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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

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Thursday June 27, 2002
04:25 PM

AxPoint tips and tricks

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So people are starting to use AxPoint. Wonderful! But people aren't understanding everything, not so wonderful... So here's some hints and tips.

  • For the <source-code> tag, you can specify <source-code fontsize="11"> to get smaller fonts if your source won't fit on a slide.
  • You can really get great effects by specifying <slide default-transition="none"> and then using <point transition="replace"> on the first of a group of points you want to appear at the same time.
  • The -l option to /usr/bin/axpoint launches acroread for you, making edit/check/debug cycles a bit faster.
  • AxPoint supports SVG - this is really useful, to (for example) draw diagrams, lines, curves, circles etc. You can see an example of this in This presentation I gave to
  • AxPoint doesn't do anything special with characters itself, but it is XML, so to get a < sign you have to type &lt;, and to get an & sign you need to type &amp;

I hope that helps those of you who like me are still doing presentations for upcoming conferences!

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