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Re: Using Mathematica notebooks in presentations?

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  • Subject: [mg97645] Re: Using Mathematica notebooks in presentations?
  • From: Yves Klett <yves.klett at>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 05:03:52 -0500 (EST)
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I recently tried the following with some success (Win XP and Mathematica

In Powerpoint or OpenOffice Impress, I put simple hyperlinks* to
notebooks containing interactive content (Manipulate and such):

a) If the linked notebook is not open yet, the link starts up
Mathematica and loads the notebook. Then you have to excecute the cells
in some fashion by hand or initialisation or whatever

b) If the notebook is already opened, the window focus switches over to
the notebook. That way you can execute all relevant code beforehand and
arrange the window content etc. to your liking.

In both cases, you can e.g. Alt-Tab back to your presentation.

Of course, with multiple open notebooks you have to take care shared
symbols - but that is nothing new anyway.

Apart from the fact that truly dynamic content can be quite dizzying for
people heavily accustomed to Powerpoint and such, I really like this way
of getting Mathematica on screen. In fact it is much more convenient and
infinitely more flexible than generating content in Mathematica,
converting and exporting it to a movie and reimporting that into PPT.

Of course, if Mathematica would offer some more nifty presentation
functionality (dealing quickly with lots of fullscreen images etc.), I=C2=
gladly do everything there...


*e.g. Powerpoint: select an object on a slide, right mouseclick,
"Hyperlink" and choose a notebook file.

AES schrieb:
> 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) allo=
> for either _embedding_ these materials within the presentation itself,
> or for _linking_ to these materials as separate free-standing (and henc=
> separately updatable or replaceable) files, which are in some cases the=
> 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 executin=
> 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 th=
> 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 presentatio=
> 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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