Predrag Punosevac punosevac at math.arizona.edu
Wed Jul 25 00:31:58 UTC 2007

I would like to bring to your attention the fact that there is a new 
(actually about 3 years old) Latex class of presentations called 
powerdot which replaces obsolete  and baggy class of presentations 
called prosper  (comprehensive information about all Latex classes of 
slide presentations can be found at 

Prosper is ported for a very long time, beamer another popular class of 
presentations is ported as well. However powerdot is not ported. The 
advantages of powerdot over beamer are plentiful
(starting with the fact that manual is about 60 pages vs beamer manual 
400pages). The only reason that beamer seems to gain more popularity is 
that fact that can be directly compiled by pdflatex while powerdot 
requires tex>dvi>ps>pdf. This is really not a problem since most 
integrated tex environments allow users to set the option tex>dvi>ps>pdf 
for compiling.

On the same note I believe that the issue of the porting of TeXLive 
(light version of course) should be reconsidered not just because of the 
fact that TeXLive includes powerdot and beamer as a standard packages 
but because teTeX will not exist for to much longer (I am not sure if 
you are familiar with the fact that teTeX is winding down activities and 
that LiveTeX is becoming standard *nix distribution).

Predrag Punosevac
Department of Mathematics
The University of Arizona
(520) 578-9861

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