Explain LaTex to me like I’m 5
April 16, 2019 6:34 AM   Subscribe

I have a slide deck in LaTex that I need to personalize (change templates, change some text), export to pdf, and present. Today. I have a Mac. Are there good tutorials for these tasks?

It’s not an emergency if this doesn’t happen but I would really like it to.

I’m comfortable editing the .tex file in Sublime. I would be able to figure out how to export to pdf. Having a pointer to a good tutorial would make this less stressful and possibly faster. The last I’m really most worried about is changing the template.
posted by bilabial to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
If you have latex installed, then open up Terminal, cd to the directory where the .tex file is and run pdflatex.
posted by pharm at 6:35 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]

What class file is called in the preamble by \documentclass{foo} ( usually in first few lines, definitely before \begin{document}?

If it’s beamer , then changing the theme or template is as simple as changing the name of the theme called.

If it’s an article class or something handrolled, who knows? If you can post the preamble on pastebin (first line down to \begin{document}, shouldn’t be a privacy issue, redact names etc if necessary) we can then offer useful suggestions but until then it’s just too general to be able to help much; LaTeX contains multitudes.
posted by SaltySalticid at 6:44 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]

You should probably start with getting MacTex installed.
posted by rockindata at 6:52 AM on April 16

In the name of haste, instead of installing MacTeX I’d probably just upload the Tex file to Overleaf.
posted by supercres at 7:17 AM on April 16 [6 favorites]

I'd make sure you can build the current version (i.e. export to PDF) before making any changes.

I use TexStudio for editing but LaTeX distributions may be fiddly to install on recent Macs. Overleaf might be a good first step.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 7:58 AM on April 16 [2 favorites]

I got it done. I think I might need to make the tutorial I needed.
posted by bilabial at 6:14 PM on April 16 [2 favorites]

Glad it worked out! Also if you get a tutorial together that covers every major LaTeX presentation package — please let me know!
posted by SaltySalticid at 4:18 AM on April 17

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