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TeX Live 2014 pretest started

Posted on April 19, 2014 by LaTeX Community News Feed

TeX Live 2013 is now frozen, and before the release of version 2014 there is a pretest time. So while stable installations can remain untouched, interested users can already install the new TeX Live 2014 for testing it. I heard that there will be a LaTeX2e update, after nearly three years. The current version of LaTeX2e is dated 2011/06/2. However, I expect only maintainance and bug fixes. New things will happen rather with LaTeX3, and on that way we will see an update of the expl3 package.

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Testphase von TeX Live 2014 hat begonnen

Posted on April 19, 2014 by TeXwelt Feed

Der Stand von TeX Live 2013 ist nun eingefroren, und vor dem Erscheinen der Version 2014 treten wir in die Testphase. Während in dieser Zeit die normalen Installationen unverändert bleiben, können sich interessierte Anwender die neueste Version von 2014 installieren … Weiterlesen →

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TeX Live news: 2013 frozen, 2014 pretest, 2014 Debian

Posted on April 19, 2014 by There and back again Feed

A few days ago was the last time we updated tlnet for TeX Live 2013 on CTAN. That means, from now on in the following two to three months there will be no update of tlnet. Development of course continues - if not at a more frantic level than normal. In this post I want […] The post TeX Live news: 2013 frozen, 2014 pretest, 2014 Debian appeared first on There and back again.

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Generating tables in LaTeX

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Rob J Hyndman: Research tips Feed

Typing tables in LaTeX can get messy, but there are some good tools to simplify the process. One I discovered this week is tablesgenerator.com, a web-based tool for generating LaTeX tables. It also allows the table to saved in other formats including HTML and Markdown. The interface is simple, but it does most things. For complicated tables, some additional formatting may be necessary. Similar functionality is available via plugins in Excel, OpenOffice and Libreoffice — useful if the data for the table is already stored in a spreadsheet. Good LaTeX editors also have built-in table generators. For example, TeXstudio has the “Quick tabular wizard” and TeXmaker has the “Tabular wizard”. The one in TeXstudio is too simple to be very useful, but the TeXmaker wizard has a few more features. Another useful tool to avoid the mess is the “Align columns” function within TeXstudio (normally shown as a blue button at the top of the screen). Place the cursor within a table and click the button, and spaces are magically added until the columns are aligned. It also works for align, array and matrix environments. Here is a small example from a recent paper of mine showing what (More)…

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End of TeX Live in Debian?

Posted on April 13, 2014 by There and back again Feed

It sounds crazy, but I am seriously considering to ask for the removal of the TeX Live packages from Debian. Although this sounds crazy, especially considering the consequences: several packages will FTBFS no TeX system available anymore Debian looses one of the oldest open source program at all the current development is probably forcing me […] The post End of TeX Live in Debian? appeared first on There and back again.

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Whitespace in math mode

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

There are a number of predefined commands to add whitespace in LaTeX math mode. These are summarized in the list below.   Example usage of medium space \: Here, we use whitespace to separate symbols from regular text. Whitespace commands are available by default. Additional packages are necessary to produce natural number symbol and \text ... [Read more...]

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Debian/TeX Live 2013.20140408-1

Posted on April 8, 2014 by There and back again Feed

Another month, another upload of Debian/TeX Live packages has hit the Debian servers this moment, and will hit the local mirrors in due time. The new version is based on tlnet from 2014-04-08. As already mentioned in the , we are happy that Makoto OHURA agreed in reincluding xcolor and beamer back into the TeX […] The post Debian/TeX Live 2013.20140408-1 appeared first on There and back again.

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Preparation for TeX Live 2014 (and Debian)

Posted on April 7, 2014 by There and back again Feed

Prepartions for this year's release of TeX Live 2014 are under way. The first build rounds to ensure that there are no severe problems with building on all supported architectures have already successfully finished. The current plan is to freeze TeX Live 2013 / tlnet in the next week. That means that after this, for […] The post Preparation for TeX Live 2014 (and Debian) appeared first on There and back again.

