I had to give a presentation yesterday. A math one. Filled with dirty little symbols, expressions, equations and geometrical figures.
I had done that quite a few times already, but this time, I wanted to try to make slides and see what tools are available out there.
I'm pretty sure there is a proper LaTeX template, but I wanted something more modern and colorful. I was thinking Google Docs, but they don't support any kind of math. There is however a better tool, Zoho, that does. Insert a whole paragraph of praising Zoho here.
Using LaTeX in Zoho is fast and easy: you click on "insert equation" and a little LaTeX editor shows up. Once your equation is ready, an image is inserted in your document. Image, but you can always right-click on it and edit it. All I can wish for is that those images were rendered a little faster.
Okay, I've been a little manipulative here. LaTeX works great, but only in Zoho Writer (the "Word") and not in Zoho Show, the presentation tool. At least officially. I did, however, manage to make a math presentation, not without issues, but I easily found workarounds:
- First, prepare your whole presentation in Writer. You won't be able to edit much in Show.
- To make a slide with math, pick a text slide. Put some text you might remove later, then paste your text with math. If it looks good, better not touch.
- Do not use bullet lists, they don't work. Your text gets parsed and the equations disappear.
- Sometimes a bug occurs: a slide stays on the screen and seems to overwrite all the others. Close the presentation and reopen it, it should work then.
Here's the result (in Polish):