I recently gave a talk presenting my research progress at the University. Everyone in my lab uses beamer and LaTeX, I am however of the opinion LaTeX is very restrictive with its formatting when it comes to presentations. For documents the structured approach of LaTeX is awesome. But for presentations I would rather have the flexibility of a point-and-click interface. Gives you a lot of room to present things the way you like.
So now to the object of this post, I chose OpenOffice.org with the ooolatex plugin as my office suite of choice. I ended up creating a template to suit my needs, and this post is just to document my thoughts/reasons behind the design.