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Big O and related notations in LaTeX

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

The big O, big theta, and other notations form the family of Bachmann-Landau or asymptotic notations. These notations describe the limiting behavior of a function in mathematics or classify algorithms in computer science according to their complexity / processing time. In this post, I’m not so much interested in the definition of these notations, but rather in ...

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Improve your BibTeX files with BetterBib

Posted on June 24, 2014 by LaTeX Community News Feed

You know the drill: When writing a scientific paper, correctly referring to related work is both tedious and important. Sometimes, you know the author and the title, but it takes time to find out exactly when and in what journal other papers are published, or you are just to lazy to fill in the page numbers and the DOI by hand. BetterBib is now here to help you out with these tasks.

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Bessere BibTeX-Daten mit BetterBib

Posted on June 24, 2014 by TeXwelt Feed

Jeder kennt es: Wenn ein wissenschaftliches Paper geschrieben wird, ist es wichtig, Referenzen zu bereits veröffentlichten Werken zu finden und diese korrekt zu zitieren. Das kann oft mühselig sein. Manchmal kennt man Autoren und Titel, aber es dauert einige Zeit … Weiterlesen →

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TeX Live 2014 erschienen – die Neuigkeiten

Posted on June 21, 2014 by TeXwelt Feed

TeX Live 2014 ist erschienen und als Download verfügbar. Hier ein Blick auf die Neuigkeiten und Veränderungen. TeX TeX und MetaFont wurden aktualisiert. Zuletzt geschah das 2008, und dieses Jahr präsentierte Donald Knuth ein weiteres Update. Nun haben wir TeX Version … Weiterlesen →

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TeX Live 2014 released – what's new

Posted on June 18, 2014 by LaTeX Community News Feed

TeX Live 2014 is has been released and is now available for download. There are changes regarding the fundamental TeX, pdfTeX and LuaTeX, which I will describe with some details, and more regarding further engines and tools, listed one by one.

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TeX Live 2014 released

Posted on June 17, 2014 by There and back again Feed

Get the champagne out of the fridge, call your typographic friends, make a party - TeX Live 2014 has been released. Announcement has been delayed to give CTAN a chance to catch up, so now all mirrors should be ready. Over the last two months we have worked hard to get rid of as many […] The post TeX Live 2014 released appeared first on There and back again.

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TeX Live 2014 released

Posted on June 17, 2014 by TeX Users Group Feed

TeX Live 2014 has been released, along with the entire TeX Collection 2014. The DVD is in production and will be mailed to TUG, and most other TeX user group, members when manufacturing is complete (most likely within a few weeks). The software can also be downloaded in various ways, and the DVD ordered from TUG store. Please consider joining or renewing your membership in TUG or another TeX user group, and thanks if you already have.

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Typographic ligatures or the history of ampersand ‘&’

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

I have been fascinated with typographic ligatures for quite some time. Ligatures are a class of glyphs composed of two individual letters. There are two classes, historical and stylistic ligatures. Historical ligatures were present since the beginning of scripts, possibly to increase writing speed. Stylistic ligatures occurred more “recently”, with the invention of (analog) printing. ...

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Committing to Subversion Repo directly from TeXworks

Posted on June 15, 2014 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

The following is a rather dirty trick to commit to Subversion directly from TeXworks. A clean implementation would make use of the scripting APIs in TeXworks, I am also working on that. Until then here’s the trick. Just create a new tool entry, which calls svn (assuming that the path to svn is included in […]

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Creating menus with Autohotkey

Posted on June 15, 2014 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Here’s a simple example how to create a menu with Autohotkey, in this case it allows the user to select one of the LaTeX standard environments itemize, enumerate or description when Alt-y is pressed. !y:: Gui, 1:Destroy Gui, Add, Text,, Please enter the environment: Gui, Add, DDL, vList, itemize||enumerate|description Gui, Add, Button, Default, Input Gui, […]

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A breqn for punishment

Posted on June 11, 2014 by LaTeX Alive Feed

As an aside before I start work on belatedly fixing some of unicode-math's more pressing shortcomings, I've also started work tidying up the breqn package: https://github.com/wspr/breqn The breqn package was the brainchild of Michael J. Downes (of amsmath fame), and later updated by Morten Høgholm as part of his honours thesis. The package is explained in Michael’s 1997 TUGboat article ‘Breaking Equations’, and Morten’s thesis is available online if you know where to look (I don’t know how long it will be available there). Since I have so much trouble keeping up with LaTeX work as it is, why would I take another package under my belt? In short, partly because breqn vastly alters the implementation of LaTeX mathematics, so I need to eventually know how to hook into it to properly support unicode-math. But also partly because of its heritage; such a promising piece of work shouldn’t be neglected—I used breqn in my own PhD thesis, and while I could have done without it, once you start with breqn it is hard to go back to amsmath. If you’re interested, I need help generating test files; once they’re sufficiently comprehensive I’ll begin the process of translating the code into LaTeX3. ...

