Using Mathematica notebooks in presentations?
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- Subject: [mg97590] Using Mathematica notebooks in presentations?
- From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
- Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 04:25:06 -0500 (EST)
- Organization: Stanford University
Graphics material prepared in Mathematica (figures, charts, graphs,
tables, animations, movies, demonstrations) can for the most part be
exported to external files, which can then be inserted into or used in
documents or presentations prepared in PDF, PPT, or other widely used
formats using Acrobat, Word, PowerPoint, Preview, Keynote, QuickTime,
and innumerable other editing and presentation tools.
In general tools like these (the presentation tools in particular) allow
for either _embedding_ these materials within the presentation itself,
or for _linking_ to these materials as separate free-standing (and hence
separately updatable or replaceable) files, which are in some cases then
actually displayed by their parent app, which is temporarily activated
within the presentation itself.
[Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, and PowerPoint can, for example, link to
and activate QuickTime movies and certain other apps from within
presentations that they are presenting.]
A quick experiment shows that PDF files in particular can also contain
links to Mathematica notebooks, such that one can open and view or
display notebooks within a PDF document or presentation that one is
viewing or displaying using Acrobat (or, I suspect, Adobe Reader); and
then revert back to or continue with the PDF presentation itself.
[PDF files seem to have the general capability in fact to link to, open,
and let you execute most any kind of external file whose parent app is
also present on your system.]
Per a recent thread in this group, Mathematica notebooks can also be
made auto-starting or auto-executing, such that they can begin executing
immediately when linked to from within a PDF document.
I've yet to explore whether Mathematica-linking capabilities similar to
the above are also available in PowerPoint, Keynote, or other widely
used presentation programs (though programs like these can certainly
link to and execute QuickTime movies and other dynamic media); and I've
also yet to explore whether these links to notebooks from within PDF
presentations can be made to display within a specific window within the
underlying basic presentation (although this is also certainly possible
with certain combinations of presentation apps and other external
Because of its potential usefulness, I'd appreciate seeing posts from
anyone else who has experience with this overall mode of operation --
that is, with linking to notebooks (or any other Mathematica formats)
from _within_ other varieties of presentation software -- and who can
add further helpful hints, tricks, or pointers to tutorial material.
[Debates on _whether_ one _should_ present Mathematica-generated
material in this fashion -- that is, by starting with other presentation
applications and linking from within them to Mathematica notebooks --
are a separate topic, and might be be the subject of a separate thread.]
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