## Thursday, August 25, 2011

### Getting powerdot to work

Powerdot is a presentation package for LaTeX, much like beamer.

I recently got it up and running on my system and I thought I'll setup a quick guide for it:

1. Getting Powerdot: The best place to get it from is the CTAN mirror itself from here. Extract it at a place which will be referred to we $POWERDOT 2. Installing it: These steps pertain to a Linux system. I believe that the system for Windows MikTeX is simpler, involving pointing and clicking. However, for Linux, the process is somewhat more complicated. Finally, write a simple powerdot_test.tex file: \documentclass{powerdot} \begin{document} \begin{slide}{Slide 1} Contents. \end{slide} \section{Introduction} \begin{slide}{Slide 2} More content. \end{slide} \end{document}  Now apparently pdflatex has a few issues with compiling powerdot presentations. Hence, use latex to create the dvi file and then convert it to pdf: latex powerdot_test.tex dvipdf powerdot_test.dvi evince powerdot_test.pdf  That should be it! vim-latexsuit users If you use vim-latex like me, then there here are a few tips. I have set my vim-latexsuit setup such that is produces pdf files by default. You can check your default format by: :echo g:Tex_DefaultTargetFormat  and if it is not dvi, set it to dvi by: :let g:Tex_DefaultTargetFormat=dvi  vim-latex will figure out how to compile the file the right way. However, the default viewer for the dvi files is ghostscipt viewer, which is extremely ill-suited for presentations Also, evince opens the dvi files with scaling all wrong. Hence, I do this: :let g:Tex_ViewRuleComplete_dvi='dvipdf$*.dvi; evince $*.pdf &'  which converts the dvi file to pdf before passing it to evince. #### 2 comments: ARUL PRAKASH said... WHILE GIVING$dvipdf powerdot_test.dvi

I GOT MESSAGE:

dvips: ! Couldn't find header file pst-tools.pro.
Note that an absolute path or a relative path with .. are denied in -R2 mode.

WHAT TO DO ? I GOT BLANK PDF FILE