[OS X TeX] Displaying a LaTeX beamer presentation

Adam M. Goldstein adam.goldstein at jhu.edu
Thu Oct 26 01:00:30 CEST 2006

Maarten Sneep wrote:
> On 26-okt-2006, at 0:35, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> GIven that Preview.app has its limitations, what do people use to 
>> display beamer-type presentations? Acrobat? I have heard that Acrobat 
>> installation is rather imperialistic, in that it installs and setups 
>> all kind of things to use Acrobat which is then hard to get rid of. 
>> But I do not recall the specifics.
> It will install a plugin & framework into Safari (right into the 
> application), but I think they improved their attitude, and are 
> behaving themselves now (but wait for confirmation). If you never run 
> the reader as an admin user, you can prevent a lot of trouble, but be 
> sure to disable the pdf plugin.
> There is my presenter tool, but I don't use it myself (now _that's_ an 
> endorsement!). Hyperlinks will not work.
> Doesn't "Slideshow" in Preview help you?
> Maarten 
I have recently run into this problem. I can't stand Acrobat Reader. It 
seems like I am always hitting the wrong key, for one thing, and the 
presentation doesn't go where I want it to. Also there are its problems 
with installing and updating itself in inconvenient ways.

Preview's slide show feature is a nuisance, though, because it has its 
own set of slide show commands. I haven't figured out how to work around 
them. They appear on the screen in front of the PDF.

When I have to use a PC or someone else's mac, I use Acrobat reader. On 
my own laptop, I use XPDF. ThenI navigate around using Beamer's 
navigation tools on each slide, and using "n" and "p".

Use: xpdf myslidehow.pdf -fullscreen

I wish that TeXShop or TeXniscope had a full-screen mode!

And then use the left mouse button to get the contextual menu to quit 
and so on.

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