Many of my captions are quite long and appear as 5 or more lines in the list of figures. To save me the effort of using the optional argument in the caption are there any packages that can produce the list of figures with just the first line and some sort of symbol to indicate that that is not the full caption?
An alternative implementation, shortening the caption in the lof while typesetting it...
You can try and truncate the caption argument, but be warned that typographically this will look very poor.
You will need to add two packages, one is the
Variations are also possible and I leave that for you to experiment with.
You can disable the effects later by redeclaring the
I can think of many other ways to provide the input and this will ultimately depend, if one needs to leave the shortened version permanently or not.