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Are there some tools to automate the final submission to IEEE?

I got a mail from the editor of the IEEE TEC journal where he explains the procedures which are needed to finalize the submission to the journal: The IEEE requires that you submit the following ...
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Very smart parentheses?

This is a follow up question of Smart parentheses? In the above mention question, the parentheses are smart so that they change they form depending on the nesting level. I wonder if it would be ...
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Creating procedurally generated nodes in TikZ

I am relatively new to TikZ, and have been hacking together figures as I need them for uni assignments from various examples on the internet. Now I am moving into research, I am having to write a lot ...
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Automatically generate graphics which shows light diffusion on a rough surface

I just want to make an image like this (using tikz or pstricks) of light reflexion and diffusion: What I am interested in is, how this can be done (semi)-automatically via tikz or pstricks: ...
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Automatically copy items from the last list

In crypto, proof involves a sequence of games. Each game contains a list of lines. Adjacent games are almost the same except for a small number of lines (usually 1). I used to copy the old game to the ...
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Automatically determine numbers of pages with figures

I'd like to get a list of all the pages in my document that have figures on them. Specifically, the page numbers in the PDF file that is created from my LaTeX document. This would allow me to print ...
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Automatically include a sequence of images

I want to include a sequence of images in Beamer (although it can be in another type of document). Something similar to the option Photo Album in LibreOffice and MS PowerPoint. What I did is to make ...
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Is there a TeX-native way to generate a readable graph from an adjacency matrix?

related questions This question goes the opposite way from the conversion I would like: Matrix from graph description This question is almost what I want, but the vertex coordinates are manually ...
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How to set up automatic build in Emacs

I've done this with Texclipse in Eclipse using a script that is called after every edit or refresh. I wonder if this is possible in Emacs? For Emacs, I manually compile by calling M-x tex-compile ...
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List of figures that have a certain “property” I set

Note: This question differs from other similar custom-list questions because each of my environments-of-interest can have multiple keywords, and I only want to generate a list pertaining to one ...
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How to automatically include several text documents into a LaTeX document?

I have several .txt or .dat files, whose names are of the form: dn-ddmmyyyy.txt. For instance: d0-01021989.txt d1-21021989.txt d2-15021994.txt d3-12121996.txt d4-14032014.txt d5-22022035.txt ...many ...
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Replace lambdas by bold lambdas in a macro

I am looking for a way to replace \lambda by \bm\lambda in some of my expressions. This is what I tried, without success: % arara: pdflatex \documentclass{article} \usepackage{bm} ...
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Reading and (custom) formatting a CSV (not \csvautotabular)

Suppose I have a really long, really boring list of data in - let's say CSV, but converting to other formats is an option, when this can be done automatically - and I want to prepare a section in my ...
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Auto-Compile after any modification in WinEdt

Is there any way to make WinEdt to automatically re-compile after any modification in TeX file? I know that it is possible to do it using third-party codes like it is explained here: Why can Bakoma ...
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References from auto generated images are wrong

In the following I generate labels for some figures that are auto-generated \usepackage{varioref} \newcounter{figurecounter}\setcounter{figurecounter}{1} \let\endF\endfigure \renewcommand\endfigure{% ...
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Iterate through folder foreach picture, possible?

Is it possible to iterate through a folder containing pictures while first filtering file extension tikz,png,pdf or eps, and then getting a list of filenames of the directory for use in a for loop, ...
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Multiple pdf outputs with template

I have some 84 files S1-5.tex, S1-6.tex, S1-7.tex, S1-8.tex, S2-1.tex, S2-2.tex like these which only contain content. The templ.tex file contains the preamble. I need to generate 84 pdf files ...
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How to automate introduction of section titles in book

I'm using Spundun's method for automating inputing the entries in a diary, in turn inspired by Peter Grill (Using LaTeX to keep a diary), and I would like to add section dividers by year. This should ...
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Using Lua in listed elements (List of Figures, List of Tables, List of Content)

I am not sure if I use the wrong approach or if this is an issue in LuaLaTex in general. I tried to integrate some internationalization (I18n) to our documentation framework using Lua. Long story, ...
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Is there a way to know how often latex has already run? [duplicate]

A few days ago, I have seen an example of a latex file, that did conditional \defs on subsequent runs but I can't find that one again. I still remember that it was by looking into the \jobname.aux do ...
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Automatic tabular cell switching

Now I want to automatically switch cols and rows by counting. I have already pinned the issue down to the alignment character &: \newcounter{myRow} \newcounter{myCol}[myRow] \setcounter{myRow}{1} ...
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Automating hline in longtable spanning many pages

Typesetting a document with lots of multipage longtables, How is it possible to automate a \hline at end of page. \documentclass[12pt]{article} ...
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Repeat and enumerate a part of document

I have 4 sets/groups of exam questions. I want to enumerate them from 1 to a number of persons. Because a number of students exceed 4 I must repeat the sets. If I had 40 students therefore I would ...
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typesetting long lists of numbers - is automatic tabling possible?

