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Texshop and inverse search

I just updated to the latest version of TexShop and now my inverse search (from the pdf to the source) does not work anymore. Neither with command+click nor with right click -> sync. It used to work ...
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Problem with alltt package when defining new command

I have following problem. In the code below the second parameter of new command 'chunk' is supposed to output text 'as-is' using alltt package (I need alltt because I will output some other new ...
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How to include interactive java-based web pages inside LaTeX generated PDF documents

Is it possible to open an interactive web page, such as this, inside a latex generated pdf page?
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pdflatex and pstricks

Sometimes ago I wrote a style file for drawing GANNT charts with pstricks. I typically compile my code with latex+dvips+ps2pdf, and everything works fine. However, I am now preparing a presentation ...
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Which packages can you use to improve the typographic quality?

List here which packages can be used to make text easier to read and nicer to look at. After all, the superior typographic quality is one of the main reasons to prefer LaTeX to, for example, MS Word.
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Clickable chapters on the right side of each page

Is it possible with pdfLaTeX to create a clickable "table of contents" on the right side of each page as you could see here (it is a screenshot of a PDF):
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Making an anonymous PDF file using PDFLaTeX

When writing a referee report for a journal, it would be preferrable to have the resulting PDF file generated by pdflatex be completely anonymous. Does one need to take special actions to ensure ...
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Is it possible to embed a YouTube video using LaTeX?

I'd like to embed a YouTube video inside a PDF generated by LaTeX, now I know it is possible to embed videos using the movie15 package but that includes the video in the PDF. I was hoping there would ...
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Create bitmap within TeX file

I'd like to create a bitmap (black and white) from within LuaTeX (or pdfTeX) and rescale it afterwards. For example (a 4x4 bitmap) could be made by \makebitmap{0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0} I ...
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Is there any way to include an animated GIF directly?

Is there any way to include an animated GIF directly in either PDFLaTeX or XeLaTeX? I realize the animate package can include animations in a PDF, but it doesn't support animated GIFs and you have to ...
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Generating PDF/A-1b compliant documents using pdfx and pdfLaTeX

There are several discussions on the web on how to generate PDF/A-1b compliant documents. One approach can be found on ...
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Can pdflatex (or any tex package) automatically rescale included images which have been reduced in size?

I'm writing my thesis in LaTeX, generating it with pdflatex. I have a large number of figures, many of which are bitmaps (as opposed to SVG) in PNG/JPEG format. I've generally created them to be ...
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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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How to get accented unicode characters that can be copy-pasted?

The aim is to generate the .pdf with accented characters (the .tex file has mixed macro and unicode input), in a way that the .pdf text can be copy-pasted. An example: \documentclass{article} ...
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moderncv - filesize of pdf too big

I managed to work out how to create a job application that is entirely written in the moderncv style. I use the moderncv class itself for my CV and the attachments (making each document a section with ...
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How do the various LaTeX compilers (LaTeX, XeLaTeX, PDFLaTeX, ???) differ in terms of use(s), purpose(s), pros and cons? [duplicate]

How do the various LaTeX compilers (LaTeX, XeLaTeX, PDFLaTeX, ???, ConTeXt, fill-in-the-gap) differ? Is there an authoritive list of all currently available LaTeX-related compilers? Which are the ...
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Can I write a document that is compilable with both latex and xetex?

I have just started to have a look at XeTeX and I am wondering whether to make the switch, however I am a bit scared... ...and I am basically wondering if I have to take the step fully or if I can ...
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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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Included png appears too big in PDF

I'm a beginner with LaTex and writing an article in it (letter-sized). WinEDT and MikTeX (versions seen in the log). I have a PNG chart (obtained from R/ggplot2) which is 471 x 335 pixels and which ...
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Is there a “ForwardPDF” tool available?

When I am working on a big document, I find the srcltx package to be extremely useful. However, I also really like the hyperref package. Is it possible to use both? In particular, is there a way to ...
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Ensure verbatim code block is copy/paste-able

After rendering a document containing this code block \begin{verbatim} if [ ! -d .git ]; then git init; fi # Initialises a new Git repository, if doesn't already exist. if [ ! -f README.md ]; ...
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Easily assign undefined ligatures with pdfLaTeX?

Ulrike Fischer showed how Linux Libertine's special ligatures are accessible. Even though she also pointed me at a chapter of the LaTeX Graphics Companion, I'm not really sure how to get these ...
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Deactivating Anti-Aliasing when typesetting QR-Code

Using the following LaTeX-Code: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage[pdf]{pstricks} \usepackage{pst-barcode} \begin{document} \begin{pspicture}(0.7in,0.7in) ...
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Using Asymptote with pdfLaTeX

I have recently started using LaTeX and have found it amazing. I now use LaTeX for all my documents :). However, now that I need to include some graphs and diagrams in my documents, I have found the ...
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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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\write18 pass % through to shell

This has sort of been touched on in some other postings, but for path reasons I would like to avoid using a shell script and just use ImageMagick's (IM) convert command line executable directly from a ...
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Extracting characters from the new libertine (with pdflatex)

