Examples of prosper styles can be viewed on the prosper web site.

To use prosper you create a latex document in the prosper style and then process it with latex. You then process the resulting dvi file with dvips and finally convert it to PDF with ps2pdf.

`Powerpoint' like presentations using PDFLaTeX and PPower4

PPower4 can be used to postprocess documents for presentations created with pdflatex, where parts of the page are to be uncovered step by step during presentation with Acrobat Reader. Additional features include displaying parts of a page in any order, removing items from the page and inserting fancy transitions or backgrounds.

PPower4 is not a complete presentation package. It is intended as an enhancement to standard LaTeX classes such as foils or slides (although there is a foiltex based package with ppower4 called pp4slide).

Linking Xdvi and Emacs for Easy Searching

Add the following line to your .cshrc-user file:

setenv XEDITOR 'emacsclient --no-wait +%l %f'

the following line to your .emacs file:


and then to your latex document the line:


Since you have modified the .cshrc-user file, which affects all xterm windows, it is probably best to logout and in again to make sure everything is reset.

The Slides and Foils Classes

Method One - Slides Class

To produce slides you can simply use the slides document class. This gives you the large clear font and numbers the slides at the bottom right corner.

To produce a slide in your LaTeX you simply include the text as follows

put text etc. in here

In the slides class there are no sectioning commands and you cannot use other environments such as figures. To include a figure in your slides you simply use LaTeX of the form

Converting a PS File to an EPS File

Using ps2epsi

The command ps2epsi can be used to convert a ps file to an eps file, e.g. give a file called it can be converted to an eps file with

ps2epsi picture.epsi

This also adds to the file a bitmap preview image which is not really necessary. You can thus remove it with the command

perl -ne 'print unless /^%%EndPreview/' < picture.epsi > picture.eps

Using lablst

Ever needed to produce a list of all the labels in your latex and the keys that go with them. You can do this using lablst. Simply type

latex lablst

and follow the prompts to enter the name of the input file, the name of the documentclass and the name of any packages included. This will produce a document you can view with the command

xdvi lablst

Putting Figures in LaTeX Documents

Figures are known as floating bodies as they float to the most suitable place rather than necessarily appearing exactly in the text where you put the commands. There are essentially 2 main ways of including figures you should know.

EPS graphics

If you have created an encapsulated postscript picture using another packages (e.g. Maple, Matlab, xfig) you can include it in your LaTeX with commands of the form


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