Pptalk: A LaTeX-based package for talk presentation

Created by Palash B. Pal
First released: February 2004.
New version: March 2005.
Manual revised: November 2016
The package Pptalk is a LaTeX-based style file which allows you to achieve the following things:
  1. Using a multi-media projector, you can project your talk on the screen in different slides. The slides can be divided into different segments which can appear one at a time, at the push of one key on the keyboard or one click of the mouse.
  2. If you change your mind and decide to give the talk with transparencies, you can use the same file, with one announcement in the preamble, to generate a hard copy which will not divide a page into segments.
  3. If you further want to print out the talk where you would not care about the division of the text into slides, you can again do it with a different announcement in the preamble.

The files in the distribution

These are the names of the files in the package, along with an upper limit of their sizes given in parentheses:
Only the first file is indispensable. The others are for helping the user at the initial stage. Read more about these files to decide which ones you need to download.

The pdf file

I suggest that you first download the file samptalk.pdf, open it with any pdf viewer and go through it. Acroread (also known as Acrobat Reader) is recommended, version number 5.0 or higher.

When you first open it, you might find that all the lines are running vertically upwards. If that happens, use the View menu to rotate it clockwise by 90°. If the file appears in normal orientation, ignore this step.

Go to the full-screen view now. This can be accessed in the pull-down menu under the option View, or alternatively, by pressing Ctrl-L. Use the left mouse button, or the PageDown button on the keyboard to go forward in the file.

You may use some special features of this mode. For example, in the PREFERENCES menu, you can set up such that new slides appear in the DISSOLVE mode, or in some other mode that you like. These, of course, have to be set before you enter the full-screen view mode.

You cannot fail to notice that this file is a manual for Pptalk. It is also an example created with Pptalk. If you are satisfied with the example and want to use Pptalk for your presentations, continue.

The style file

As already said, the file pptalk.sty is the main file which does all the tricks for you. You need to install it.

The inessential files

The file samptalk.tex is the source file from which samptalk.pdf has been produced. You may want to look into the source file to get some idea of how to write a Pptalk file.

The file slidekey.pl is useful only if you use an emacs editor. It is a little script that you can insert into your emacs configuration file (called .emacs). Once this is done, a push of the keyboard function key F11 will write the commands \beginslide and \endslide into a file, provided the emacs version is 19 or higher. You can change it trivially to any other key of your choice.

How to use Pptalk

All instructions regarding the use of Pptalk have been given in the sample file samptalk.pdf mentioned earlier. In case of any problem, send a message to the creator of Pptalk.


Pptalk is protected by the GNU General Public License (GPL). To know more about GPL, go to the GPL home page.

This page is created and maintained by Palash B. Pal
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