[OS X TeX] MacOSX-TeX Digest, Vol 159, Issue 1

Ross Moore ross.moore at mq.edu.au
Tue Jan 5 04:28:33 CET 2021

Hi all,

On 2 Jan 2021, at 11:26 pm, Themis Matsoukas via MacOSX-TeX <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu<mailto:macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu>> wrote:

> On Jan 2, 2021, at 6:52 AM, francois.chaplais <francois.chaplais at mines-paristech.fr<mailto:francois.chaplais at mines-paristech.fr>> wrote:
> Apple’s keynote understands LaTeX, multimedia and, IMHO, produces much cleaner presentations than beamer.

I did not know. I stopped using keynote because of its inability to do math. I will look into it.

What is meant by “understands LaTeX” ?
I don’t believe that it will interpret LaTeX source; but it may conceivably
have a method to run an external job, then import the resulting PDF.
More likely, however, is that it imports a pre-built PDF and shows it within a given rectangle,
with a clipping path applied. Many Apple applications can do this; even Mail does.

...but in defense of beamer: I use the metropolis style, which I like a lot and find to be the only beamer style that looks "clean". Latex also produces much smaller files, so there are other advantages as well.

As has been mentioned already, you do *not* need to include a movie
within the PDF to run it from a PDF presentation.
It is quite enough to deliver the movie alongside the PDF,
and show it within a specified rectangle.

Delivering the movie inside the PDF is certainly not the best approach;
though this used to be possible.
Indeed Adobe is dropping support for Flash animations inside PDFs.
This has been on the cards for several years now, and support inside
their players (Adobe Reader and Acrobat Pro) is being dropped this year.

Running external media players (that is, whatever is the default for the media
type of the data file) is still supported, and perhaps the best way to go.


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Happy New Year


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