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TLCockpit v0.8

Posted on January 20, 2018 by There and back again Feed

Today I released v0.8 of TLCockpit, the GUI front-end for the TeX Live Manager tlmgr. I spent the winter holidays in updating and polishing, but also in helping me debug problems that users have...

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Tip of the Week: How to download an Overleaf template

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this week’s tip we provide a short video showing how to download an Overleaf template for use in a local TeX/LaTeX installation.

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TeX at iX and heise

Posted on January 17, 2018 by TeX tips Feed

The iX recently published a LaTeX tutorial. Quick reviews are on TeXwelt.de (Deutsch/German) TeX-talk.net...

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LaTeX tutorial in the iX Magazine

Posted on January 17, 2018 by TeX talk Feed

The iX, magazine for professional IT in German language, started a tutorial about LaTeX. The current issue 1/2018 deals…

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Guest Post Feature: Could crowdfunding your research be right for you in 2018?

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Crowd.Science is a platform which aims to help academics raise the funding they need for their research. In this article, Natalie Jonk, co-founder and CEO of Crowd.Science, shares some valuable insights for anyone considering crowdfunding as a way to fund their next research project. The Crowd.Science platform home page.

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LaTeX-Tutorial im iX-Magazin

Posted on January 16, 2018 by TeXwelt Feed

Die iX, Magazin für professionelle IT, wird weiterhin dem Anspruch auf Inhalt für Profis gerecht: im aktuellen Heft 1/2018 startet sie ein Tutorial zu LaTeX. Und dies auf hohem Niveau: Marei Peischl stellt den seit Jahrzehnten etablierte Klassiker LaTeX hier … Weiterlesen →

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Color Table Series Part 2: Xcolor Package

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Overview Introduction to colors The colortbl package The xcolor package   3. The xcolor package While coloring tables, the xcolor package provides the same commands as colortbl. The reason is that loading the xcolor package with the table option loads the colortbl package in the background. On top to the functionality provided by colortbl (discussed ... [Read more...]

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Counting LaTeX commands in a bunch of files

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Content AND Presentation Feed

I hope that I want bore anyone to death with blog posts related to the journal I’m working for, but here’s another story about my experiences with that. I am currently writing a manual for authors wanting to prepare a paper for Wiadomości Matematyczne. We accept LaTeX files, of course, but we have our own LaTeX class (not yet public), and adapting what others wrote (usually using article) is sometimes a lot of work. Having the authors follow our guidelines could make that slightly less work, which is something I’d be quite happy with. (Of course, making a bunch of university mathematicians do something reasonable would be an achievement in itself.) When I presented (the current version of) the manual to my colleagues in the editorial board, we agreed that nobody will read it anyway. And then I had an idea of preparing a TL;DR version, just a few sentences, where I could mention the one thing I want to get across: dear authors, please do not do anything fancy, just stick with plain ol’ LaTeX. And one component of that message could be a list of LaTeX commands people should stick to. (If you have never worked for a ...

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Tip of the Week: New Year, New Font? Check out the fonts available on Overleaf

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Are you looking to refresh your document design and layout using some different fonts, or wondering just which fonts are supported on Overleaf? One way to unlock many new design possibilities is to use OpenType fonts via the the fontspec package—fonts galore!

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Debian/TeX Live 2017.20180110-1 – the big rework

Posted on January 12, 2018 by There and back again Feed

In short succession a new release of TeX Live for Debian – what could that bring? While there are not a lot of new and updated packages, there is a lot of restructuring of...

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Overleaf’s LaTeX tutorial—now available in five languages!

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know that Overleaf has a LaTeX tutorial—with hands-on guidance using examples that you can work through to build-up your LaTeX expertise?

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OpenType-based math typesetting: An introduction to the STIX2 OpenType fonts

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this article we take a brief look at the STIX2 fonts, the latest set of high quality OpenType text and math fonts produced by the Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIX) font project. We provide a range of resources including a ShareLaTeX template, a video and a downloadable glyph chart detailing over 5000 glyphs contained in the STIX2 OpenType math font STIX2Math.otf. An example page from the glyph chart for the STIX2 OpenType math font STIX2Math.otf.

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TeX Live VCS History and Statistics – Perforce, Subversion, Git

Posted on January 10, 2018 by There and back again Feed

TeX Live is a project of long history, starting somewhen back in the 90ies with CDs distributed within user groups till the most recent net-based distribution and updates. Discussion about using a VCS started...

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A small editing tool for work with AMSrefs

Posted on January 7, 2018 by Content AND Presentation Feed

As I mentioned many times, I often edit LaTeX files written by someone else for a journal. One thing which is notoriously difficult to get right when writing academic papers is bibliographies. At Wiadomości Matematyczne, we use AMSrefs, which is really nice (even if it has some rough edges here and there). (BTW, BibLaTeX was not as mature as it is today when we settled on our tool; also, AMSrefs might be a tad easier to customize, though I’m not sure about that anymore…) One of the commands AMSrefs offers is \citelist. Instead of writing things like papers \cite{1}, \cite{2} and~\cite{3}, you write papers \citelist{\cite{1}\cite{2}\cite{3}}, and AMSrefs sorts these entries and compresses runs into ranges (like in [1-3]). The only problem is that most authors have no idea that this exists, and we often have to convert “manual” lists of citations into \citelist‘s. Well, as usual, Emacs to the rescue.

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Punctuation marks

Posted on January 7, 2018 by TeX tips Feed

A declaration of love to the em dash: Regarding the Em Dash. And...

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