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Re: Bug#299242: ITP: ha-prosper -- improved LaTeX class for writing transparencies

* Andreas Tille <tillea@rki.de> [20050313 18:15]:
>  On Sun, 13 Mar 2005, Michael Prokop wrote:

> > I think replacing the prosper-package with ha-prosper wouldn't be
> > a good choice. I'd like to provide ha-prosper in a separate 
> > package
> > so when TeXciting is available there aren't any breakages with
> > prosper.

>  Recently I investigated some time in LaTeX based presentation tools.
>  The consequence was:

>     1. Prosper is nice but development tsopped since about 3 years.

>     2. HA-prosper was kind of continuing the work of prosper.  It is
>        more enhanced and I even builded some packages for my private
>        use of it until I noticed latex-beamer (see below).  My impression
>        was that while it is superior about prosper and should prosper
>        replace regarding to this fact it is not really worth packaging
>        because development is stalled as well because of the new
>        TeXciting project.

>     3. LaTeX-Beamer has compatibility modes for prosper and ha-prosper.
>        It is much more feature complete and flexible than both above.
>        There is absolutely no reson to investigate time into any
>        *prosper package because LaTeX-Beamer is the package your
>        really want.  For an example see

>  http://people.debian.org/~tille/talks/200503_peking_cdd/index_en.html
>        I do not know anything about TeXciting and thus I can not compare
>        but before crowding the archive with a package like ha-prosper
>        try LaTeX-Beamer.

I do know many people who are used to ha-prosper and haven't
switched to LaTeX-Beamer yet.

ha-prosper needs less space than latex-beamer (not taking care of
dependencies but ratio should be equalent):

root@grml ~ # apt-cache show ha-prosper | grep Installed-Size
Installed-Size: 516
root@grml ~ # apt-cache show latex-beamer | grep Installed-Size
Installed-Size: 3364
root@grml ~ #

And TeXciting might never be released, quoting Hendri - the author
of ha-prosper:

| I have reconsidered whether it will be possible
| to finish this project. Taking into account also
| the work that I'm doing on other packages and
| my involvement in LaTeX3, I conclude that it will
| unfortunately be very unlikely, that I will ever
| finish that project.

See his posting on ha-prosper-mailinglist for more details:

So in my opinion it would be useful to provide a debian package of


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