[texhax] TeX based presentations -- setting up "print dialog presets"

Suresh Govindachar sgovindachar at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 1 16:49:27 CEST 2014

On 4/1/2014 5:42 AM, Jim Diamond wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 17:42 (-0700), Suresh Govindachar wrote:
>> On 3/31/2014 11:12 AM, Pierre MacKay wrote:
>>> Why not set up a script from the splendidly functional pdftk
>>> (PDF toolkit)?
>> 1) The source has the information of which pages of the pdf are complete
>> slides (rather than partial transitional slides) -- this information would
>> need to be provided to the user of pdftk somehow.
>> 2) Since recipients of the pdf of the presentation can't be expected to have
>> pdftk, I would need to provide them a pdf of the handout too.
> Suresh,
> I have a few macros which allow me to make two versions of my
> presentations.  One with all the "partial" slides for me (plus other
> material for my version only) and one with only the complete slides.
> I just TeX my document twice, and in one case I call pdftex with a
> command-line argument (I use \let to define a token) which produces
> the alternate version.
> Would this be easier than what you are looking to do right now?

For the short term, the resolution I posted (involving 
\immediate\pdfobj{} and \pdfcatalog{}) is simpler.  Today, I generate 
one pdf with black background and another with white background;  for 
the long term, I will consider generating an output with just the pages 
to print.

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