Dear TeXmacs users and developers!
I’ve been using TeXmacs for some time. I see it is much more stable now than it used to be several years ago, especially on Windows. Many thanks to the developers for that! I think it has great potential as a presentation tool due to its interactive WYSIWYG nature. More importantly, while for papers you have to use LaTeX to be published, for presentations, you are usually allowed to use whatever tool you want if it can produce nice pdfs.
I already tried to use TeXmacs for presentations. I think that even in its current state it is quite good for that. I saw many good examples on Joris’ webpage. However, currently, I do not see any good way to combine graphics and overlays. In the LaTeX beamer style, you can do it by using tikz, which supports beamer overlays. See, for example, this.
I see that the TeXmacs graphics editor also has some support for this. But in my view, the graphics editor in its current form is quite limited and can’t fully replace tikz. Moreover, it crashes very often (at least on Windows). I know that TeXmacs has quite a nice tikz plugin that can be used for that, but it doesn’t support overlays. One possible way I see to support them is to produce multi-page documents using tikz (like in this example) and then somehow use different pages with different overlays in TeXmacs.
Do you have any ideas or suggestions on how this process can be automated?
I also think that it could be handy to have a global parameter in the tikz plugin, defined in the preamble of the TeXmacs document, that can be used to store all information (in text form) about your tikz settings (things like tikzset, usetikzlibrary, …). Otherwise, you need to copy all this stuff at the beginning of each tikz plugin instance in the document.