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Re: Using Mathematica to create slides

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  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 04:16:55 -0500 (EST)
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On Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:20:37 -0500 (EST), hyphz wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm thinking of using Mathematica to create some slides for a
> presentation on 3D graphics algorithms.  I've found a lot of neat ways
> of creating examples but I'm having a bit of trouble seeing how to lay
> out the slides.  In particular
> - How can I hide the Input cells with the Mathematica source code in
> them?

Double-click the cell bracket of the output cell.  This will close the cell
group, but close it around the output cell instead of the input cell.

> - Can I have a cell that doesn't stretch all the way across the slide
> horizontally?  So that I can have some text and an example by the side
> of it?

The closest thing to doing what you want is to use Grid[] to create a two-column 
grid.  For example:

Grid[{{Text["Here's a graphic I created with Mathematica"],

You could then use the trick above to hide the code.

> - Can I have a cell that doesn't appear when the slide is first shown,
> but which appears when the advance button is pressed?  Something like
> the multistage animations in PowerPoint?

Yeah, this would be nice.  What I do is to dupe the slides using copy/paste,
then add the newly exposed content to the second copy of the slide.  A feature 
to do this would be better, but this at least gets the trick done.

> - Can I have any transition between slides other than a jump?

No, sorry.

> I'd be really grateful for any help with these.  Thanks in advance.

Hope my answers helped.


John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

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