# LaTeX Poster Template

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## Introduction

A LaTeX template to efficently design pretty posters for scientific conferences. Posters are composited of blocks with headings, which can be positioned easily on the page, using absolute or relative positioning. A number of predefined styles can be composed to generate new color schemes and ornaments.

## News

• 29. September 2011:
• Finally fixed confusion with paper size handling and landscape. This required seperate handling of papersizes known to the geometry package and other packages.
• 26. September 2011:
• Reverted drawing of faded borders to manual method, as the current result does not work with evince, and produced spurious colored boxes with okular and acroread.
• Added one more example due to popular request
• 16. September 2011: nag removed, examples added
• Removed nag package, such that it compiles on older systems
• added one more portrait example.
• 15. September 2011: Complete overhaul, thanks to Reinhold Kainhofer
• Merged fork by (rk) back into mainline, essentially taking over all the great improvements that Reinhold Kainhofer coded. We call this version 2, as it breaks the interface in some small points. Essentially watch out for this:
• no/yes keys are now false/true
• the shade-lr etc. keys have the hypen removed, and are now called shadelr etc.
• 07. April 2011: Fixed paper size handling
• Fixed Paper Size handling, you can now specify all page sizes using paperwidth=, paperheight= class options.
• Added rudimentary documentation of the available keys.
• 11. December 2010: Fixed "Empty Second Page" bug
• A second empty page was introduced when a document ended with
                  \end{poster}
\end{document}
                  \end{poster}%
\end{document}

This was fixed thanks to a suggestion by Martin Aulbach
• Suppressing page numbers, which became visible when the margins are large. The underlying problem of page-size handling has not yet been solved. Thanks to Rodrigo Dominguez and Jon Goodall for the bug-reports.
• 30. September 2010
• Correct background color with textborder=rounded-small, Thanks to Ke Chen for the bugreport and patch.
• Correctly draw rectangular text boxes, Thanks to abenkst for the bugreport and fix.
• Corrected error output when choosing undefined textborder option
• 10. June 2010: Added option to set the number of columns
• added a class option to set the number of columns
• columns=5: sets the number of columns to 5, possible values are 1..6, default is 3 in portrait and 4 in landscape format
• 29. April 2009: Incorporated Patches by Arne Henningsen
• a4shrink: shrink the paper to A4 size (for printing drafts or handouts)
• movebody=Xpt: move the text/poster body Xpt to the right (or to the left if Xpt is negative), e.g. for manually centering the poster on the page
• showframe: use the "showframe" option of the "geometry" package
• a0paper (default): set paper size to A0
• archE: set paper size to Arch E
• setting "background" can be "none" now (otherwise the "showframe" option has no effect)
• the page number has been removed (it was mostly not visible before)
• the "margin=" option works now
• 14. November 2008
• Center title when using eyecatcher. (Beware, that the \\[1em] before the author list is not working anymore. Use \vspace{1em} as in the example poster.
• 04. November 2008
• Fixed bug with eyecatcher not working
• 26. June 2008
• Fixed bug with plain background mode.
• 14. June 2008
• Support for portrait/landscape switching.
• Some smaller bugfixes.
• 01. June 2007
• First version released.

## Documentation

There is a rudimentary documentation in the package. You can also download baposter_guide.pdf directly.

## Bugs

There probably are some, they are tracked at the baposter bugtracker. You can also send me an eMail, but then I might forget it if I'm too busy.

## Hints

Use this class with pdflatex, pslatex probably wont work, though I never tried.

I have confirmed that this package works with

• texlive 2007
• miktex 2.7

It does not seem to work with

• miktex 2.2
• some old versions of tetex

if in doubt, try to install a new version of the PGF library.

This class also needs a modern version of xkeyvals. I have confirmed it to fail with xkeyval 2005/01/30 v2.0 and to work with xkeyval 2006/11/18 v2.5f. If you are getting the following error message:

Keys

! LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.
Type H <return> for immediate help.
...

l.130 \define@cmdkey[ba]{poster}[b
aposter@]{grid} [no] ...

then your xkeyvals package is too old.

## Examples

Some of these examples are part of the source package, in the examples/ subdirectory. The code for examples which are not included is not available, as it is incompatible with the current version of baposter.

### ICVSS '08

For ICVSS I introduced portrait and landscape modes. Here the same poster in both modes.

## FAQ

1. How do I change the number of columns
Since version 1.04 (10. June 2010) there is an option to set the number of columns, you can choose between 1 to 6 columns, the default is 4 columns in landscape and 3 columns in portrait mode. (Use columns=n) in the poster options
2. How do I change the text in the boxes (\textsc does not work)
Use \sc instead of \textsc, as this applies to more than one paragraph.
3. Which colours did you use for ICVSS'08?
Here are the important parts of the header. The full poster does not compile with the current version of the poster style, because some presets have changed.
      \definecolor{silver}{cmyk}{0,0,0,0.3}
\definecolor{yellow}{cmyk}{0,0,0.9,0.0}
\definecolor{reddishyellow}{cmyk}{0,0.22,1.0,0.0}
\definecolor{black}{cmyk}{0,0,0.0,1.0}
\definecolor{darkYellow}{cmyk}{0,0,1.0,0.5}
\definecolor{darkSilver}{cmyk}{0,0,0,0.1}

\definecolor{lightyellow}{cmyk}{0,0,0.3,0.0}
\definecolor{lighteryellow}{cmyk}{0,0,0.1,0.0}
\definecolor{lighteryellow}{cmyk}{0,0,0.1,0.0}
\definecolor{lightestyellow}{cmyk}{0,0,0.05,0.0}

\begin{poster}%
% Poster Options
{
% Color style
bgColorOne=lighteryellow,
bgColorTwo=lightestyellow,
borderColor=reddishyellow,
boxColorOne=lightyellow,
boxColorTwo=lighteryellow,
% Format of textbox
textborder=roundedleft,
background=plain,
linewidth=2pt
}
4. How do I use a background image?
Use the \background command:
      \background{
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]%
\draw (current page.north west)+(-2em,2em) node[anchor=north west]
{\includegraphics[height=1.1\textheight]{silhouettes_background}};
\end{tikzpicture}%
}
5. How do I set a specific output size?
There are now options to change the paper size (refer to the documentation).
6. How do I use a bib file instead of a static bibliography as used in the examples?
Here is the suggestion of Trey Brooks:
          %For use with external .bib file
% First command removes "References" canned text.
\renewcommand{\refname}{\vspace{-0.8em}}
\bibliographystyle{plain}
\bibliography{mybibfile}.
7. How do I make more space in the header (for a multi-line header or more author names)?
First ask yourself if you really need this. The chances that anyone will read your poster are negatively correlated with the amount of text on the poster, and a long title already dispells the majority of people before they even start reading your poster.
Apart from that there is a headerheight= option to set the total height of the header.