On Sun, Oct 28, 2007 at 12:21:49PM -0700, Predrag Punosevac wrote: > > Frank Shute wrote: > >On Sun, Oct 28, 2007 at 10:46:18AM +0000, Christian Walther wrote > > > > > >>When I need additional macro packages (one for creating nice > >>presentations would be nice indeed) I'll check with ctan. > >> > > > >Check out beamer once you've installed teTeX: > > > >/usr/local/share/texmf-dist/doc/latex/beamer/beameruserguide.pdf > > > >There are also some examples installed: > > > >/usr/local/share/texmf-dist/doc/latex/beamer/examples/ > > > > > > > TeX/Latex has a several level of presentation classes. > Simplest is class of documents is slidetex then follows foiltex, > prosper, beamer, ppower4 and powerdot. > > I happen to think that powerdot is by far the best (you can play movies > from slides, easily customized easy to use 40 pages manual vs 400 pages > for beamer) . > Slidetex and foiltex are really low level classes essentially allowing > you to create simple slides in TeX. Prosper which is ported for FreeBSD > is obsolete (because of powerdot) and baggy . > Beamer is ported for FreeBSD and OpenBSD. ppower4 is ported for OpenBSD. > > The only reason people like beamer (the same goes for ppower4) > is that it lets you use pdflatex option while powerdot requires using > dvi-->ps-->pdf. > As I am old school this is completely irrelevant for me because that is > what I am doing anyway. The quality of slides is whole level > up with respect to Beamer. Unfortunately most people seems to disagree > with my statement above and use beamer. > > If you are using serious editor like emacs you can customize editor that > it does that automatically for you. > > I was thinking of porting powerdot my self as there is no dependency > relation to TeXLive. Debian and many other distros of Linux have this > package in something they call TeX extra I think (basic additional stuff > for teTeX). TeXLive does include powerdot by default as > every possible option for Latex but is usually modular and you would not > install in that fashion anyway. The same goes for MiKTex 2.5 > which is standard Windblows distribution of TeX, Latex. > > I gave up after encountering problems with older fonts in ported version > of teTeX and decided that it is better to wait for guys to port TeXLive > than to waist the time trying to resolve dependency issues teTeX vs > powerdot. In the mean time I use live DVD with TeX Live which is > perfectly OK solution with me as I do not want 3.7Gb of all TeXLive junk > (font for languages I have never heard or some exotic features) on my > hard-drive anyway. It is also really made for Linux and hard-disk > installation will do quite a few thinks that we do not allow in FreeBSD > (like using /etc file for non system applications) > > I hope this helps to clarify the issue with presentation classes. > > Predrag > > > P.S. As always best source of info for TeX related stuff is > http://www.ctan.org
I recently joined TUG (TeX users group) and one of the benefits of membership is that you can get TeXLive on disk from them. I also find their periodical, Tugboat, to be both informative and interesting. I mainly joined to give a charitable donation as I use TeX/LaTeX quite a bit. Anyway, I recommend joining to users who aren't already joined: http://www.tug.org/ Thanks for your informative runthrough of the presentation classes in LaTeX. I haven't really read comp.text.tex in about 5 years so I'm a bit out of the loop on recent developments and I haven't done a presentation in about 7 years! When I did last, I simply used pdflatex, graphicx and hyperref. -- Frank Contact info: http://www.esperance-linux.co.uk/misc/contact.html _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"