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Is anybody using TeX for business reporting?

Would TeX (LaTeX, ConTeXt, etc) be a good solution for PDF business reports that require dynamically generated graphs and tables? I need to create financial reports that must look top-notch in their ...
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Make PDF open in “Fill Window” mode with hyperref

When I usually open a PDF with Acrobat Reader it opens it in Fill Window mode (the page fills all the space of the window). When using the hyperref package it always opens the file in Full page mode ...
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How do I [simply] typeset a bibliography as a separate PDF?

I'm preparing a document that requires the body of the text and the references to be separate PDF files. Of course, the bibliography comes from \bibliograpy command and the text citations come from ...
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How do I make the command texdoc latex2e to open the PDF version by default?

I found a latex2e.pdf in my MiKTeX installation tree. How do I make texdoc latex2e open the PDF version by default? UPDATE: I tried renaming latex2e.html to something else, and now the PDF version is ...
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Preparing PDF files for ebook readers, etc.

People are nowadays increasingly often reading papers on screen, using ebook readers, tablet PCs, laptops, etc. A typical PDF file generated with Latex is far from ideal for such use; in particular, ...
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‘Bundle’ TeX output in a directory

(My personal interest in this question is mainly for OS X but solutions/approaches for other operating systems are also appreciated.) What I see as a main distraction with using TeX/LateX is that it ...
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How to setup synctex with vim, pdflatex and an open-source PDF-viewer under Linux?

Inspired by the comments to this answer I am curious how to actually setup and use forward/reverse (inverse) search with vim, pdflatex and an open-source PDF-viewer under Linux. Btw, to give more ...
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Placing a PDF bookmark to the index page?

Using \usepackage{hyperref}and the \pdfbookmark[0]{...}{...} command you can place a PDF bookmark just before the index page generated with \printindex (Sometimes it will point to the empty page ...
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What are good ways to convert EPS to PDF?

I'd like to try to use pdfLaTeX to generate PDFs but my images are all in EPS. I would also like for the images to remain scalable. I have tried using ImageMagik's convert: convert file.eps ...
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Is there any reason to compile to DVI rather than PDF these days?

I appreciate that in the past, latex was faster than pdflatex, but computer speeds being what they are nowadays, I can't see any difference in how quickly documents compile... So, given that the end ...
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Difference between dvipdf executables

What is the difference between the different dvipdf executables in \MiKTeX 2.8\miktex\bin dvipdfm.exe dvipdfmx.exe dvipdft.exe
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How to I convert a pdf to a ps format so that I can insert it into a document?

I would like to insert an article into my thesis, and compile the thesis into postscript with normal LaTeX. (not pdfLaTeX). I have an article that is in pdf format that I'd also like to insert in ...
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Image quality of pdf file generated from latex

I have been using my computer to generating pdf files from latex file by Winshell (or lyx), but the characters (or images) in the pdf files generated on my computer looks always much worse than the ...
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Animated scrolling marquee across an entire page.

I would like to have a scrolling marquee across the entire width of a page. I am intending this for a Beamer presentation, but the solution doesn't necessarily have anything to do with beamer. I ...
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How to create small PDF files for the Internet

I feel that PDF documents when intended to be uploaded to the Internet should be of a minimal final size in bytes. Many strategies exist to create a small document: Pay attention to the size of the ...
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getting the arXiv to produce a pdf with embedded fonts

I've produced a .tex file using the pstricks package for figures and the Times font (via the mathptmx package). When the arXiv compiles this to a .pdf file it doesn't seem to have the necessary fonts ...
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Which figure type to use: pdf or eps?

Both are vector graphics (typically) and both can be imported painlessly into a pdflatex document (so let's say we ignore dvi for this question). What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? ...
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Why does my conference/university require me to use dvi intermediary format?

What for? I thought pdfLaTeX was simpler and eliminated useless steps as well as possible font issues? In other words what is the difference between a pdf generated using the LaTeX command and dvi's ...
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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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PDF hyperlinks to a given page.

I would like a command that takes two arguments: a page number and a block of text. I would like the command to create a PDF hyperlink around the text that will jump to the given page. I see that ...
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Extract bibliographic references from pdf files to a bib file [closed]

Is there a software which can parse pdfs and extract bibliographic references? ACM DL is a web service which can give that info like here: ...
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How do I create a pdf file from old tex code?

How can I convert the old tex file below into a pdf? I would very much like to know as I have a few other files that I would like to convert. Thanks. PS: I selected the shortest example I had to ...
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Creating Kindle-friendly versions of existing LaTeX documents

So let's say I have a large amount of documents (from ArXiv.org, suppose) that I have the LaTeX source for, and for which I would like to compile particularly Kindle-friendly versions. In particular, ...
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How to create PDF and HTML output from the same source

I'm working on a document that has been published only as a PDF file until now. To utilize some of PDF's features, it uses the packages pdfpages and pdftex and commands like includepdf{}. But soon ...
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How to create tagged PDF?

How to create tagged PDF such that they will be: good enough for PDF/UA "reflowable" on smaller screens and ebook readers Any syntax & any engine will do. Preferably using LaTeX with ...
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How to generate PDF/A and PDF/X?

I have heard about PDF subsets PDF/A (for archival) and PDF/X (for printing). How to generate LaTeX documents like that? I'm also interested in answers with plain TeX and ConTeXt, and hopefully with ...
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How to set preferred PDF viewer for texdoc in TeXLive 2010 pretest.

I had evince, installed TexLive 2010 pretest (ubuntu lucid linx, fresh install). texdoc was using evince. Then I installed kubuntu ontop, and texdoc switched to okular. Now I've installed acroread and ...