I have quite a lot of lists of numbers I need to put into my document. I am not sure how best to typeset them. Inspired by reading Add \midrule Every 5 Lines Automatically the other day, I sort of ...
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draw colored world/US map in LaTeX

I'm trying to draw maps similar to these in a LaTeX pdf document: I want to auto-generate them from a list of pairs (country,color) to determine the colors. I have found the package pst-map2dII ...
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Automate the description of the paper

Most or all papers have a final paragraph in the introduction that describes the sections that are present. I'd like to generate it automatically, I guess this should be possible because it is mostly ...
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Creating a LaTeX Template which is filled by a script

I have create some sort of Template I'm using for my reports. The Data shown in those document is collected by a script running on a webserver. I was wondering if there is an appropriate method for ...
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Create a service using Automator to compile .tex file in Mac

I'm using Mac OS 10.9.3, TeXLive-2013 and Scrivener to write my papers. I'd like to use Apple's Automator in order to create a service (available from the Finder's right-click menu over a file) called ...
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Make a polygon with automatically labelled nodes according to their coordinates

The goal: Make a polygon (and a circle containing that polygon at the nodes of the polygon, without the polygon's lines) with automatically numbered nodes according to their coordinates (x,y) [which ...
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Randomise rune selection with allrunes

The allrunes package provides a lot of runes. Some families, such as the Medieval runes, have a variety of variant forms; the runes for 'd', for example, include: I want to decorate a page border ...
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Does a (Lua) approach exist, to read XML data into a .tex file?

I am having a lot of data in .xml files which look like this: <DATA> <NAME="name" /> <VERSION="1" /> <VARIABLES> <TEST> <ELEMENT atr="0" ...
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How can I programmatically populate a PDF's pdfcreator field?

As I understand it, embedding (as metadata) the typesetting engine that was used to produce a PDF document is good practice. Here is an example of how this can be done using the hyperref package: ...
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How to use arara with TeXShop

I try to use arara with TeXShop on my Mac, but I don't understand some steps either javascript, probably because of my english & my programer level. I create first the arara.engine in the ...
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Suppress 2-letter ligature when 3-letter ligature would apply

Automatic handling of ligatures in TeX seems notoriously difficult but I was wondering whether in a font that has an ff and an fl ligature but no ffl one, it was possible to suppress the usage of any ...
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Print a short title in the header

I'm creating a style file to use as a template for submissions to a specific journal. That journal requires a short title in the header. I could easily hard-code such a short title in the style file ...
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Cancel the use of \baselineskip when at the top of page

I've defined a macro \myaddress which prints my address at the end of a document, cf. Simplify how I write my address in documents. That macro includes the use of \vspace{\baselineskip} to separate it ...
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How can I read in files paragraph by paragraph?

I have an interesting project here and, while I could do it manually, it seems to me to be an interesting puzzle to automate it. I have the following structure: ./ +- main.tex | +- originals/ | | | ...
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Querying a SharePoint list and typesetting the response with LuaLaTeX

I would like to generate some reports from data stored in SharePoint lists. It is possible to query the lists using web services and retrieve the data in a xml data format. For example, sending a ...
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Adding blank pages when generating multiple copies of a document [duplicate]

I'm generating multiple copies (right now, 2, but a general solution would be nice) of a letter with minor variations using datatool. I just realised that if I'm printing it double-sided. and if the ...
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How to use sed to comment some lines in tex files (has “%” a particular meaning for sed ?)

I've been reading something in Most useful sed one-liners for TeX users which is related to my problem, but albeit interesting, it is not what I need. I have many tex (beamer class) files in ...
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How to batch convert PS to PDF without leaving windows open?

I am new to TexShop and new to this forum so please forgive me if the question is dumb. I need to convert about 13,800 postscript files to PDF. TexShop can do it but the only ways I know how means ...
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Optimal arrangement of pictures/boxes in a page

Does anybody come up with a way to automatically arrange a few figures or boxes in a larger rectangle or page? Here it is a real world example: One is producing a beamer presentation. One has 4 or 5 ...
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Avoid repeating [hbt] and \centering for every table

In a document I'm writing, I'm using the familiar [hbt] option for my floating tables, and I center them. I'd like to avoid repeating that every time I'm creating a table. I assume it's easy to add ...
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Parametrized inclusion of sub-files

I'm preparing a Resume using LaTeX, mainly for the purpose of easy customization. In particular, I wish to be able to generate different outputs from the same input file by changing a few parameters. ...
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Possibility of extending LaTeX capabilities given technology advancements?

As countless questions/answers have noted in the past, LaTeX requires you to compile at least twice when there are references, TOC/LOF, etc. Many of these situations have been documented in the ...
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Updating words throughout document

In my job we deliver several of hundred physical assemblies per project - typically to offshore platforms in Nordsj√łen - each one has a corresponding tag (and also other metadata such as item ...
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Automatically remove ruler when no header is present

This is a question triggered by Automatically remove page number in one-page documents. When activating the fancyhdr package, it is necessary to clear the headers, which I do below with \fancyhf{}, ...
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Automatically remove page number in one-page documents

I find LaTeX's choice of putting a page number in one-page documents stylistically odd, so I would like to suppress that behavior. I've previously done this manually, but it would be better to not ...
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Inputting files alphabetically

I am creating an anthology of poems and songs, and have a main file where I am using \input to insert separates TeX files which contain the poems. I was wondering if there was a simpler way of ...
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Create an accessory that executes latex->dvi2ps->ps2pdf in WinEdt

I use WinEdt Build 20131031 (v. 8.1) 64-bit with Windows 7 and MikTeX 2.9. I would like to create an accessory ("latexdvi2ps2pdf") in execution modes for compiling tex documents in the following ...