LaTeX FAQs

Package graphics Error: Division by 0?
This problem with the graphics package has been around a long time, but no one has bothered to fix it. That's probably because there is an easy workaround. Try something like the following:
\includegraphics[scale=.37,angle=270,keepaspectratio=true]{FILE}

How can I create presentations with LaTeX?
There are two classes that are used here: FoilTeX and Beamer. Beamer is easier to use and has a lot more features than FoilTeX although it is compatible with the FoilTeX commands for convenience. The following commands create a PowerPoint-like presentation:

\documentclass[landscape,24pt,dvipsnames]{beamer}
\usepackage{beamerfoils}
\usecolortheme{albatross}


\begin{document}

\foilhead{First Slide}

...

\foilhead{Last Slide}

...

\endfoil
\end{document}

Note that the last command has to be \endfoil. Also, note that including PDF graphics is problematic since the background color of the presentation will over-write the graphics and cannot be changed. The workaround is to convert the graphics to JPEG before including them. The beamer manual can be found at file:///opt/local/texlive/2007/texmf-dist/doc/latex/beamer/doc/beameruserguide.pdf

How can I create posters with LaTeX?
There are several classes that are necessary, but the following should work:\documentclass[b1,landscape]{sciposter}

\usepackage{multicol}
\title{Reading, Writing and Ritalin: Parents and Teachers Agree that Stimulants are more effective than Behavioral Therapy for treatment of students with ADHD}

% Note: only give author names, not institute
\author{Rodney Sparapani, MS}

% insert correct institute name
\institute{Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research,\\
the Medical College of Wisconsin\\}

\email{montypython@mcw.edu} % shows author email address below institute

%\date is unused by the current \maketitle

% The following commands can be used to alter the default logo settings
%\leftlogo[0.9]{logoWenI}{ % defines logo to left of title (with scale factor)
%\rightlogo[0.52]{RuGlogo} % same but on right

% NOTE: This will require presence of files logoWenI.eps and RuGlogo.eps, % or other supported format in the current directory

\begin{document}
%define conference poster is presented at (appears as footer)

\conference{Conference on Teaching Introductory Statistics,\\
July 14th, 2006, Milwaukee, WI, USA}

\maketitle

%%% Begin of Multicols-Enviroment
\begin{multicols}{3}

%%% Abstract
\begin{abstract}

...

\end{abstract}

...

\end{multicols}
\end{document}

Viewing the results with xdvi is usually not possible for large posters, but Acrobat Reader should be fine. The sizes are as follows (converted from metric to inches):

Size

Short Side

Long Side

a0

32.7444

46.3398

a1

23.1660

32.7444

a2

16.3722

23.1660

a3

11.5830

16.3722

ra0

33.5400

47.5800

ra1

23.7900

33.5400

ra2

16.7700

23.7900

b0

39.0000

55.1460

b1

27.5730

39.0000

b2

19.5000

27.5730

b3

13.8060

19.5000

SAS Help

Rodney Sparapani, PhD
Assistant Professor
Institute for Health and Society
(414) 456-8786
rsparapa@mcw.edu

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