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Re: (OT) Presentations Involving Code

by Corion (Pope)
on Mar 07, 2007 at 17:45 UTC ( #603649=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to (OT) Presentations Involving Code

Personally, I'm very fond of spod5, which takes plain pod and converts it into an S5 slideshow, which can easily be displayed through IE or FireFox (press F11 for full-screen/kiosk mode). There are some other S5 modules that also produce these slideshows.

I hacked spod5 a bit to include line numbers, but I keep my presentations simple. The upside of pod/S5 is that you can edit it at the last minute and restyle it easily or run it through babelfish. The downside is that S5 doesn't support any fancy page transitions and that you have to do all the graphics stuff in an external program.

Update: One more kickass thing that xdg's post here reminded me of is that you get font resizing for free with the browser. If the back row complains they can't read your code, just hit CTRL+ and the font will increase, rewrap and hopefully still fit on your slide...


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Re^2: (OT) Presentations Involving Code
by blazar (Canon) on Mar 08, 2007 at 11:38 UTC
    Personally, I'm very fond of spod5, which takes plain pod and converts it into an S5 slideshow, which can easily be displayed through IE or FireFox (press F11 for full-screen/kiosk mode). There are some other S5 modules that also produce these slideshows.

    One option that no one seems to have mentioned yet is LaTeX; as an aficionado I'll do: there are many packages to write talks. A very popular choice currently is beamer with pdf output. I made my own thesis presentation with it and it was easy and straightforward. I have temporarily uploaded an example. (Please note that this is a preliminary version of the talk, it even contains an actual error, and for some reason I don't have the definitive one on this machine nor can I currently access it otherwise so the link is not going to work long.) Just consider that I stayed KISS, but you can do more complex things if you wish. Anyway you produce a simple pdf file that can be displayed with quite about any common viewer. With Acrobat Reader, and I suspect others, if you open it standalone as opposed to in a browser's window, it will automatically go full screen.

    Now, my presentation didn't contain code, but for code listings the very popular choice is the listings package: I've not used it in connection with beamer nor any other presentation package and I am not aware of how they will interact, but I don't expect any particular problem. Anyway I know people do create presentations in LaTeX containing code, so some way or another it is certainly possible.

    Update: I just tested the link I posted above and for some reason it doesn't seem to work, well at least with Firefox: the file gets truncated at some time. I downloaded it with wget and I get the whole file. I suspect there are some problems with the perlmonk.org hosting a few fellow monks are kindly offering us.

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