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Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends

If you were asked to show examples of beautifully typeset documents in TeX & friends, what would you suggest? Preferably documents available online (I'm aware I could go to a bookstore and find ...
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What packages do people load by default in LaTeX?

I'm getting the impression from reading the answers written by some of the real experts here that there are quite a few little packages that just tweak LaTeX2e's default behaviour a little to make it ...
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Packages that need to be included in a specific order

This isn't a real question, so I'm marking it community wiki. When I was new to LaTeX, I thought that the \usepackage command worked much like the #include command of the C language: just put ...
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List of books written in LaTeX with the source available

Is there a list of open source LaTeX books? I've only found these books but I want to know if there is a list with more diversity as this has only mathematical books. I want to find open source books ...
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LaTeX Editors/IDEs

What editors/IDEs are available for easing the process of writing TeX/LaTeX documents? Please state some useful features like code completion, spell checking, building final DVI or PDF files, etc. ...
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Most useful additions in KOMA-Script?

(Background: I'm a beginner who will mostly use LaTeX for university articles and reports, but no math. Also, as I reside in Canada, the German typography conventions, which I understand KOMA-Script ...
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Consistent typography

When working with large documents, or even across multiple (smaller) documents, I often find that I forget which typographical consistencies I should stick to. With TeX being inherently consistent in ...
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Biblatex with Biber: Configuring my editor to avoid undefined citations

Running the minimal example \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents} \begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib} @ARTICLE{example, author = {Other, Anthony Norman}, title = {Some things I ...
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Showcase of beautiful invitations in TeX

I'm interested in using TeX and friends to produce beautifully typeset invitations (for parties, weddings, and especially thesis defences). I understand that there is a package gcard for making ...
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Nice scientific pictures show off

Task Show off your best scientific illustration ! The main purpose of this question is to share beautiful scientific pictures, preferably with an educational aspect. Content Your post must ...
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List of TeX formats

LaTeX, ConTeXt and plain are the most well known TeX formats/macro packages. But there are others, such as Lollipop. What others are out there and are any in use these days anymore?
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Best practices references

What resources (online or otherwise) exist that give good advice on best practices for TeX, etc.? I'm looking particularly for things that assume you already know TeX or LaTeX, and aim to help you ...
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Beautiful presentations done with TeX and related systems

I recently had to persuade a fellow student that you can create beautiful presentations with LaTeX and beamer. Luckily, I already had some examples. But I'm sure that there are better presentations, ...
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What are the available “documentclass” types and their uses?

Some of the available classes of documents in LaTeX are well known and widely used, such as the article and beamer classes, while others are not so well known, such as the standalone class. I found ...
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What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?

Which book (free or otherwise) was the most useful to you when you started learning LaTeX? I am frequently asked this question by friends who want to learn LaTeX, and I recommend the book which got ...
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List of higher-level LaTeX commands corresponding to TeX commands

Since LaTeX is a format built on top of TeX, it surely has several high level abstractions that perform similarly to TeX commands, with some added error-handling functionality, for example. I always ...
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Are there any open research problems in the world of TeX?

For a year-long capstone project in computer science, I have to do some 'original research.' I'm still not entirely sure what this entails, but it just struck me that perhaps I can do research and ...
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Most significant reasons that led us to (La)TeX

Looking back, what really convinced you to begin writing with TeX or LaTeX? This question is "community wiki", so there's no reputation to lose or to gain. Please don't write advantages of TeX and ...
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What professions use TeX/LaTeX besides CS?

TeX and LaTeX are widely used in Computer Science. What other academic disciplines or professionals use it?
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TikZ: Easy drawing of cuboids

As a teacher, I regularly have to include cuboids in my documents, so I was looking for a way to make this as easy as possible while still keeping maximal flexibility.
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Which LaTeX classes are most widely used for scholarly articles? [closed]

Which LaTeX classes for articles are widely used for preprints (e.g., ArXiv) or journal submissions? To avoid a huge list of class files, only include publisher's properietary class if they are used ...
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Showcase of beautiful section styles combinations

Working with all kinds books, I often need inspiration for a set of sectioning styles that are coherent, logical and aesthetically appealing. Well-known examples include Edward Tufte and the style ...
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Best way to generate a nice function plots in LaTeX?

Which is the best way to put function plots into a LaTeX document?
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LaTeX templates for writing a thesis

Aside from CTAN, what are good resources/repositories for Latex templates? In particular, I'm looking for some pretty Thesis templates (I'm familiar with classicthesis)
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Showcase of beautiful title page done in TeX

The book is mostly meets by the Title Page. Default TeX \maketitle are simple and minimalistic. I'm looking for examples of Title Pages: complex - have different formatting; beautiful and awesome; ...
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What useful web services are out there?

Looking at this question, I wonder what good and useful web services are out there. For example the LaTeX symbol classifier looks interesting. You can draw a symbol with your mouse and get back the ...
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What font packages are installed in TeX live?

