Slides with LaTeX
posted April 2014
If you read this blog, you know that recently I gave a talk on bitcoins.
I also gave a talk on whitebox cryptography last week.
One part of giving a talk that a lot of people tend to overlook is making good slides. I've always used Powerpoint for that, but for my last talk on whitebox cryptography I had two other persons on my team. Powerpoint was not an option if we were all working on the same file. LaTeX is the solution.
It's a real text file so you can use a revision control system like git, it's constant in its layout. You configure it at the beginning of the file and then you don't have to worry about it later.
We also had a fight (we were tired) on what theme to used. I went for no theme at all. Because everything else is visual noise.
Here's a great article from Zach Holman on the subject. If you ask me, and I'm not saying my slides are perfect, there are way too many crappy slides out there!