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Beamer presentation using LaTeX

In howto on Nov 27, 2011 by theoryl Tagged: , , , , ,

\textsc{Beamer} is a presentation tool that utilizes the powers of \LaTeX to produce high quality presentations in .pdf format. It gives an alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint and OpenOffice/LibreOffice Impress. Most importantly, it allows users to worry about the content and the style separately.

Recently, Beamer has moved from sourceforge to bitbucket: http://bitbucket.org/rivanvx/beamer/. On their new homepage, the installation procedure is not well documented. In particular, downloading and using directly the Beamer source from bitbucket doesn’t function properly. (Apparently it’s due to Mercurial RCS, as documented in bug #10).

There are two better ways to install Beamer on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04. To install from the repository, just do:

sudo apt-get install latex-beamer

This will give you Beamer version 3.07 (which is slightly more than 2 years old now, as is the tevlive 2009 package).

To take advantage of the latest version, download the .zip file from CTAN: http://ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/beamer/. (In the following, it’s assumed that texlive has been installed.) The texmf tree used by the Beamer version from the repo is /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/beamer. You can replace the beamer directory with the one you extracted from the .zip file. Alternatively, you can put the newer version in the local texmf tree at /usr/local/share/texmf/tex/latex/beamer. This allows you to keep both copies and uses the local version when latex or pdflatex is called. Do texhash or mktexlsr to finish the installation.

The Beamer user guide can be found either from CTAN or by latex-ing the source in the doc directory from the downloaded .zip file. A more useful Quick Start guide can be found here.

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