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So pdfpc on github (which is a forked and improved version of the pdf-presenter-console) is the closest thing I found. Features It has all the features I looked for. Regular slides on the projector, view of the next slide and the current one on the laptop. It pre-caches the slides for fast switch and can provide an overview with thumbnails for each slide (...


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It depended on the available hardware. My first tries with TeX were on a VT-100 terminal and the only "previewer" was dvi2tty. Just for fun, here's what could be shown on the terminal with it \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lipsum} \begin{document} \lipsum*[1] \[ \sum_{k=0}^{n} k^2 = \frac{1}{6}n(n+1)(2n+1) \] \lipsum[2] \end{document} Actually the ...


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I started using TeX in 1987 on SunBSD (later sunos later solaris) using the dviview previewer from the vortex project. That is still one of the best viewers around, you could select individual characters ask what font they were in, and the rendering was as good as the (monochrome) screen could handle. This wasn't the setup I had but from a vortex project ...


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OK. I was officially the first TeX user in Imperial College, London, using it to write my PhD thesis. Malcolm Clark was the one person in Computer Centre who supported TeX. I bought Knuth's "TeX and Metafont" in 1983, and used a buggy implementation on the College mainframe. There was no preview, and there were no laser printers. I wrote the files at home ...


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Follow all the steps mentioned in the TeXnicCenter + Sumatra Tutorial, but keep in mind these few things: In the (La)TeX tab / (La)TeX compiler section / Command line arguments to pass to the compiler bar, you should write: -synctex=-1 -interaction=nonstopmode "%Wm" In the Viewer tab / Executable path section, what should be written is: "C:\Program Files\...


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Actually this has nothing to do with TeX … There’s no default, so one needs to check the viewer’s menus and shortcuts, because each application can use its own method. However, on MS Windows the keys are the same for Adobe Reader, SumatraPDF and PDF XChange Viewer (and probably some others which I can’t test now): Alt plus left cursor key for “Go back to ...


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In case you're still interested, I have written a small viewing application in C++, called "dspdfviewer" for "Dual-Screen PDF Viewer". Its built specifically for latex-beamer, and it's "show notes on second screen" option. This latex-beamer option will give you a double-width PDF, where the right part are your beamer-notes, and the right part can include a ...


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Screen? Previews? They didn't exist at the beginning. edit: it has been asked how knuth viewed his "first page". it was definitely not on screen. it was most likely printed out on the xerox xgp which was installed at the stanford ai (artificial intelligence) lab (sail). in the book "companion to the papers of donald knuth", don says (pp.58-59) that he'd ...


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GoBack Nearly all PDF viewers have a "go back" feature. Thus, there is no need for explicit "go back" links. There is an unofficial named action GoBack (not part of the PDF standard) that most PDF viewers understand, for example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{hyperref} \begin{document} \section{Hello World} \label{sec:hello} \Acrobatmenu{GoBack}{Go ...


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item 3 updated, see below. 1 beamer class document in SVG format Think about giving up the PDF format in favour of SVG. Animations run in all contemporary Web browsers, while Blink-based ones (Chromium, Chrome, Opera) have the best performance. Also run on mobile devices. Click the image to start presentation in the Web browser and press F11 for full-...


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At a beginning I was using TeX on PC XT without HDD and with the Hercules graphics. The difference between on-screen visualization (not more than 70 dpi, inversion of colours) and the print on the printer giving near 240 dpi was very visible. Alas, the printing time was not in pages per minute but rather in minutes per page. An extreme case: about 30 min/...


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The PDF file has many errors. Output of ps2pdf (ghostscript): **** Error reading a content stream. The page may be incomplete. Output may be incorrect. **** Error: Form stream has unbalanced q/Q operators (too many q's) Output may be incorrect. **** Error reading a content stream. The page may be incomplete. ...


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Browsing around this morning, I came across pympress. It is cross-platform as it is written in python, and has the presenter look & feel you're looking for, with a window to show slides on screen and another for your laptop with time, slide numbers, next slide preview, annotations, etc. A few other nice features are native support for beamer notes on ...


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I bought an Atari ST in 1985 which had a 640x400 monochrome screen. Based on the purchase date of Lamport's LaTeX book I started using TeX on it that year. The onscreen preview was OK, but needed scrolling and zooming for checking things in detail because of the Atari ST screen resolution. That however was way better than printing things out on my 9-pin ...


