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edoviak
September 9th, 2007, 08:14 AM
I just spent five hours figuring out how to use the Prosper (http://amath.colorado.edu/documentation/LaTeX/prosper/) document class in Kile. (http://kile.sourceforge.net/) I'm writing, in part, to make sure that no one else endures such a painful experience and, in part, to find out how bad my solution was.

I've been writing my dissertation in Kile, so I had already installed the TeTeX package, on which Prosper depends, (I think).

I began by installing the Prosper package (which placed the files in my /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex directory). I then tried to create some slides, but I could not understand why the slides that I compiled were always blank. I did a web search and found this page, (http://linuxnotebook.wordpress.com/2007/08/13/presentations-with-latex-prosper-class/) which suggests manually installing the prosper, contrib-prosper and seminar packages manually. Before going too far however, I noticed that there already was a seminar directory in my
/usr/share/texmf-tetex/tex/latex/ directory, so I decided to untar the prosper and contrib-prosper archives (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=14812) into that directory. Once again, my slides were blank.

Finally, I hit upon a solution that worked:

Compile the TeX file with Kile's LaTeX button
Convert the DVI to a PS file with Kile's DVItoPS button
Convert the PS to PDF with Kile's PStoPDF button
View the PDF.


Would this clumsy solution have worked if I had not untarred the prosper and contrib-prosper archives into the /usr/share/texmf-tetex/tex/latex/ directory? In other words, was there any need to download the archives and install manually?

Thanks,
- Eric

LaserJock
September 9th, 2007, 08:59 AM
How were you trying to build/view your slides before?
Your "clumsy solution" is how I normally use Kile :). I don't think you needed to get the prosper and contrib-prosper tarballs.

-LaserJock

edoviak
September 9th, 2007, 09:43 AM
Wow! That was fast! Thanks Laser.

How were you trying to build/view your slides before?
Your "clumsy solution" is how I normally use Kile :). I don't think you needed to get the prosper and contrib-prosper tarballs.

I prior to getting the tarballs, I tried to view the DVIs (with KDVI) and I tried to compile to PDF. Upon seeing a blank DVI/ blank PDF, I got discouraged and I didn't think to convert the DVI to PS.

I was also getting a lot of error messages, which I can no longer reproduce.

(Sorry. I know that isn't very helpful, but I don't have the time to retrace my steps. I have to give a presentation on Tuesday).

- Eric