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Making Slide Presentations in LaTeX

  1. Dec 16, 2008 #1

    G01

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    Anyone know where I can find a working download for "Prosper" the LaTeX package that allows you to make Powerpoint-like slides using LaTeX. The prosper page on sourceforge is no longer working and I can't seem to find another site with a download.

    Just to be safe: Prosper is free, so I'm not asking for any pirated software or anything illegal like that.
     
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  3. Dec 16, 2008 #2

    G01

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    Heh!

    Never mind. Apparently Sourceforge just rearranged everything. I found it!:rolleyes:
     
  4. Dec 16, 2008 #3

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  5. Dec 16, 2008 #4

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    That is it. The problem was that many links to the prosper page used a different address that was no longer valid and I got confused.

    Thanks Kurdt!
     
  6. Dec 16, 2008 #5

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    Most people I know use Beamer when making latex slides. I've not used both, so can't comment from experience, but I've heard Beamer is more powerful.
     
  7. Dec 16, 2008 #6

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    Everyone I know uses Beamer as well.

    Beamer is really terrific. I've used it, and it's really easy to learn as well as being extensive in its features. The finished presentation has a polished feel, that you don't find in other presentation software. There's also a detailed reference manual. You might want to take a look at the beamer package, G01.
     
  8. Dec 16, 2008 #7
    Ok, I've never used any sort of latex. How do you do it? Where can I get a free program to try it out for school? Any ideas?
     
  9. Dec 16, 2008 #8

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    You can find out everything about latex here: http://www.latex-project.org/ including links to download sites.
     
  10. Dec 16, 2008 #9
    Will it work with Vista???????
     
  11. Dec 16, 2008 #10

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    Yes, though it's a long time since I've used latex on windows, so things have probably changed a lot since then. Someone else here probably uses vista, though...
     
  12. Dec 16, 2008 #11

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    Yes. First, you need to install the TeX system for windows. I recommend MiKTeX. Get the basic MiKTeX system from their download page.

    Here are a couple of guides which should help you with LaTex and the Beamer package.

    1) The not so Short Introduction to LaTeX (pdf)
    2) Beamer User Guide (pdf)

    Finally, I also suggest you get an IDE for Latex, so that you don't need to use notepad each time you write the .tex file. My pick for windows is TeXnicCenter.
     
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  13. Dec 17, 2008 #12
    I second his recommendation of MiKTeX and TeXnicCenter, but I provide the correct link for the second.
     
  14. Dec 17, 2008 #13

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    Thanks for the catch. Fixed the link.
     
  15. Sep 5, 2009 #14
    I personally prefer beamer to prosper and use TeXnicCenter for hard-coding. But for all but the most sophisticated of presentations, Lyx (lyx.org) is a WYSIWYM gui-based editor that will bring you up to speed more quickly.
     
  16. Sep 6, 2009 #15
    Although I love using Latex for writing articles/papers and even notes, I find it a real hindrance to create presentation slides without the ability to rearrange things in a WYSIWYG way. For this reason I use powerpoint with Iguanatex to make my presentations, which works awesome and is free.
     
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