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Writing Presentations

This page describes how to use the LSST-beamer class to make LSST-style presentations with beamer.

.. seealso::

   - :ref:`presentation-template`
   - :ref:`examples`

Quick start

You can use beamer to make LSST-flavoured talks by adding something like:

\usepackage[fonts=false]{LSST-beamer}

to your beamer presentation. You need the fonts=false if you want to use :command:`pdflatex`; if you're happy with :command:`xelatex` it may be omitted.

Alternate themes

The backgrounds for the title and main pages are found in the directory :file:`LSST-themes/`. Two files are required:

(jpg files are also allowed, e.g. :file:`LSSTcover.jpg`)

Default may be a symbolic link to choose the proper background, or you may specify a different directory with the backgroundTheme option to the LSST-beamer package, e.g.

\usepackage[backgroundTheme=LSST2016]{LSST-beamer}

You may use footline=XXX to put text in the footer, generally with the default "generic" backgroundTheme, as many backgroundThemes already have something there. The text may use {} to quote spaces; see :ref:`beamer-LSST2016` for an example.

You may use \position as an alias for \institute (e.g. \position{DM Boss}) (but only if you declare it after importing the LSST-beamer package).

Another common problem is DESC; they use a different layout for their cover slides --- see :ref:`beamer-desc`.

Options reference

The full set of options that the LSST-beamer package accepts are:

quiet
Suppress some pdf warnings.
descTheme
Fiddle beamer to use DESC templates.
colorlinks
Hyperref's colorlinks, but set colours for beamer (default: false).
theme
Beamer theme to use (default: Boadilla).
colortheme
Beamer colour theme (default: seahorse); takes precedence over foreground.
foreground
Foreground color (RGB triplet e.g. {0.1, 0, 0.2}).
titleColor
Name of colour for title (e.g. white).
titleVoffset
Vertical offset of start of title in units of \textheight (default: 0.2).
backgroundTheme
Location of LSST{cover,main}.pdf (a directory relative to LSST-themes; default: default). No backgrounds are inserted if backgroundTheme is empty.
footline
Text to put in the footer (generally with backgroundTheme=generic).
centerFrameTitle
Centre frame titles (default: true).
noOutline
Don't include an outline before each section (BEAMER_FRAME_LEVEL: 2).
serif
Use serif font theme.
fonts
Allow user to set fonts using using xelatex's font management.
mainFont
The main font (default: Tex Gyre Pagella; only takes effect if fonts=true).
mainFontScale
Scaling for main font (default: 1; only takes effect if fonts=true).
sansFont
The sans font (default: Open Sans; only takes effect if fonts=true).
sansFontScale
Scaling for sans font (default: 1; only takes effect if fonts=true).
monoFont
The mono font (default: Inconsolata; only takes effect if fonts=true).
monoFontScale
Scaling for mono font (default: 1; only takes effect if fonts=true).