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Re: Mathematica and Powerpoint

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  • Subject: [mg29553] Re: Mathematica and Powerpoint
  • From: Gary McClelland <gary.mcclelland at>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 02:01:05 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <9gs2to$k4d$> <9guo8o$ntg$> <9h1bnm$rqh$>
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in article 9h1bnm$rqh$1 at, Flip at at
Flip at wrote on 6/23/01 12:07 AM:

> Hello,
> can someone please elaborate on the presentation mode mentioned below?

Its in the standard menus
   Format > Screen Style Environment > Presentation

It is just a display format that is pretty good when your computer screen is
projected.  I've used Mathematica live like that in many presentations.  The
ability to change things on the fly is really useful, unless you confuse
yourself and then your audience.  Someone asks, "what if" and you give them
the definitive answer.  I'm always amazed at how Powerpoint turns incredibly
powerful computers into bells-and-whistles slide projectors.  But if time is
short ("keep your questions until the end") and it is an audience that
wouldn't have patience with my "oops, that isn't what I meant to evaluate"
then PowerPoint with static slides works better.  But with a little practice
you can really wow an audience with a good Mathematica presentation.  Many
of us first bought Mathematica after watching Wolfram put on a show.

But I don't know anything about the "pdftex" and "pdfsceen package"
Jens-Peer referred to.  Enlightenment?

Gary McClelland
Univ of Colorado

> In article <9guo8o$ntg$1 at>, Jens-Peer Kuska says...
>> Hi,
>> typical Mathematica itself is used for presentations.
>> That's why you can switch into the presentation mode and
>> it has several positive effects
>> - you can evaluate
>> - you can show animations
>> If you have a alot of equations and don't need the evaluation
>> feature you can still use pdftex with the pdfsceen package
>> to get perfect presentations.
>> Regards
>>  Jens
>> "Barry D. Jacobson" wrote:
>>> Hi:
>>> I am new to Mathematica, and want to import a simple session into
>>> Powerpoint. Could someone tell me the easiest way to do this. When I
>>> type into a notebook, and then select the lines I need, a menu comes up
>>> with choices like copy as: plain text, formatted text, latex, html,
>>> metafile, etc. Formatted text doesn't even show up in Powerpoint. The
>>> plain text has all kinds of additional characters. The HTML doesn't seem
>>> to show up either, when selecting and pasting from within Explorer to
>>> Powerpoint. Metafile works, but imports as an image which can't be
>>> edited as text.
>>> Is there any standard procedure in use?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Barry Jacobson

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