MMD Composer v4 and Beamer (LaTeX slides)

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07 Jan, 2018 06:40 PM

Howdy! Firstly, thanks very much for the increadible work on both the composer and espeically multimarkdown. I just started usign MMDv6 and it is increadible how much you updated. Thanks!

Sadly, my latest updates (Composer v2 -> v4 and MMDv? -> v6) has considerably limited some functionality, at least for my work flow. Specifically: how can I write in Composer v4 and export LaTeX beamer?

 This was both straightforward and immenently customizable with composer v2 using the 'latex input: foo' and 'latex footer: foo' headers (e.g. with the templates at )

I see the whole set-up for including headers and footers is new in v4, but I dont' see support for beamer:

Please help! I loved using Composer to 'mock up' slides quickly and ealisy, export them as LaTeX and have a working Beamer .text file to edit/ use/ modify in a LaTeX editor.

Many thanks!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 07 Jan, 2018 07:33 PM

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    Thanks for writing in!

    The changes you refer to here are technically changes to MMD v6, not
    Composer v4 (yes, Composer v4 uses MMD v6, but they're two different
    things -- mainly that is important to help properly direct google
    searches... ;)

    MMD 6 uses a different configuration for LaTeX. It does require
    updating your documents (and LaTeX support files), but once you make the
    changes it will be much easier moving forward.

    The MMD 6 Quick Start Guide describes this:

    In your case, you would want to use the `latex leader`, `latex begin`,
    and `latex footer` metadata keys instead of the old `latex input` key,
    as I have not created a specific beamer set-up for the `latex config`
    option. I'll add this to my to do list.

    You can still use the `latex mode` metadata to switch between "regular"
    LaTeX, beamer, and memoir syntax, just like MMD 5 and earlier.


  2. 2 Posted by scott.moser on 07 Jan, 2018 07:40 PM

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    Ah ha! Thanks so much for this helpful and ultra-speedy reply! Sorry for my mis-statements. I see now I can at least get out beamer slides (e.g. slides encapulated with \begin{frame} and \end{frame}) using 'latex mode: beamer'. But there will be no '\begin{document}', etc.

    I am hopeful there will be some example


    files to work from some day. Or should I try and cook these up myself?

    Thanks again, and happy new year!

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fletcher on 07 Jan, 2018 07:43 PM

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    You can you use the same ones you used before -- just have to change the
    metadata key names as described below. `latex input` doesn't work any more.

    (yes, eventually there will be mmd6-beamer-leader/begin/footer -- but
    those will just be renamed versions of the existing files, possibly with
    a few small tweaks).


  4. 4 Posted by scott.moser on 07 Jan, 2018 08:10 PM

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    Double-Ahha! Thanks so much! I think I understand now. Back to a good
    Thanks again!

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Fletcher on 07 Jan, 2018 08:21 PM

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    No worries — glad it’s working for you!


  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Fletcher on 09 Jan, 2018 02:37 PM

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    FYI -- I just pushed a commit to the development branch on github:

    That folder includes renamed beamer files (with a few tweaks) that fit the same structure as the other MMD-6 latex support files. With these, it becomes possible to use the latex config single metadata key to specify which LaTeX templates are used.


  7. Fletcher closed this discussion on 09 Jan, 2018 02:37 PM.

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