fonts for slides

EK's picture

I am looking for some recommendations for fonts to use in LaTeX/Beamer slides. I am limited to fonts bundled with CS3, Windows system fonts, and free as in beer fonts. The slides are not too busy, but do contain short blocks of text.

Thanks!

hrant's picture

What's the topic?
How large will the point size be, and at
what distance from the [furthest] viewer?

hhp

EK's picture

The slides accompany lectures, seminars, and conference papers. The audience is typically students or academics in law or urban planning. The rooms range from seminar rooms, to midsize lecture halls, to large auditoriums (I usually test the slides in advance from the back row and adjust the size before compiling).

If you have several recommendations for different scenarios, I'll take them all!

hrant's picture

Are you looking for visual consistency across all your slides, or just a toolbox of fonts you can pick and choose from depending on the needs?

When you say Windows system fonts, are you including Vista?

What are the CS3 fonts?

hhp

EK's picture

I like consistency, sometimes.
I am looking for a workhorse, but I will vary on a whim. I do have the vista fonts, and the CS3 fonts are these: http://blogs.adobe.com/typblography/CS3fonts.html

Thanks!

hrant's picture

Give Candara a shot. It's a screen font, it's very open (including trapping), plus it has the right level of liveliness - enough to inject some interest in the lo-fi world of slides.

hhp

EK's picture

Thanks, I will. It may be tricky to use in LaTeX, but I'll give it a shot.

speter's picture

Eran, using Candara with XeTeX isn't difficult at all.

EK's picture

Steve, XeTeX is great, but I'm a LyX user, so I'd have to export every document to .tex first, then compile. Also, won't I have problems with \pgfpagesuselayout?

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