LaTeX oder teTeX
frank at esperance-linux.co.uk
Sun Oct 28 16:43:01 PDT 2007
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:
> >There are also some examples installed:
> 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 is obsolete (because of powerdot) and baggy .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
> 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.
> P.S. As always best source of info for TeX related stuff is
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
I mainly joined to give a charitable donation as I use TeX/LaTeX quite
Anyway, I recommend joining to users who aren't already joined:
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.
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