{tools} is about the complementary tools needed to produce particular jobs. Note that it may not refer to any particular tool in a standard TeX bundle.

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What parsers for (La)TeX mathematics exist outside of the TeX engines?

Inspired by the author's motivation for asking Is there a BNF grammar of tex language. Are there any well done libraries that can parse some subset of TeX mathematics independently of the TeX engine? ...
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Identifying typesetting from PDF files [duplicate]

On many occasions I read other people's documents and I wonder that kind of typesetting was used to compile said document. Is there any way to find out the typesetting from the metadata of the PDF ...
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! Package inputenc Error: Unicode char �zq (U+EC) - web site

Im getting the following error message, due to my bibtex source ! Package inputenc Error: Unicode char �zq (U+EC) I know it is because somewhere, some how some a special m!@$$êr character has ...
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Are there tools for importing from CSV to BibTeX?

I'm seeking a way to get my books database, stored on Goodreads, into BibTeX form. As near as I can tell, Goodreads provides no support for this directly, but does provide for CSV export (on the right)...
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TeX family tree with timeline?

When I first started using TeX, I felt overwhelmed by the myriad of names — BibTeX, XeTeX, LaTeX, XeLaTeX, ConTeXt, LuaTeX, MacTeX, TeXLive — and more. I didn't know the packages from the programs ...
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Utility to Strip Comments from LaTeX Source

I've a LaTeX source. I'm ready %for submission %But first I would like to strip its comments. So I hope there are 100\% auto ways to get this done. \begin{comment} Because there are subtle ways ...
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Pretty printing LaTeX source

I am looking for a tool that reformats my LaTeX source code so that it becomes nice and readable. For programming languages like C, C++, etc. such pretty printers exist. Are there any pretty printers ...
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Working on multiple tex files using different fonts using TexStudio - driving me insane [duplicate]

I was working with a Tex file in the standard font, and another in Calibri in Tex Studio. The problem is that I have to switch compiler between the two files. I don't want to use Configure -> Build ...
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Command line tool to extract .bib entry by key?

I'd like a tool that, when given a .bib file and a key from that file as inputs, outputs a plain text rendition of the full entry. For example: bib.bib @Article{tversky83, author = {Amos Tversky ...
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What is the a good PDF crop tool for creating diagrams? [closed]

I originally used TikZ for a lot of the diagrams I use for my tex file. However, as diagrams get more complicated (think insanely nested loops with labels everywhere) I find it is usually easier and ...
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Compiling documents online

I have heard rumors that you can compile documents online, and more specifically that Google has a free online compiler, but I have never been able to find any. Is there a way to compile documents ...
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Best Windows tool for managing .bib files to be later processed by biblatex?

I think this topic is not specifically covered by none of the existing questions about biblatex. Sorry if I am wrong. I am planning to use biblatex to include and manage references in my LaTeX ...
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Command line option to get tree view structure of LaTeX project

I would like to get a tree-view of a latex project showing things like sections, chapters, figures. - Table of contents - Introduction (1.0) --- fig 1 fig one title --- fig 2 fig two title - ...
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Proofreading of Latex document

I am working on some document in Latex in Linux and then I will outsource the proofreading of it to some company. The problem is, the company uses MS Windows machines and it has so far only worked ...
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Are there any LaTeX packages to compute and render the diff between two text files?

I look for a TeX package that could do the following, or anything close. I image the simpler use case as giving two text files of any kind as parameters : \diff{file1}{file2} and this command ...
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Current tools for quantum computing

There are several questions here already asking about packages and tools for use in generating quantum mechanics and quantum computation diagrams suitable for incorporation into TeX documents, but all ...
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When and why should I use % !TEX TS-program and % !TEX encoding?

Occasionally, I see other people's documents starting with two lines like that: % !TEX TS-program = xelatex % !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode It's clear to me that the first line declares the engine ...
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How to automate using biber in MiKTeX-TeXworks

I have MikTeX 2.9, 32-bit, Windows 7, all the latest updates are there. I'm using TeXworks ( pdflatex + makeindex + bibtex). When I use biblatex package with option [backend=biber] I have no ...
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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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Tool for generating a website's BibTex using the URL?

Is there an existing tool for generating BibTeX of a website using its URL? What I'm thinking is something like a web tool or a Python script that does this.
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How to manage reference efficiently? refworks or jabref or anything else?

When I do research, I often write papers in LaTeX (in most cases) and Microsoft Word. My question is how to manage hundreds or even thousands of papers efficiently and effectively? I know several ...
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Format the LaTeX code of an array

Is there any editor that can nicely format the LaTeX code for an array? By nicely format I mostly have in mind aligning the &, as in the examples below: Example 1: \begin{array}{lcl} z & = ...
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for shell script containing the whole latex document, adding a file name choosing capability [closed]

I ran across this post Possible to have a shell script containing the whole LaTeX document? The solution in that post works perfectly as written. However I wanted to be able to choose the name ...
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How to cut pdf at crop marks?

