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The installation instructions below are somewhat outdated (I think). I will try and update this when/if I add my new MIT style:

IAS themes for Beamer


Beamer is a latex package for preparing slides. It works with pdflatex. More information on beamer itself can be found at:

The IAS themes

I created some themes myself using IAS colors and showing the 'IAS' text in the left sidebar. Here are some samples:


Download and install the beamer package and the required packages (xcolor, pgf). You'll typically want to do this in: ~/texmf/tex/latex/
(if you put it in another place, you'll of course have to substite that in the following text...)

after installation, make tex find the files:


To use the IAS layouts there are 2 options. Perhaps the easiest is to download IASthemes.tar.gz and copy it to: ~/texmf/tex/latex/beamer. Then untar it, and let tex know about the files:

cd ~/texmf/tex/latex/beamer
tar -xvzf ./IASthemes.tar.gz
If texhash gives problem see below.

The other option is to copy IASthemes.tar.gz to some arbitrary directory (say ~/arbitrary) and link it to your texmf tree:

cd ~/arbitrary
tar -xvzf ./IASthemes.tar.gz
cd ~/texmf/tex/latex/beamer/themes/outer
ln -s ~/arbitrary/themes/outer/IAS
cd ~/texmf/tex/latex/beamer/themes/color
ln -s ~/arbitrary/themes/color/IAS
cd ~/texmf/tex/latex/beamer/themes/theme
ln -s ~/arbitrary/themes/theme/IAS

For Lyx users: make sure lyx can find the beamer layout file:

cd ~/.lyx/layouts
ln -s ~/texmf/tex/latex/beamer/lyx/layouts/beamer.layout
Start lyx, run reconfigure, restart lyx.


Beamer comes with plenty of example files, but here you can also find a sample files using the IAS templates: ias_templates.tex and (for Lyx) ias_templates_lyx.lyx. Both require a file 'uva_logo.jpg' to be in the working directory (or somewhere in your TEXINPUTS)


Alright, good luck!

If texhash gives problems...

If texhash gives problems - check if ~/texmf is known to tex. You should have something like this:

~ > echo $TEXMF
Otherwise you should update/set the correct environment variables in the file that is good for your system. Personally, I have the following in ~/
# TEX dingen
export TEXMF