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CTAN update: beamer version 3.06 and pgf 1.00

Date: October 24, 2005 9:59:16 AM CEST
On Sun, 23 Oct 2005, Till Tantau submitted updates to the beamer and pgf packages. PGF is a macro package for creating graphics directly in TeX and LaTeX. Its usage is similar to pstricks and the standard picture environment. Unlike pstricks, it produces both PostScript and PDF output and works together with latex, dvips, pdftex, and pdflatex. PGF is used extensively with beamer for production of presentations. The beamer LaTeX class can be used for producing slides. Its functionality is similar to Prosper but does not need any external programs and can directly produce a presentation using pdflatex. Beamer uses pgf for pdf/ps independent graphics. Frames are created using \frame{...}, and a frame can build multiple slides through a simple notation for specifying material for each slide within a frame. Beamer supports bibliographies, appendicies and transitions. Short versions of title, authors, institute can also be specified as optional parameters. A \plainframe{} allows a picture, for example, to fill the whole frame. Support figure and table environments, transparency effects, a \transduration command, animation commands, a pauses environment. Beamer also provides compatibility with other packages like prosper. Here are the annoucements for the packages: -- latex-beamer 3.06: This release is now the official first version for use with the new pgf 1.00. This combination is now quite stable, so users are encouraged to switch over to 3.06. However, this is not yet a real new version 3.10 since there are still too many (known) problems. I'll try to work on these during the next months. Note that you *need* pgf version 1.00 (actually, 0.95 will do, but then you will *want* 1.00 instead) to use this version of beamer. Changes since latex-beamer 3.01: - Fixed bug in drawing of buttons. - Version for use with pgf version 1.00. - Added color theme wolverine and presentation theme AnnArbor, submitted by Madhusudan Singh <madhusudan.singh at gmail.com>. - Added two screen options. - Added subsubsections (evil!). - Added \begin{frame}{Title}{Subtitle} syntax. - \setbeamercovered is now scoped. - Fixed location of navigation symbols on plain frames. - Fixed wrong frame number in conjunction with fragile option. - Fixed compatibility definitions like \beamertemplateballtoc. - Fixed compatibility definitions for \beamersetleftmargin. - Fixed wobbling height of frametitle in default theme. - Fixed problem with serif theme and "onlymath" option. - Fixed problem with >127 characters and fragile option. - Fixed problem with activation of Chinese characters - Fixed problem with spaces in semiverbatim. -- pgf 1.00: Compared to the last stable version of pgf, namely version 0.65, this is almost a new program. The changes are so broad and fundamental that it does not really make sense to list them all. However, despite all the changes, this version should be fully compatible with the version 0.65. Here is an overview of the most important changes since 0.65: - The documentation is completely new and somewhat expanded. - There is now a package called TikZ that makes using pgf really easy. - pgf is no longer a pure latex package, it now also works with plain TeX and (thereby) ConTeXt. - pgf now supports not only pdftex and latex+dvips, but also dvipdfm, tex4ht (where it produces svg output) and vtex. - pgf is now layered and new backend drivers can be added much more easily. - The power of pgf has been vastly increased. It can now has a sophisticated coordinate system management, node management, supports opacity, has a new arrow management, and more. If you have been using versions 0.95 or higher, this is just the hopefully quite bugfree version of the versions sind 0.95. Note on the installation: Since pgf is no longer a latex package, it should now be unpacked in the generic part of the texmf tree, that is, as texmf/tex/generig/pgf. You *may* need to create a link in the latex part of the texmf tree at texmf/tex/latex/pgf pointing to /texmf/tex/generic/pgf/latex/pgf. This link is necessary if TeX finds an old version of pgf instead of the current one. Changes since pgf 0.65: - Added vtex support (finally!). - Added multi part mechanism to nodes. - Added very simple pgflibraryautomata. - Changed coordinate shape such that it now never produces a text label. - Renamed \pgfshapebox to \pgfnodeparttextbox (made necessary by the node part mechanism). - Added transparency to PGF (quite nice...). - Added foreach option to child path operation (also nice...). - Fixed problem with \\ in centered text. - Fixed problem with hyperlinks in nodes. - Fixed wrong arrows in trees. - Reorganised directory structure of documentation. - Added tree mechanism. - Added snake mechanism. - Added layer mechanism. - Added new shapes: cross out, strike out, forbidden sign. - Added some more documentation. - Added "none" drawing and filling colors. - Added pgflibrarytikzbackgrounds. - Changed syntax of \pgfqbox. - Changed syntax of several \pgfsys at xxxx commands. - Added SVG support / a tex4ht backend. (Complicated text inside svg graphics is not supported well, but that's mainly a shortcoming of the svg specification.) - Fixed spacing problem in dvips. - Changed syntax of plot and plot marks. - Changed syntax of ellipse and elliptical arc options. - Fixed baseline bug in tikz. - Fixed bug in pgfpages. - Introduced "every xxxx" styles, got rid of shape actions option. - Added "intersection of" syntax for coordinates. - Started revising the documentation. - Changed names of some pgfpages commands. - Changed syntax of parabola command. - Proof read documentation. - Introduced three layers: system, basic, frontends. - Wrote two frontends: TikZ (*most* useful!) and pgfpict2e (a demonstration). - Largely rewrote the basic layer. - Largely rewrote the system layer. - Completely rewrote the documentation. - Added two utilities: pgfpages and pgffor. - Made macro naming more consistent. - Added plain tex support. - Added dvipdfm support. - Restructured directory structure. - Zillions of small bugfixes. -- Thanks for the upload. For the CTAN Team Rainer Schöpf

beamer – A class for producing presentations and slides

The beamer class can be used for producing slides. The class works in both PostScript and direct PDF output modes, using the pgf graphics system for visual effects.

Content is created in the frame environment, and each frame can be made up of a number of slides using a simple notation for specifying material to appear on each slide within a frame. Short versions of title, authors, institute can also be specified as optional parameters. Whole frame graphics are supported by plain frames. The class supports figure and table environments, transparency effects, varying slide transitions and animations. Beamer also provides compatibility with other packages like prosper.

The package now incorporates the functionality of the former translator package, which is used for customising the package for use in other language environments.

Beamer depends on the following other packages: atbegshi, etoolbox, hyperref, ifpdf, pgf, and translator.

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