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Beamer & movies

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

When giving a talk about robots it would be a criminal offense not to include videos. Unfortunately the options for outputting pdf files from LaTeX with video on Linux are sort of slim. You can chain yourself to Acrobat, but even then it uses realplayer and I don’t know about you but my distribution got rid of it years ago. So you’re left with showing grainy and rather choppy flv files. You can try okular or evince but I’ve yet to find a single movie that they would play reliably without crashing. I also wouldn’t want to give a talk with evince as it’s sort of buggy, nothing like standing in front of a hundred people and it showing a blank screen. This leaves xpdf.

xpdf is sort of ugly being motif-based and all but it’s great for showing a fullscreen talk. Unfotunately since Beamer embeds videos as hyperref links you end up having to click the picture and press ok in a dialog box. Not fun and it sort of throws you off while giving a talk. I’ve made a version of xpdf that eliminates the dialog box (with a new flag -autoexec), automatically runs any external links when loading up a slide and puts the size and location of the link in environment variables so that mplayer can pick them up. There’s still a little flicker as it invokes mplayer to draw the window but I’ll handle that when I have a bit more time. Talks look and feel much slicker now. Although you really don’t want to use this as your default xpdf, running external programs embedded in a random file you download is the definition of a security hole.

And who knows? Perhaps this even will be usable on an overclocked n900.

Purdue Beamer presentation & poster themes

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Now that I’m giving talks and presenting posters more often, it’s time to make them look as if they’re actually from Purdue. I’ve written up a a Purdue Beamer theme, you can download a tarball here. This contains both a poster theme and a theme for talks.

For posters you’ll have to edit the style file to change the attribution, url, and authors. Maybe someday I’ll make it take arguments. Other needed files, like the logo, along with an example, can be found here.

If you’re going to use either of these the best thing to do is to check out the git repository.

the title slide of a Purdue-themed talk

LaTeX CV Template

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I’ve recently been editing my CV getting it into shape for summer internship applications. I think it’s starting to look decently good. The LaTeX theme (well, it’s just the resume itself, for now, maybe I’ll make it into a theme later) for it is now much easier to use, and anyone should be able to quickly write up a resume with it. No fiddling with LaTeX required. I’m told that I’ve sinned by breaking the cardinal rule of a one-page resume but oh well, there’s a lot of stuff to talk about. The only thing I might want to change is the fact that it maybe it’s missing some color.