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Creating a handout from beamer slides

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Rob J Hyndman: Research tips Feed

I’m about to head off on a speaking tour to Europe (more on that in another post) and one of my hosts has asked for my powerpoint slides so they can print them. They have made two false assumptions: (1) that I use powerpoint; (2) that my slides are static so they can be printed. Instead, I produced a cut-down version of my beamer slides, leaving out some of the animations and other features that will not print easily. Then I produced a pdf file with several slides per page. The beamer manual suggests using the handout option with the pgfpages package, like this: \documentclass[handout]{beamer} \usepackage{pgfpages} \pgfpagesuselayout{4 on 1}[a4paper,border shrink=5mm] Unfortunately that won’t work for me because I also use the textpos package to enable precisely positioned overlays, and pgfpages does not respect the positioning of the overlays. Instead, the following works. First, add the handout option: \documentclass[14pt,handout]{beamer} Note that I always use 14pt to make the text large enough to be easily read in a large lecture theatre. Then I wrap some of the slides in \mode<beamer>{ … }. These won’t appear in the handout, but they will appear when I remove the handout option from \documentclass. Typically the ...

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LaTeX Begleiter available as ebook

Posted on June 10, 2014 by LaTeX Project Feed

Seit einigen Tagen ist der LaTeX-Begleiter auch als eBook (genauer gesagt als PDF Dokument) erhältlich. Normalerweise verwendet Pearson Deutschland Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM), aber nach einigen Diskussionen haben wir uns mit dem Verlag auf eine Version ohne DRM geeinigt (nur mit Wasserzeichen), die auf jedem PDF-Reader lesbar ist, also z.B. auch auf eBook-Readern die kein DRM unterstützen. Wir denken, dass DRM den ehrlichen Leser nur unnötig einschränkt und den unehrlichen Leser nicht wirklich hindert, das DRM zu umgehen. Das DRM-freie eBook ist direkt von der Verlagswebseite erhältlich. Achtung: bei anderen Verkaufswegen ist as eBook möglicherweise durch DRM eingeschränkt! Wer auch an anderen ebook-Formaten interessiert ist und englische Dokumentation nicht scheut, der sollte sich alternativ die amerikanische Ausgabe (LaTeX Companion) anschauen. Diese umfasst alle drei üblichen ebook-Formate als Bundle (Mobi+ePub+PDF) und kann man in dieser Form bei InformIT erworben werden (auch hier ohne DRM). Translation (sort of :-) The German Division of Pearson asked us if they can offer the LaTeX-Begleiter as an eBook (more precisely as a PDF). Normally Pearson Germany uses DRM, but we believe that this only hurts honest readers and doesn't prevent dishonesty --- so we finally settled on a DRM-free version that is only watermarked. ...

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Retrieving citations in BibTeX format with doi2bib.org

Posted on June 6, 2014 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

What’s a good way to retrieve BibTeX entries? This question has been asked on tex.SX, Reddit and other forums. Google Scholar is doing a reasonable, but not always brilliant job in generating BibTeX entries (see my recent post on the topic and the discussion). The main drawbacks include the missing digital object identifier (DOI) or URL linking ...

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LaTex & Thesis: FOUR good reasons.

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Malaysian LaTeX User Group Feed

During my degree in 2002, most of my assignments and the final year project report is done in Microsoft Word 97, a WYSIWYG type word processor. For a person first time using a computer (for official reason, other than Daytona USA, minesweeper and the dial-up type internet surfing :)), this what-you-see-is-what-you-get word processor is actually impressive for me on the things it can do, BUT i notice something, some patterns,chances of my computer getting crashed is directly proportional to the importance of the document, for example -  the chances of my computer getting crashed when I'm writing my report for the final year project is HIGHER compared to when I'm a writing a letter to ask permission for motorcycle sticker.chances of my computer getting crashed is inversely proportional to the time left for my deadline, for example - the chances of my computer getting crashed when I'm writing my report for the final year project when the deadline is tomorrow is HIGHER than the deadline 1 week ago.Well this theory is not proven, this is my 'syok sendiri teori'. I noticed one thing in common in the patterns above is the size of the documents. My computer actually crashed (this is in ...

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