Re: Using Mathematica notebooks in presentations?
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- Subject: [mg97611] Re: Using Mathematica notebooks in presentations?
- From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
- Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 04:57:22 -0500 (EST)
- Organization: Uni Leipzig
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- Reply-to: kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
Hi, it is very clever to ignore Mathematicas "Slide Show" mode and to ask "How to include Mathematica without using Mathematica" If you want to have interactive Mathematica elements in your presentation *use* Mathematica slide shows, if you want no Mathematica use PowerPoint, Keynote or Acrobat. Regards Jens AES wrote: > 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 > files). > > 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.] >