the change to take effect. For example, the following works. \documentclass{beamer} \usetheme[progressbar=frametitle,block=fill]{metropolis} \begin{document} \...


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The "wasted" line is in reality the title of a block, with a suitable colour theme your definition looks like Now if you want to remove the title, maybe the following quick hack could be a solution (There might be some features of definitions that won't work any more). \documentclass{beamer} \usetheme{Warsaw} \renewenvironment{definition}{\begin{block}{}\...


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At the risk of getting downvoted ... Why should I use LaTeX for presentations? Most likely you should not. Beamer encourages bad presentation practices. This is not just about Beamer vs PowerPoint. It is about writing markup vs designing graphically. Let me quote from one answer here: Focus. On the contents, not on the presentation. Once you are ...


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Simple Theme I have been working on a simple and minimal theme for beamer. It is a work in progress which is hosted here. Screenshot Motivation I am not focusing on making a theme which is suitable for everyone. Personally, I think that it is not possible to make a "one fits all theme". I am keeping the main theme quite minimal. It just provides a ...


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Looking at the document properties it appears to have been made with powerdot rather than beamer. Scanning through the powerdot manual (Section 7 Available styles) it seems like the fyma style (which is bundled with powerdot) was used. If you want to exactly replicate the style of the slides you linked to, you may have to contact the original author of the ...


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Microsoft Word supports inserting LaTex code. You can then copy and paste from Word to PowerPoint. Open Equation Editor (Alt + =), and select the {}LaTeX option, Paste (as text) your LaTeX code. ( e.g.: MSE = \frac{1}{K}\sum_{k=1}^{K} (d_k - \hat{d}_k)^2) Hit Enter A few LaTeX tags (like \textrm) are not supported by Word; some manual editing might be ...


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I found that one can achieve text justification in beamer by including \renewcommand{\raggedright}{\leftskip=0pt \rightskip=0pt plus 0cm} in the preamble. I have done so in a big document with 70 slides without noticing any side effect. Nevertheless, the link is very old (2008) so I do not know if care should be exercised in the application of this ...


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