Nov 15th 2008 How to have the next slide in a second screen in PDF presentations

I do my presentations in latex – beamer, and something that I miss from other software applications is to see the upcoming slide in the notes screen, so I can prepare my speech and make the transitions between slides smoother.

Although I usually use pstricks, and typeset everything with Tex + Ghostscript, for this presentation I’m going to use pdftex so I can include pdf as graphics.

Here is what I did, and you might find it useful too, tweak it as needed:

Compile your presentation without notes first, and include an extra slide (empty if you like).

Save it with another name, e.g.: reference.pdf

Add this lines to your preamble:

\usepackage[absolute,showboxes]{textpos}
\usepackage[]{eso-pic}
\TPGrid{210}{297}
\newcounter{pdfPage}
 \addtocounter{pdfPage}{1}
\newcommand{\insertslideintonotesA}{
 \addtocounter{pdfPage}{1}
  \begin{textblock}{100}(125,177)
\includegraphics[page=\value{pdfPage} , scale=.4]{reference.pdf}
  \end{textblock}
 }

And these lines after your \begin{document}

\AtBeginNote{
\scriptsize
}\AtEndNote{
\insertslideintonotesA
}

Compile again your presentation WITH notes, and delete the extra slide you included in the first step.

Your next slide will appear in the bottom right of the notes screen.

You can use tdclock.sty (see more here) if you want to have a clock too, although in Mac, it doesn’t work with SplitShow.

You will need to add this line to the preamble:

\usepackage[timeinterval=30]{tdclock}

this line to your first slide:

\initclock

and this line to your \AtBeginNote{} section

\tdtime

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Apr 28th 2008 Using Apple remote control with PDF presentations

I do all my presentations in Latex/Beamer and I wanted to control my presentation with the remote control of my MacBook. Apple support already Keynote, and there are applications for Microsoft PowerPoint. So, frustrated by that, I did it myself and here it is for you to use it freely:

  1. Get and install iRed Lite from http://www.filewell.com/iRedLite/
  2. Download the iRed layer I created (AcrobatReader.irla) from here: acrobatreader.

If you have problems downloading the irla file, try this acrobateraderirla.zip version

This is the button / action pairs:

  • Play/Stop: Enter in Full Screen Mode
  • |<< : Backward one slide
  • >>|: Forward one slide
  • double |<<: First slide
  • double >>|: Last slide
  • +: Last Link/ Field/ Comment
  • -: Next Link/Field/Comment

This setup works for me, however, if you don’t like it, you can easily edit it using the iRed Lite – Editor. The truth is that it’s very simple.

Let me know if you find this helpful.

NOTE:

Acrobat Reader layer for iRed Lite
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    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
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    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
    GNU General Public License for more details.

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