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Generate large document by pdfTeX, then break result into many PDF files while preserving links

This is the PDF file of a book I wrote: http://www.abstractmath.org/Handbook/handbook.pdf It takes a long time to download because it is a big file. I generated it using pdfLaTeX. Is there a way to ...
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Lyx template for scientific paper

Anyone know of any simple Template for scientific paper which is easy to modify and looks great? So that i don't have to use several hour to find out the syntax.
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How does one typeset a URL?

I'd like to insert a URL into this document. Is there a "correct" way of doing that? If so, is there a way to turn it into a link inside the final pdf generated with pdfTeX or XeTeX?
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Does anything like a “pdfXeLaTeX” exist?

I have generally been using pdfLaTeX to typeset my documents. I recently heard about XeTeX which supposedly is the same thing, except has better support for things like unicode and fonts. Is there a ...
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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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How can I create a multiline split inside of a radical inside of an array environment?

I have an align like this: \begin{align*} \sigma &= \sqrt{\sum_x \left[ (x-\mu_x)^2\mathbf{f}(x) \right] } = \sqrt{\frac{1}{10}\sum_x (x-\mu_x)^2 } \ &= \sqrt{\frac{1}{10}( (0-.45)^2 ...
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htlatex leaves undefined reference (“??” link) but pdflatex produces correct output

We have a large document that runs through pdflatex and through htlatex. The pdflatex output is fully ok. The htlatex output is also ok (it contains all images etc.) except that for some ...
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Boxes in LaTeX not proper

\setlength\fboxrule{2pt}\setlength\fboxsep{2mm} \fbox{ Let $f:[0,1] \to \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function. If $f$ is infinitely differentiable, \ then prove that $f$ coincides with a ...
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What is the best way to insert document-level JavaScript in LaTeX documents

I have been toying with the idea of converting some forms at work to interactive forms. I have tried some of the routines that come with insdljs, but they seem a bit dated. The idea is very ...
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Frequently loaded packages: Differences between pdfLaTeX and XeLaTeX

Until now, I have been compiling my LaTeX documents with pdfLaTeX. My standard document preamble includes the "usual suspects" for non-English speakers (inputenc, fontenc, babel) and a bunch of other ...
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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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Resize paper to mbox

Is it possible to define a function where the page is resized to exactly the dimension of an mbox? For example, I want to do something like the following: \documentclass{report} \thispagestyle{empty} ...
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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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How do I make smaller pdf file sizes with pdflatex? (Or, how do I make pdflatex use CFF fonts?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how to create small final pdf files for the internet When I compile tex -> dvi -> ps -> pdf I have a 9 MB file... something emailable When I .tex -> pdf with ...
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Utilizing oldstyle figures without resorting to \oldstylenums

Quite a few of the freely available LaTeX fonts include oldstyle figures (numerals that harmonize with lower case letters) in addition to lining figures. (Generally, you have to load the textcomp ...
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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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How to use PDFlatex with Tikz package?

I have to make a presentation run by PDFlatex. But I want to draw a picture in it with the Tikz package. How can I manage this?
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Appendices in PDF Outline appear as childs of last section

I'm using the following general outline in book class: \mainmatter \include{introduction} \part{...} \include{chapter1} ... \part{...} ... ...
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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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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?

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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Aquamac, AUCTeX should open PDF in external viewer, not render it in Emacs buffer

I use AUCTeX in my Mac Emacs, which is Aquamac 23.1. Typically in AUCTeX, when I type C-c C-c it runs pdflatex, then C-c C-c again and it opens it in a PDF viewer. But in this Aquamac emacs version, ...
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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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Source specials for PDF?

Normally I write my LaTeX with Emacs/AUCTeX viewing in xdvi, which has the very nice "source specials" feature that I can hit a key command in Emacs to jump to the current location in the output dvi ...
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How to make images appear at their actual size?

Whenever I insert an image into my PDFTex document (using the code below) it seems to be resized to fit the width of the page. I know I can change this using the scale parameter, but that means I have ...
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MetaPost pictures in PDFLaTeX

To include MetaPost pictures in a latex file compiled by pdflatex I usually do something like \usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx} ... \includegraphics{filename-without-mps} but this requires all metapost ...
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is there an unlog.sh script for pdflatex?

I'm tired of manually creating the tarfiles I need for uploading articles to the arxiv. The process involves creating a tarfile of all the (non-standard) source files. So naturally it needs the .tex ...
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Workflow for reviewing PDFs generated from TeX?

I am currently letting friends and family spellcheck my thesis written with LaTeX. Since my markup is macro-heavy and not all of them have ever used another editor but MS Word, I cannot let them work ...
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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 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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What possibilities are there of using OpenType fonts and margin kerning?

I really like the protrusion and margin kerning features of pdfTeX and LuaTeX. I also like to use other fonts than those available for TeX. What choices do I have when I want to use both? Also, what ...
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Included PNG appears blurry in PDF

This is a follow-up to Included png appears too big in PDF, but it's a separate issue so I'll put it in its own question instead of burying it in comments. The problem: an included PNG, included ...
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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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Insert code into a latex doc. without leading tabs

When I write latex I usually indent my sections like this (it allows easier folding in vim, is like reading code, etc). section{section} bla bla bla bla bla subsection{a} bla bla ...
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For movie15-based 3D embeds, how to get u3d files?

The movie15 package (an interface to embed movies, sounds and 3D objects into PDF documents for use with LaTeX as well as pdfLaTeX) requires 3D files to be in u3d format for embedding into pdf. This ...
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Pop-up references in PDF output

I once saw a maths journal which offered PDFs of published papers, where the bibliographic references were formatted as PDF annotations: if you moused over a reference in the text, the bibliography ...
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Meaningful error messages when using LaTeX instead of PDFLaTeX

When I have TikZ images or I include .png graphics, I need to use PDFLaTeX instead of plain vanilla LaTeX. (That is, I need to use PDFLaTeX all the time, rather than just when I want to produce the ...
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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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Is there a simple way to use the gentium font in latex?

I'd like to use the gentium font in a LaTeX document, and the instructions I found at this site make it look rather difficult. Is there a simple package that is now available that would allow me to ...
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What's the absolute largest paper size permissible with pdflatex?

I've had occasion to typeset extraordinarily large matrices, which I didn't seriously expect anyone to expect in detail (without a computer) or print, but I needed it to be obvious that they were ...
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Why can't pdflatex print EPS figures?

The images in my paper are in EPS format. If I execute pdflatex to get a PDF version of my paper, the figures won't appear. I have to typeset using the latex command, and then convert the DVI file to ...
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What is the practical difference between latex and pdflatex?

I understand that some packages (like PSTricks) can't be used with pdflatex. Are there any other differences between these tools? Can we say that pdflatex is better if we don't care about ps?
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How do I make links in my pdf to run other programs?

I remember when I installed MiKTeX on my PC, I did it by clicking a series of links in a pdf document, which would run the various installer programs. What (La)TeX commands were used to make that ...
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Why are some pages in my PDF coming out bold? [duplicate]

When I run my LaTeX document through pdflatex, some of the pages (the ones where figures appear) have all the text bolded. Why, and what can I do to make it stop?
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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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“Font shape undefined” with LaTeX and isodoc

I'm trying to create a simple invoice with pdflatex and the isodoc class. Unfortunately, the "INVOICE" opening is appear in all lowercase, and I suspect this warning is the reason why: LaTeX Font ...
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Small Caps and Bold Face

I can't seem to have both the small caps and boldface styles on a line: \huge\sc\bf Hello This will generate bold text, and if the \sc is placed after, it will generate small caps text but not ...