March 3, 2010

The Defense

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 10:08 pm

Continuing the process of presenting my proposal for the graduation project, I was required to do a presentation. Now, I have never really liked PowerPoint and for more reasons than it being a product of Microsoft (I was never really into Impress either).

In fact, I have never liked doing presentations in the first place. My preferred means of communicating an idea is through written material or face-to-face discussions. Anyhow, seeing as I had to do a formal presentation, I turned towards the solution that would provide some additional attraction for me: LaTeX Beamer.

After fiddling around with my .tex for a few hours, I was able to create something which looked [*] far more professional, sexier and informative than anything I had ever created using traditional presentation software:

Presentation Screenshot

To view the presentation you have to open it in “Slide Show” mode of your favorite PDF reader. What totally blew me away was the ease with which I could create lovely bibliographic references, mathematical equations and little fun things like navigational bar on top of every page. Perhaps it’s got to do something with the mindset of a programmer, but I certainly became more productive with Beamer within a couple of hours than I had been throughout my experience with PowerPoint/Impress.

[*] Whether they were professional, sexy or informative is a totally different matter and has very little to do with either LaTeX or Beamer.

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  1. I am definitely going to use this from now on! Good find Kamran.

    Comment by Ayaz — March 4, 2010 @ 12:41 am

  2. I am definitely going to cheat you from now on! Good going Kamran.

    Comment by Gobhi — March 14, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

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