Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beamer package - installation on Ubuntu 11.04

I completely forgot to mention how to install the Beamer package in Ubuntu. It's pretty simple really, and I am sure there are tons of ways to go about this. Here is what I did. This should work regardless of frontend (Kile, Texmaker, etc). Go to the Ubuntu Synaptic Package Manager. I have mine linked to the toolbar.

Once in the SPM go to the Tex Authoring heading on the far left. You can either search for tex or click on a header and type "t" to get there. Or you could search for beamer.

Then select the latex=beamer package on the right. Click mark for installation. Then click Apply at the top. Of course my picture shows mark for reinstallation because its already installed. Now you should be able to use the Beamer package for presentations.

Or you can open a terminal and type

sudo apt-get install latex-beamer

From the SPM:

latex-beamer - LaTeX class to produce presentations

The beamer class is a LaTeX class that allows you to create a beamer
presentation. It can also be used to create slides. It behaves
similarly to other packages like Prosper, but has the advantage that
it works together directly with pdflatex, but also with dvips.

Once you have installed the beamer class, the basic steps to create a
beamer presentation are the following:
- Specify beamer as document class instead of article.
- Structure your LaTeX text using \section and \subsection commands.
- Place the text of the individual slides inside \frame commands.
- Run pdflatex on the text (or latex and dvips).

The beamer class has several useful features: You don't need any
external programs to use it other than pdflatex, but it works also
with dvips. You can easily and intuitively create sophisticated
overlays. Finally, you can easily change the whole slide theme or only
parts of it.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks! I knew it would be a quick fix. :)