The issue: I need to access e.g. libertine's delta glyph in pdflatex. This question notes that the \libertineGlyph command is no longer provided by the latest version of the libertine package. It ...
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Including a PDF page in latex with pdfpages without scaling

I am writing a document in LaTeX and I'm trying to include a frontpage in PDF (aptly called "Frontpage.pdf") the document, to be compiled with Pdflatex. I tried to include it with the pdfpages ...
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Unicode degree symbol ° in math formulas: \textdegree invalid in math mode

I'd like to be able to simply input a degree symbol as ° in my source code. German keyboards have a key for this, and it makes the source so much more readable. I'm using pdflatex from TeXLive 2012, ...
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Determine height of the line you are in

Is there a way in PDFLaTeX to determine the height of the line you are in? Maybe something similar to PDFsavepos. In a normal line (i.e. no heading etc.), you might approximate the height by a fixed ...
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Are itemize and EBGaramond compatible?

This MWE works: \documentclass[english]{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[utf8]{luainputenc} \makeatletter %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% User specified LaTeX commands. ...
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How to determine the true size of a font?

A colleague of mine is submitting a research proposal to one of the UK research councils, whose guidelines stipulate a minimum font-size of 10pt. My colleague, who is of course using LaTeX, uses the ...
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Installing EBGaramond for pdfLaTeX

I made a foolish choice to play around with fonts a few days ago, and haven't escaped since. After getting very kind and useful help here yesterday, I decided to follow the advice given, and change to ...
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Pixelated font as on Texas Instruments calculators

For pedagogical reasons, I would like to build one environment to display something like the screen of one Texas Instruments calculator. What I'm looking for is a way to produce, via pdflatex, one ...
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Specifying CJK fonts for pdftex and CJK.sty

I'm compiling a Japanese TeX file written with CJK.sty, and using the IPA fonts. I used ttf2tfm to generate tfm files. Is there a way to tell pdftex that a set of tfm files correspond to one Unicode ...
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Including pdf_tex images from inkscape

I am trying to use pdftex to lay out a document including images made in inkscape. From inkscape I can output the images as pdfs with accompanying pdf_tex files and put these in a figure environment. ...
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Hyphens at end of line disappear upon pasting, even if they were present in the input

When I paste text from pdflatex output, there are two things about hyphens that I would like to change: Hyphens paste as "hyphen-minus" (U+002D, "-"), but I would prefer the newer Unicode character ...
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File size difference between XeLaTeX and pdfLaTeX

When working with MacTeX 2010, I noticed that XeLaTeX generates files considerably smaller than pdfLaTeX on the same input. Even with the small example \documentclass[11pt]{article} \begin{document} ...
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Regular expressions with pdfTeX

How can one use \pdfmatch with regular expressions and where can one find a listing and description of all the available pdfTeX primitives and help on their use? Edit The latest issue of the pdfTeX ...
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Conflict between color, graphicx and libertine

Compiling the following with pdflatex (TeXLive 2009/Debian on Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx") \documentclass{article} \usepackage{ifpdf} \ifpdf \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{libertine} % ...
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Linux Libertine and pdfTeX: glyph `a' undefined

I have little doubt, usually, in the Linux Libertine font with LaTeX / pdflatex, but a couple of weeks ago, the following happened to me: I have the file with the following test.tex ...
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Replacing greek glyphs in math mode

I want to switch fonts, away from computer modern. I'm pretty sure that I will end up with a mixture of fonts. I can't provide a full list of required features, but Linux Libertine's feature set ...
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How can some eastern European diacritics be correctly displayed with the Alegreya font and pdftex?

I would like to use the Alegreya font in a document that features several diacritic symbols from eastern European languages. Whith xelatex everything works fine, but I would like to use pdftex, and ...
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How can I use -max-print-line in pdftex (TexLive)?

I know that Miktex has an option -max-print-line=n to change the width of the output. I wondered if something like that existed for pdftex from TexLive ? I'm on Gentoo. It is very annoying to have ...
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pdflatex/xelatex problems with MinionPro

I am successfully using package MinionPro for pdflatex. I would like to use it also in xelatex (the math part, actually), so that I can add opentype features to the main text font. However, I am ...
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How do I know which ligatures are used in my document?

In order to know which ligatures I might consider disabling, I would like to know which ones are actually used in my document. (Which ligatures are provided by a font is a more general question; I ...
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How to input kana with PDFLaTeX?

There are a lot of topics about how to use Japanese font, but, often the answer is: use XeLaTeX (or some other), or worse, it's just doesn't work at all. So, knowing that I'm working with PDFLaTeX ...
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Errors using pdfx package to generate PDF/A

I need to submit my thesis in PDF/A format. I am using LyX, but I don't think that is relevant for my question. I get this error message when running pdfx package: ! pdfTeX error (ext5): cannot ...
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Use case for pdfTeX's \quitvmode

While reading one of Lev's answers, I encountered a pdfTeX primitive \quitvmode that I have never noticed before. The pdfTeX manual states that this causes TeX to leave (internal) vertical mode and ...
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UTF-8 error with verbments

I'm writing a book using Latex in what I want to write code in Python. My operating system is Linux and my editor is Kile with: \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} ...