What font packages are installed in a full installation of TeX live? Which are obsolete? Example: \usepackage{mathpazo} brings Palatino as the roman font. The times package seems to be obsolete (as ...
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Are there any packages for knitting?

So I showed my girlfriend the braids package, and she asked if their are any packages for knitting patterns. I couldn't find any on ctan with a quick search, so I thought I'd ask here. Are their any ...
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How to customise the title page of a professional writing with logo?

Title page customising is a repeating activity: whether writing thesis, a company report or something else. I am trying to gather here material suggested in chat and that I found so they do not get ...
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Where can we find a list of all available bibtex entries (and the available fields for each of them)?

Would be very useful if we have a list of all avaiable bibtext entries with all possible fields for each of them. Something like this one: @book{alias, author = "Complete Author Name", title ...
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Which publishers use TeX and friends for a significant proportion of their published books?

Which publishers use TeX and derivatives (LaTeX, ConTeXt, and friends) for a significant proportion of their published books? Note that I am not asking about journals. I'll leave the interpretation ...
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Tools for automating document compilation

A lot of people write makefiles that say something like paper.pdf: paper.tex pdflatex paper bibtex paper pdflatex paper pdflatex paper To handle re-running TeX to ...
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Which tabular packages do which tasks and which packages conflict?

I've read a couple of questions recently about tabular environments, and it seems there's a whole bunch of packages that do stuff in this field. I'd really like a summary of what each package does, ...
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CV with Latex: is a beautiful design really possible? [closed]

I make my CV with Latex and a french sty file for years now, nothing fancy to be honest. Looking for some inspiration, I found some astonishing examples of CV online, and I've seen on the other ...
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Hand written fonts in LaTeX/XeTeX/LuaTeX

Recently my struggle to find out some handwritten fonts for some document led me to this question. What are the various packages that give nice looking handwritten and / or calligraphic fonts? I ...
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What are all the font styles I can use in math mode?

As can be seen in above picture, there are lots of fonts or font styles that can be used in math mode. What are all the fonts or font styles I can use in math mode, and which packages are required ...
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What are the most common mistakes that beginners of (La)TeX and Friends make?

I want to collect the most common mistakes, misconceptions, pitfalls, etc that (La)TeX and Friends users make. Please one answer for each mistake, misconception, pitfall, etc. I am only interested in ...
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Showcase of surprising possibilities with TeX [duplicate]

LaTeX is more or less built to typeset books, particularly (but not exclusively) scientific literature. It is less obvious that LaTeX is also extremely good at producing Songbooks Play scripts Chess ...
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Showcase of “programming your document” paradigm

A feature of latex is that you can "program your document". You can do this by using TeX/LaTeX directly (remember that it is Turing complete) or by other languages like lua or python (especially sage) ...
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Output viewers for use with LaTeX

What viewers do you use for reviewing the beautifully-styled output of your LaTeX source? List PDF, DVI and PostScript options. Possibly, one entry per answer, and list platform availability, ...
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I'm supposed to load some packages BEFORE the document class?

So I was reading Fixing LaTeX2e and it has several examples of the form \RequirePackage{fixltx2e} \documentclass... What? I thought documentclass always went right at the top. Are there other ...
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Using KOMA-Script packages with other classes

When speaking of KOMA-Script most people will refer to its classes scrbook, scrreprt, scrartcl and perhaps scrlttr2. But not everyone will know, that part of the bundle are also some packages, that ...
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List of TikZ Editor

After mentioning TikZ in academia, I tried to have a look here for recommended editors for TikZ. I found no list, and thus here's the question: What TikZ editors/front-ends do you know? What can you ...
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Showcase of beautiful wine bottle labels made with LaTeX/TikZ and friends

Did anybody design wine bottle labels for self made wine with Latex/TikZ/PSTricks? I'm interested in unusual designs (like the nice label for Barnstorming Bitter at http://www.tug.org/texshowcase/).
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How to create posters using LaTeX

I want to create posters for my poster presentation on a conference. What tools or LaTeX classes are available for preparing posters ?
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Showcase of optical illusions made with TeX/LaTeX/LuaTeX/ConTeXt

Optical illusions are fun, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a list of optical illusions designed using MetaPost, or PGF/TikZ, or PS-Tricks, or Asymptote. Each entry should display one ...
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Resources for PSTricks examples

What resources for PSTricks examples do you know? Please feel free to add nice work of your own here as well! Background: I am constantly looking for PSTricks examples to get ideas how to solve my ...
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What is the most bizarre thing you have seen done with TeX

I think the questions says it all! :) By TeX, I mean any derivative of TeX as long as the code is clearly a derivative of TeX, i.e. that it could belong on TeX.SX (and not pure Lua for example). ...
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Comprehensive list of tools that simplify the generation of LaTeX tables

Manually hacking tables in LaTeX is one of the less funny things when preparing a document. Naturally, there are quite a few tools that promise to simplify this. In fact, I have somewhat lost track of ...
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What does the draft mode change?

I wonder which changes are made by the draft option? That means what will be changed by calling it as global class option (\documentclass[draft]{<class>}) or locally for a single package if it ...