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Tikz patterns and cmyk color model

Consider the following example. \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage[cmyk]{xcolor} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{patterns} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \tracingall \draw [pattern = ...
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How to create a 'summary of changes' with latexdiff

Following my previous question, I have successfully created a dif.tex file of a large, complex project, the results of which can be seen here. (This was done, in the end by updating latexdiff to the ...
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How to make ebook-friendly formula heavy documents?

Tablets and ebook readers can be very useful if you have to read a lot of scientific texts and papers, and don't want to print them all out. However, it can sometimes be really annoying, especially if ...
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Having a LaTeX PDF display the date the document was printed, not compiled…

I have been looking around for quite some time trying to find a way for a PDF (created using XeTeX) to adjust the date accordingly by the date it was printed - not compiled. I am familiar with \date, ...
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Minimize automatically the page size of the PDF outputs

I would like to produce the PDF version of the following TEX code without margins. How can I achieve this automaticcaly, even if it needs tricky code (I'm a regular user of Python) ? I would like to ...
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Is possible to add an unnoticeable “signature” to a PDF in order to track its copies? [duplicate]

Suppose I want to generate 100 apparently identical PDF files, where I hide some kind of key, in order to distribute them among 100 different people. Now I detect an online shared copy of the document ...
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Include Adobe Illustrator files (ai) with XeTeX

Adobe Illustrator files are PDF compatible. That is a regular PDF reader, ex. Sumatra-pdf, can open and view them. I was hoping it would be possible to have xetex (with xelatex) and graphicx to ...
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Adding custom metadata values to a PDF file

Is it possible to create custom metadata key/values for a PDF file? I can see (from other questions here) how to add title, author, keywords etc. However, I'm creating transcriptions of historical ...
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Eliminate/Edit PDF properties added by pdfLaTeX

Is there a way to change the properties that are added to PDF docs? For instance, when I go the Properties panel in Acrobat, I see: Application: LaTeX with hyperref package PDF Producer: ...
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Reproducible LaTeX builds - compile to a file which always hashes to the same value

I am interested in using LaTeX in a way such that when I compile twice, I get the very same resulting file. My test.tex: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} Hello, World! \end{document} ...
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hyperref: pdftitle and wrong character encoding [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using non ASCII characters in author names and titles within hyperref pdfinfo \documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{mwrep} \usepackage{polski} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} ...
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How do I make an attached file display like a link?

I'm embedding an external file in my pdf with \usepackage{attachfile2} and\textattachfile[color=1 1 1]{description}{file.pdf}. How can I make the text look the same as it would if I had used the ...
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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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Can you have hyperlinks to locations in different PDFs?

It's possible to hyperlink to another PDF file using Adobe Acrobat using the following LaTeX code: \href{run:target.pdf}{Click me!} If this is placed in source.pdf, then you can click on the ...
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Test the hyperlinks of a pdf document [closed]

Is there any way to test the hyperlinks of a pdf file ? Suppose I have a pdf file containing a large number of hyperlinks, can I test automatically the response I will have when following those links ...
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How to make a dissolving transition with LaTeX Beamer?

For a presentation I want to visualise the growth of a tree using a dissolving transition. Under Linux it works fine to use \transdissolve for that, Evince properly draws the transition. ...
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Why does TeX Live's pdflatex produce smaller PDFs than MiKTeX's pdflatex?

When building my master thesis, I've found that the size of the produced PDF differs if I use Tex Live on Ubuntu compared to MiKTeX on Windows; for the latter, the size is about 50% greater (from ...
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Can PDF search find words with ligatures in XeLaTeX-documents?

Is there some way allow PDF search to find words with ligatures? I use XeLaTeX. \documentclass{book} \begin{document} Prefix. \end{document} In the resulting pdf file, searching for the word ...
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Having all links underlined with dotted line

so I'm trying to figure out how to have all links underlined with a dotted line. The furthest I got with this and this is: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor,soul,lipsum} ...
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Help defining PDF syntax with listings package

I'm trying to make a pdf language definition for the listings package, but I can't get the string definition to work correctly. This is what I have defined: \lstdefinelanguage{pdf}{ ...
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Perfect Print and Screen Quality

I'm going to finish my thesis which leads me to the wish of polishing my document at it's best. Currently I'm running in some minor problems with my black values and I observed some table blurring ...
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It is possible to make fonts appear heavier (darker) in pdf output of Latex?

[Edited to include what I have learned from the answers.] I am using Latex in TeX Live on my Mac, through TeXLive. I compile .pdf files using Pdflatex. I use the default fonts. [These fonts are ...
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Extracting image from PDF to use in LaTeX document?

I need to include some graphs from a datasheet in my document, but of course I don't have the source files. What would be the best course of action? It's mostly logarithmic scale graphs.
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What can cause generated PDF document whose text are not correctly copyable?

I was wondering why some PDF documents compiled from some LaTeX code does not make its text correctly copyable, i.e. what you can get is nonsense text? For example, this pdf document (I don't have the ...
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how to create PDF in grayscale mode or TikZ figure only?

how to create PDF in grayscale mode? convert PDF color in PDF grayscale. I need the PDF in grayscale color. Or in TikZ figure only.
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Is it possible to specify page numbers that are words, e.g. “Title”?