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Getting a LaTeX system set up

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Rob J Hyndman: Research tips Feed

Updated: 4 April 2014 Today I was teaching the honours students in econometrics and economics about LaTeX. Here are some brief instructions on how to set up a LaTeX system on different operating systems. MS-Windows Download and run the setup program for MikTeX. Choose the “basic” system. Download and run the installer program for TeXstudio. Then run TeXstudio and start typing. Mac OS Download and install MacTeX. Then run TeXshop and start typing. Ubuntu For Ubuntu 12.10 or later, install TexLive and TeXstudio through the software centre. Then run Texstudio and start typing. Comments All the above TeX distributions contain TeXworks which can be used instead of TeXstudio. It is more basic, but works ok. I prefer TeXstudio for its additional features. To make sure everything is working ok, open sample.tex in TeXstudio to see an example of a LaTeX file. Click on “Quick build” (or hit F1) and the file should be processed and appear in a separate window. Study the difference between the original file and the final product to learn some basic LaTeX commands. For help with learning LaTeX, see “Useful LaTeX links” or some of my other LaTeX posts. Just because I post this information here ...

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Testing TeX Live’s Aurial font

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

A few days ago I checked the LaTeX Font Catalogue and found a nice font, Aurial. \documentclass[12pt,ngerman]{scrartcl} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{aurical}   \begin{document}   \section{Fontlukas}\Fontlukas     \noindent Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nullam dictum felis a nibh, eu condimentum lectus auctor. Cras quis euismod lorem. Aliquam in nisi felis. Etiam sit amet […]

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Auto-resize images that overfill a page

Posted on April 2, 2014 by LaTeX Alive Feed

LaTeX’s support for graphics through the graphicx package is reliable and works well, but occasionally I find its options somewhat limiting. One thing that often causes me to stop and immediately recompile a document I’m working on happens when an image I’ve inserted is poorly sized and takes up far more space than it should: In these sorts of situations I’ll immediately chuck in a quick [width=\textwidth] and merrily continue writing my document (or sometimes [height=0.7\textheight] in a beamer document, where vertical space is often compromised instead). I’ve often thought of writing some code that wraps around \includegraphics that would check whether the width or height of an included graphic was too large and shrink down the image if and only if necessary. Note that while it is possible to specify \usepackage{graphicx} \setkeys{Gin}{width=\textwidth} this has the side-effect of making ALL the graphics the width of the text — often just as disastrous when inserting smaller images. Furthermore, after setting this option globally, trying to write height=<whatever> will have unexpected consequences! Luckily for me, the TeX community is wide and wonderful, and Martin Scharrer has already implemented what I’m after (and more) in the adjustbox package. I’ll leave you to digest ...

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Ampang beamer theme mentioned in an article.

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Malaysian LaTeX User Group Feed

Turns out my hacked beamer theme was mentioned in an article here.Since I do not understand Chinese, I just understand what it said via Google translator.

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Some interesting Emacs threads and LaTeX news

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Got Emacs? Feed

C K Kashyap posited some new requirements on code folding and there were a number of interesting responses culminating with a link to HideRegion.  You probably should stick to hide-show or OutlineMode and venture into these solutions only if there is a use case that is not met by hide-show. :)Did you forget to enable auto-fill while writing text?  No worries, you can fix the written text with a simple C-x h M-q .Have some file and project management stuff that you want Emacs to handle?  Here's a thread on what one user would like to see as project management that he wants emacs to do some heavy lifting. Might be worth your time to check it out.BTW, there's a new site pgfplots.net for fantastic LaTeX plotting by the LaTeX guru Stefan Kottwitz.  You should check it out and contribute your pgfplots to it.

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Multiple glossaries in LaTeX

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Recently I was asked how to produce multiple glossaries in the same document. The glossaries package, which supersedes glossary, provides such functionality. In this post, I primarily focus on adding topic-specific glossaries besides the main glossary and list of acronyms. Links to further readings are given for glossaries package basics as well as for chapter-/section-/equation-wise ... [Read more...]

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PGFPlots.net

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Malaysian LaTeX User Group Feed

TeXample.net has been a great gallery and resource of TikZ examples, curated by Stefan Kottwitz. Graph plots were included on TeXample.net, but as the pgfplots packages became more flexible and feature-rich, Stefan has decided to dedicate a separate gallery to it — and thus was PGFPlots.net born!The graph plot examples are already looking delicious, so head on over and take a look. Do share your own examples as well!

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