I have a PDF document, evidently produced using LaTeX, which has wide white margins and crop marks. I'd like to remove these margins and corresponding crop marks. Is there a tool to do it ...
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Tool to compare log files

Is there any tool that can help in comparing two log files from different runs? I am interested in showing things like: Different versions of the loaded packages Change in the size of overfull ...
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LaTeX packages for use with revision control

I use revision control (Subversion, to be exact) to keep track of the edits to my LaTeX documents. Is there a LaTeX package that interfaces with revision control? Specifically, it would be nice to see ...
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How to convert csv file to bibtex? [closed]

I have a csv file of the database Springer as follows: Columns Item Title,Publication Title,Book Series Title,Journal Volume,Journal Issue,Item DOI,Authors,Publication Year,URL,Content Type Data ...
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How to track changes between PDFs?

I've got a modestly large document (60 pages or so), of technical documentation, in two versions (one of them improved). Unfortunately, I seem to have lost the source of the older version (but I do ...
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Why doesn't Pandoc convert citations correctly from Markdown to LaTeX?

Consider the following markdown fragment: Connecting these native implementations to the Python world is enabled by the [Cython](http://cython.org/) toolchain  [@behnel2011cython]. I use pandoc to ...
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Is there a program equivalent to lint for LaTeX?

Is there a program equivalent to lint for LaTeX? (lint checks C code for syntax errors and possible mistakes.)
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Math Input Panel in Windows 7 and LaTeX writing

I just found out about the Math Input Panel in Windows 7,and now there is commercial software using it for LaTex writing. For example Inlage. If you have a look of their first demo video, you know ...
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How to insert LaTeX formulas in LibreOffice?

I am using Libreoffice normally, but I need have Gauss Matrix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaussian_elimination) in Libreoffice . I found that Latex can do that. I installed Lyx on Ubuntu. How can I ...
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In xcolor, what is an easy way to experiment with color choices?

I want to check color choices in xcolor, for example for row coloring of a table. Is there a site for code ⇒ color; as in you play with the code and see what color you get color ⇒ code; you choose a ...
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Natbib errors: find which entry is causing them

When one is pestered with the all too familiar error message ! Package natbib Error: Bibliography not compatible with author-year citations, how does one find which entry is causing the problem? I'...
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Long LaTeX files in Sublime Text 2

I use Sublime Text 2 for my LaTeX documents, but I tend to write very long documents. What kind of tricks or add-ons would be helpful when working with super long files? For example, since I have ...
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Is there such a thing as a LaTeX code formatter

I was looking for this a while back for JavaScript, but I was wondering a general purpose one exists for all, or most languages. For example for LaTeX I would put the following in a text box $f_i^k+...
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What GUI applications are there to assist in generating graphics for TeX?

I found GeoGebra to be a useful tool to help generate code for graphs. I suppose there must be other tools to help draw diagrams such as Sets/Venn Diagrams or Electrical Circuits (Logic Gates). Which ...
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makebbx - program similar to makebst? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a style definition helper for creating biblatex citation styles, like makebst for biblatex? There is a "program" called makebst that allows creating of fine-tuned ....
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Extract all arguments of a certain command from a document

I have a command \foo which takes two arguments and which I use about a hundred times throughout my document (but never within an argument of another instance of \foo). I now want to spellcheck every ...
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LaTeX and bibliography management tools

For my writing I am using MS Word and Zotero as bibliography manager. But now I think I am going to move to LaTeX on a Linux box. I just toyed with Texmaker to generate my documents and it works fine ...
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Extracting typeset lines

For a research project, I'd like to extract an image of each typeset line in a page of plain text all in the same font. I've considered two ways, both hacks of course, but I don't mind hacking: Use ...
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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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Spell checking LaTeX documents

What's the best strategy for spell checking LaTeX documents?
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Tools to create figures of physic exercices [duplicate]

I love make my university homeworks in LaTeX but sometimes I don't know how to create the schema of a problem, like particle collisions, analytical mechanics problem... Is there any tool to create ...
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How to make Latexmk use makeglossaries?

Is there a way to make Latexmk invoke makeglossaries (part of the glossaries package)? Specifically I want to use latexmk to compile a LaTeX document that uses the glossaries package to produce a ...
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Electronic mail-merge

This is not strictly a TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt question, nevertheless this is probably the best place to ask. For the people who don't know: mail merge is a standard functionality in a word processor that ...
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Is there an equivalent of jsfiddle for LaTeX? [duplicate]

Given that it's very useful to generate minimal reproducible examples when asking for help, it seems like a online LaTeX sandbox would be beneficial. For those unaware, jsfiddle and similar sites ...
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Function to autoformat string of text

I am writing a thesis that will require the reporting of the results of multiple ANOVAs. Reporting these follows the format F1,16=5.06, P=.009. I would like a tool that does this formatting for me, ...
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Text tool to expand TeX macros [duplicate]

a few months ago I heard of a tool für TeX but I can't find it, so I want to ask you whether you know what tool am I talking about. The function is: Say you have some own macros like \newcommand{\...
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Create custom font package for LaTeX?

Can I create a custom package for LaTeX, that provides a custom font? There a packages like paratype or droid. I can just type \usepackage{droid} and it works! Is there tools to convert OTF/TTF ...