I suppose this might also go on SuperUser, but I'm only interested in it insofar as implementing it in LaTeX, so I'll ask here. I feel certain that I've seen PDF's where the actual PDF page number of ...
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Is it possible to render a PDF in sepia tones?

Is it possible to render a PDF in sepia tones, both the font color and overall document background? Preferably using pdflatex. The final effect could be something like this screenshot of Pocket in ...
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PDF image files and `htlatex`

When eps files are provided, htlatex from tex4ht automatically converts to png files so that graphic files can be shown in the final html output. However, I use most of the time the pdf graphic file ...
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Can't copy-paste from my PDF. Any idea why?

When using copy paste from the PDF generated from my Latex document, the text comes out garbled. What could be causing this? This is an example of the original text: At last, and taking the risk ...
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Why do some vector graphics included into a document force rasterization of the whole page and subsequently ruin the look of the text in cups?

When I \includegraphics certain PDF files (for example this SVG converted with Inkscape), the output produced by LuaLaTeX or PDFLaTeX will be such that when the page containing the picture is printed ...
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A basic question about raw pdf file output by pdftex

Consider the following simple tex file, to be compiled with pdflatex. \pdfcompresslevel=0 \documentclass{standalone} \begin{document} \hrulefill \end{document} Thanks to \pdfcompresslevel=0, the ...
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How to change the PDF producer metadata with XeLaTeX on MikTeX

I tried to change the PDF Producer of the generated PDF file with XeLaTeX, but it always be "MikTeX-xdvipdfmx (0.7.8)", if the PDF is generated with pdflatex, it will change as I wish, does anybody ...
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Telling Tikz/Tex to produce raster instead of vector in resulting PDF

I am using MikTeX and Tikz package to generate images (playing cards on A4 paper). The result is nice, but slow (too many vector objects, printing is hell slow). Is there a way to directly tell TeX ...
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How to upload LaTeX-generated pdf paper to arXiv without LaTexXsources

arXiv is smart enough to detect whether your pdf is generated by LaTeX. If it is, arXiv asks for the sources of the pdf instead of the pdf file itself. This is really annoying and inconvenient. Can ...
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duotone PDF files with lualatex

How to provide duotone PDF files for publishers who require it? I have a document with images (graphicx \includegraphics), TikZ diagrams, compiled with lualatex. So, if I understand it right, there ...
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Launching an external PDF viewer from Emacs/AUCTeX on a Mac OSX fails.

I am trying to set Emacs/AUCTeX to invoke an external PDF viewer so I can view the document output, preferably with source correlation via SyncTeX. AUCTeX, by default, suggested evince file.pdf; ...
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How to get radio boxes right in PDF forms using hyperref? [closed]

I would like to create a fillable PDF form containing radio buttons using hyperref. The text fields turn out fine. The problem is with the radio boxes. Only one fillable radio box is visible when ...
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What causes latex.exe to be unable to import *.jpg, *.png, *.pdf directly?

Internally, what causes latex.exe to be unable to import *.jpg, *.png, *.pdf directly?
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Inkscape → PDF → includegraphics → XeLaTeX → changed colors

I have an SVG file, which I have made/edited with Inkscape. I want to include this image in my thesis. The svg file is here: http://brussense.be/temp/theSVG.svg (because Inkscape uses a non-standard ...
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How does PDF or PDF Viewer define a rounding rule for stroke thickness?

I defined a sequence of line segments of different thickness each as follows. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multido} \parindent=0sp \begin{document} ...
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Box border lines not showing properly on PDF

I have the following code that generate a box with text content: \documentclass{report} \usepackage{color} \usepackage{lipsum} \newcommand\tipbox[1]{% \begin{center}% ...
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TikZ picture wrecks page on Adobe Reader

The following MWE contains the offending code. The page that this code is on does not show up when the PDF is seen in Acrobat Reader. I do not use Acrobat myself, but my advisor does, so my thesis has ...
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Section numbers in PDF bookmarks

I need to write section numbers in PDF bookmarks, but only for section (and not for subsections etc.). Desired result: Now I use bookmark package, so I can write numbers for every bookmark with ...
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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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What's the best way to embed Visio diagrams?

I was wondering if there is an easier (and better) way of embedding Visio diagrams into a LaTeX document. As far as I know there a two ways: Save Visio Diagram as PNG and use \includegraphics Save ...
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How to know the number of pages in a PDF file?

I use graphicx to include pages of a PDF file. I want to know in LaTeX how many pages are in the file. How to do this?
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Why does my conference/university require me to use DVI intermediary format?

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 and the ...
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How to produce unicode copyable alternative text? (with accsupp)

In the following example, I can't manage to make accsupp store the unicode alternative text. The resulting PDF looks as expected but the copyable text is not the correct one. I tried this with ...
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Store black and white information in a generated pdf

Last time when I printed my thesis at a copy shop the nice girl asked me if my pdf has some kind of color information stored inside. She explained to me that their printers can detect black and white ...
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How to use CMYK-Colors in the whole document

I found out, that my color laser printer prints graphics with gray color in RGB-Representation instead of using black (they are more red then gray). So it seems, that PDFLaTeX is creating ...