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how to make Latex Beamer Presentations
If you want to create overhead presentations (á la Powerpoint) with LaTeX, you can do so by using Beamer class, which creates surprisingly professional and sophisticated documents that you can then display using any pdf viewer (e.g., such as Adobe Acrobat). The advantage of using LaTeX over a program like Powerpoint is that it doesn't require expensive software for either creating or displaying your presentation; it thus makes the presentation truly "portable".
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