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This question has a lot of votes, but hasn't received an answer. So I am giving a ConTeXt solution. To create a tagged pdf, simply add: \setuptagging[state=start] at the top of your document. For example: \setuptagging[state=start] \starttext \startsection [title={A section title}] \input ward \stopsection \stoptext Then, pdfinfo test.pdf gives: ...


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I tested only a few minutes, but it is worth to take a look to Impressive - Is a presentation program that displays slideshows of image files (JPEG, PNG, TIFF and BMP) or PDF documents. Rendering is done via OpenGL, which allows for some "eye candy" effects. Installation is simply apt-get install impressive in Debian based distributions. Complete ...


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Experience with the Accessibility Package I downloaded the accessibility.sty style file from Babette Schalitz's website. This file is available under an LPPL license. Using \usepackage[tagged]{accessibility} in my preamble allowed me you to generate a basic tagged PDF file that passes tests in Adobe Acrobat. However, the package didn't work if I needed to ...


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A package such as zref-totpages that counts the absolute number of pages helps. The critical part is the timing: \documentclass{book} \usepackage{zref-totpages} \AtBeginDocument{% \ifnum\ztotpages>0 % \hypersetup{pdfstartpage=\ztotpages}% \fi } \usepackage{hyperref} \begin{document} \tableofcontents \chapter{Hello World} \chapter{Last Chapter} \...


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The standard viewer for Kile is Okular. Under Settings >> configure Kile >> Tools >> Build >> viewPDF you need to add --unique to the options. This will make Okular only open a single window.


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There are several issues at play here. All of them sort of fixable from within TeX, but none that I know of actually fixed "out of the box" Strokes verses filled rectangles. TeX doesn't mandate anything here. LaTeX uses the TeX primitive \hrule and \vrule but TeX doesn't mandate how they are translated to PDF (or anything else). It would not be possible to ...


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I used a GP 29 terminal that would preview TeX. That was in 1987. (from New Products, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, November 1984)


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For Mac OSX users here are two options: In Preview, Select a rectangular area to measure. Either with the toolbar button or by selecting "Rectangular Selection" under the tool menu. open the Inspector (Command-I) Select the Crop and Rotate tab, whose icon looks like a small ruler. Change the units as required Now use the select area tool and the ...


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Go to Tools > Preferences > File Handling > File Formats. Choose the file format. I am guessing that you want PDF (pdflatex). Change "viewer" to "evince". You are done. The reason it all of a sudden started using Okular is because you installed Okular after you installed LyX and you did Tools > Reconfigure (or you did something that triggered that). Why ...


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I don't think that making one's PDF worse just because a bad previewer isn't able to render it is the right answer. If a previewer is bad, I simply don't use it. However, it's not difficult to prepare a personal map file that doesn't use the CM-Super fonts. Copy pdftex.map in a working directory, renaming it to, say, pdftex-nosuper.map; you find the ...


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Unlike bookmarks or thumbnails, there is AFAIK no setting in the PDF catalog for comment tools. But JavaScript seems to allow this, see JavaScript for Acrobat API Reference. The following example adds a JavaScript action, when the document is opened. The example is written for pdflatex/lualatex and assumes hyperref is loaded (but the latter is not needed). ...


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The problem is that you're using rand which generates random numbers between -1 and 1, instead of rnd, which generates random numbers between 0 and 1. This leads to some of the lines having a negative width, which throws Acrobat off. Replacing the rand with rnd fixes the problem: \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{fadings} \...


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With ConTeXt MKIV and Natural Tables you can easily colour rows or columns selectively. \starttext \startsetups table:pixelperfect \setupTABLE[column][first][background=color,backgroundcolor=gray] \stopsetups \startTABLE[setups={table:pixelperfect}] \NC Titre \NC Some text here \NC\NR \NC Date de modification \NC \currentdate ...


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You would need to tag the pdf if the reader should recognize units like "paragraphs". Without it it sees only lines. As an example run the following with lualatex and compare with and without the activate-all key. Attention! tagpdf is an experimental package I wrote to investigate such questions. It is not really meant for production documents. It is not ...


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Tikz and pgf figures are based on postscript specials, i.e., postscript code is embedded within the dvi file. Most dvi-viewers can display only parts of this postscript code and the figures may look distorted or parts are missing. A few dvi-viewers, e.g. yap which is included in MiKTeX, call ghostscript to render the postscript code. If you convert the dvi ...


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