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Creating Dymo Labels with LaTeX

Posted on March 22, 2015 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Today I purchased a Dymo 450 label printer. Of course I want to be able to print my labels from LaTeX, so I quickly created a test document. Important: the correct label size must be set in the printer dialogue. % For the 11354 label \documentclass[14pt,ngerman]{scrartcl} \usepackage[left=7.5mm,right=2mm,top=5mm,bottom=5mm,% paperwidth=57mm, paperheight=32mm]{geometry} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{babel} \usepackage{palatino}   \setlength{\parindent}{0pt} […]

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Rewriting fmtutil in Perl

Posted on March 20, 2015 by There and back again Feed

TeX Live 2015 is still a few months of, but one of the things I am planning for it is to rewrite fmtutil in Perl, and change its functionality slightly. This follows the rewrite of updmap in the last years. The main user-visible change will be that fmtutil, like updmap will go "multi", that means [...]

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Dark themes for writing

Posted on March 18, 2015 by Rob J Hyndman: Research tips Feed

I spend much of my day sitting in front of a screen, coding or writing. To limit the strain on my eyes, I use a dark theme as much as possible. That is, I write with light colored text on a dark background. I don’t know why this is not the default in more software […]

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TeXdoc.net now has autocompletion

Posted on March 17, 2015 by LaTeX Community News Feed

Already in February, TeXdoc.net got a face lift. Today, it shines even brighter: when you start searching for a topic or a package, you get suggestions matching the characters as you type them. So, typing one, two or three letters could already show the documentation you are looking for. One click, and it shows the list of related documents. Try it!

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Why I like TikZ's Math library

Posted on March 13, 2015 by LaTeX Community News Feed

I'm not a texpert. I'm a mathematician, that started programming on BASIC, then moved to C, C++, Java, PHP, Python and finally to JavaScript. Moving from one of this languages to another is easy, up to some syntactic sugar, it is time consuming but not so hard. I have never been able, nor attracted, to be honest, to program on TeX. And for this reason when I discovered the math library, introduced with TikZ 3.0 almost a year ago, that allows us to use a syntax close to ordinary programming languages, I was so excited. Let's start by one example to see how it works.

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A new maintainer for etoolbox (and csquotes)

Posted on March 12, 2015 by Some TeX Developments Feed

One of the most significant new LaTeX packages of recent years has been biblatex, originally developed by Philipp Lehman and offering an extremely powerful approach to bibliographies. As I’ve covered before, Philipp Lehman vanished from the TeX world a few years ago. To keep biblatex development going, a team was assembled led by Philip Kime. […]

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End of gitorious, move to github

Posted on March 11, 2015 by There and back again Feed

I just realized that gitorious.org will shut down end of May due to being acquired by GitLab. That means I had to move the repositories I had there over to different places. Gitorious offered seamless import into GitLab, but since I have already several other repos running on GitHub, I decided to move all my [...]

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Installer et utiliser BibLaTeX et Biber sous Windows avec MiKTeX

Posted on March 10, 2015 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Dans mon livre, je propose d'utiliser Biber plutôt que BibTeX, en combinaison avec BibLaTeX. Malheureusement, Biber n'est pas installé par défaut avec les versions simplifiées de MiKTeX, la distribution la plus répandue de LaTeX sous Windows, et surtout n'est pas accessible par défaut dans TeXworks. Voici donc un petit tutoriel sur la manière d'utiliser Biber sous Windows avec MiKTeX. Préalable MikTeX est disponible en deux versions : une version « basic » et une version « complète ». Dans mon livre, (...) - Biber

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Unsolved LaTeX challenges

Posted on March 10, 2015 by LaTeX Community News Feed

Besides following all active topics in the forum, I look through open topics and unanswered questions from time to time. Behind most questions, there's a LaTeX user who really needs help, so I'm glad to answer what I can, or at least to guide the way. Now I share a list of interesting open questions with you. Perhaps you know an answer? Or you can show something which helps the fellow LaTeX users? Help is very welcome, to support LaTeX users. We got great regular helpers here, who don't care about reputation and badges like on SE sites, but care for users and like challenges and like to talk about LaTeX. Are you one of them? Would you join us? We would be happy!

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TUG 2015 election

Posted on March 9, 2015 by TeX Users Group Feed

For TUG President, two individuals have been nominated: Kaveh Bazargan and Jim Hefferon. Hence, an election ballot is required. All current TUG members are eligible to vote. Paper ballots have been mailed; also, this year, it is possible to vote electronically in the TUG members area. Full election information is on the TUG election page.

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ptex2pdf 0.6

Posted on March 8, 2015 by There and back again Feed

ptex2pdfを更新した。すごく簡単な変更なんだけど、Cygwinの上に必要だ。shebangの「texlua」の後、余分な空白があった。すごく古いバグだ:2013年にツイッターで最初に述べたようだ。 明日からTeX Liveのバーションがアップされるつもりだ。CTANにもアップした。ダウンロードは「ptex2pdf-0.6.zip」、lua scriptだけ欲しかったら、こっち:「ptex2pdf.lua」 使い方等のため、特別のページを見て下さい:/software-projects/ptex2pdf.

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TeX Live pre-2015 for Debian

Posted on March 7, 2015 by There and back again Feed

Now that jessie is close to release, and TeX Live 2015 release is planned for around June, I thought I start working on integrating the current status of TeX Live svn and tlnet into Debian, just to be sure that when TL2015 is released we are ready at the Debian side. There are still lots [...]

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Eledpar et les (longues) notes de bas de page

Posted on March 6, 2015 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Je publie rarement en français la documentation des nouvelles fonctionnalités de eledmac/eledpar. Cependant la nouvelle version 1.19.0-1.13.0, que je viens d'envoyer au CTAN, apporte la résolution du problème des longues notes lorsqu'on utilise eledpar, sur lequel je butais depuis près de trois ans, qui m'a amené vers un certain nombres de fausses pistes alors que la solution tenait en deux petites modifications. Et comme il se trouve que c'était un bug vraiment gênant, je suis particulièrement (...) - (e)led(mac/par)

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Eledpar et les (longues) notes de bas de page

Posted on March 6, 2015 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Je publie rarement en français la documentation des nouvelles fonctionnalités de eledmac/eledpar. Cependant la nouvelle version 1.19.0-1.13.0, que je viens d'envoyer au CTAN, apporte la résolution du problème des longues notes lorsqu'on utilise eledpar, sur lequel je butais depuis près de trois ans, qui m'a amené vers un certain nombres de fausses pistes alors que la solution tenait en deux petites modifications. Et comme il se trouve que c'était un bug vraiment gênant, je suis particulièrement (...) - (e)led(mac/par)

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“LaTeX Beginner’s Guide” for free

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Stefann Kottwitz, the autor, told me today that his “LaTeX Beginner’s Guide” would be available for free today. More information is available from LaTeX-Community.org or Packt

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