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Work on siunitx v3

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Some TeX Developments Feed

I recently posted a few ‘notes to myself’ about future directions in siunitx development. With them down in print, I’ve been giving them some serious thought and have made a proper start on work on version 3 of the package. I’m starting where I’m happiest: the unit parser and related code, and am working on […]

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pgfplots 1.10 released

Posted on March 7, 2014 by LaTeX Community News Feed

Version 1.10 of pgfplots has been released. It offers a new solution for fill the area between plots. Until now, people could use stacked plots to achieve such fillings or program it on their own. pgfplots now does it also with a focus on a minimum of required compiling time.

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Neuigkeiten in TikZ 3.0 anhand von Beispielen

Posted on March 1, 2014 by TeXwelt Feed

Illustrierende Beispiele für einen ersten Eindruck der neuen Features in TikZ 3.0.

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PGF 3.0 Released

Posted on March 1, 2014 by Got Emacs? Feed

After a long time, a new version of pgf is out as made out in the announcement from CTAN.  Looks like they've got some massive changes in it.  It's already in the MiKTeX distribution, so you just need to update it.Some of the things that I found interesting are - A Syntax for Graphs: There is now a new simple syntax for specifying   graphs, borrowed from the GraphViz program. It makes it easy   to specify graphs and especially trees in a convenient manner. - Graph Drawing Algorithms: TikZ now comes with a large and powerful   system for computing the positions of nodes of graphs automatically   (you need LuaTeX for this, though). - Data Visualization: There is now an alternative to pgfplots as part   of the standard TikZ installation for creating plots. While pgfplots   is still the more mature system, the new data visualization system   comes with some interesting new ideas. - Driver Support: Support for all mayor backend drivers has been   improved. A new, cool thing is the support for dvisvgm, which   allows you to create powerful SVG graphics directly from TeX,   including the text.

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Configuring Arara under TeXworks

Posted on March 1, 2014 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Here’s a short tutorial how to configure Arara under TeXworks: 1) Open the TeXworks settings (In the German version via “Bearbeiten” => “Einstellungen” => “Textsatz”) 2) Click the ‘+’ button 3) Specify a new name and command 4) Specify the options to be given to Arara when called from TeXworks 5) Final optional step: Move […]

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TikZ/pgf 3.0.0 offiziell erschienen

Posted on February 28, 2014 by TeXwelt Feed

Vor wenigen Tagen ist TikZ/pgf auf CTAN veröffentlicht worden. Das Release gibt es schon ein Weilchen, aufgrund der Komplexität des Bündels hat es aber ein bisschen gedauert, bis es auf CTAN angekommen ist. Nun ist es nur noch eine Frage … Weiterlesen →

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TikZ and PGF 3.0 released on CTAN

Posted on February 28, 2014 by LaTeX Community News Feed

PGF / TikZ 3.0 has been published on CTAN. It's been already available on SourceForge for some days, but since the upload on CTAN we can consider the release as official and installable on TeX Live and MiKTeX using the package managers. Among the new features: additional powerful syntax, better SVG support, clever graph drawing, new picture elements, better arrows and data visualization.

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siunitx development: Notes for my future self

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Some TeX Developments Feed

Working on siunitx over the years, I’ve learnt a lot about units and how people want to typeset them. I’ve also realised that I’ve made a few questionable choices in how I’ve tackled various problems. With one eye to future LaTeX3 work, and another to what I might still improve in siunitx, I thought it […]

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Figure with border in LaTeX

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Often, figures have a white background which makes the figure border invisible on white paper. If a figure has several disconnected elements, it looks better to delimit them with a frame around figure. The adjustbox package scales, resizes, trims, rotates, and also frames LaTeX content. Conveniently, these functions can be exported to the \includegraphics command, […]

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Wochentag ausgeben mit scrdate

Posted on February 16, 2014 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Hier noch ein Beispiel, wie man mit scrdate.sty den Namen des aktuellen Tages ausgeben kann: \documentclass[12pt,ngerman]{scrartcl}   \usepackage{babel} \usepackage{scrdate}   \begin{document}   Available in Standard-\LaTeX:   \the\year   \the\month   \the\day   Via scrdate:   Heute ist \todaysname, der \today.   \ISOToday \end{document}

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Short eso-pic example

Posted on February 16, 2014 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Whenever I have to put something on an arbitrary position on a page, I like to use the eso-pic package. Here’s a short example how it works: \documentclass[12pt,ngerman]{scrreprt}   \usepackage{eso-pic,rotating,graphicx} \usepackage{blindtext}   \author{John Doe} \title{Some Thesis}   \begin{document}   \AddToShipoutPicture*{\put(200,200){\rotatebox{45}{\scalebox{3}{Examiners copy}}}} \maketitle   \blindtext   \end{document}   <a href="http://uweziegenhagen.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/eso.png"><img src="http://uweziegenhagen.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/eso.png" alt="eso" width="491" height="711" class="aligncenter size-full […]

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Generating math exercises for kids with LuaLaTeX

Posted on February 8, 2014 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Arno T. has sent me a nice piece of LuaLaTeX code that does more or less the same thing as my Python code. I guess, I should have a closer look at LuaLaTeX. \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{booktabs} \usepackage{luacode} \usepackage{longtable}   \begin{document} \begin{longtable}{rcrcl} \toprule \luaexec{ function round(num, idp) local mult = 10^(idp or 0) return math.floor(num * mult […]

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Talk from Symposium on Multilingual Information Processing, Tsukuba

Posted on February 5, 2014 by LaTeX Project Feed

Came across this on an old VHS tape that I couldn't process back then due to a lack of an NTSC capable TV. It is capturing the talk on "Language Information in Structured Documents: A Model for Mark-up and Rendering" given in 1997 in Tsukuba, Japan (so largely of historical interest). However, the content of the paper is still relevant to a large degree, as the outlined issues still exit today and for one or other reason the proposed solution has never been implemented up to now (except for a prototype in an early version of expl3). Given that expl3 is now stable it might be about time to revisit this.

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Presenting visual material

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Some TeX Developments Feed

I’ve recently been thinking about how best to present ‘visual’ material: presentations, lectures and academic posters. As a ‘LaTeX regular’ I tend to do that in LaTeX (using beamer), but in many ways what I’ve been thinking about is entirely independent of the tool I use. Looking around the TeX world, I found a couple […]

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Visualizing Graphs mit Graphviz (and LaTeX) – Part II

Posted on February 2, 2014 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series GraphVizIn this article I’d like to show a little bit about how to manipulate the style of the nodes and edges. The graph uses orthogonal edges, red edges and green boxes with blue filling and white font color. digraph G{ graph [label="Orthogonal edges", splines=ortho, nodesep=0.2] […]

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