{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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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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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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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? ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Command-line tools for some bibtex database manipulations

Inspired by an answer to another question, I am reminded of the various reasons why it's difficult to have only one BIB file. I would like to have a set of command line tools that I could script to ...
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No Text selection tool in Kile with Okular as reader

I'm using Kile as my LaTeX IDE with Okular as pdf viewer. Everything works fine except the fact that I cannot find the text selection tool to copy text from the previewed pdf. I know that this tool ...
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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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TikZ editor for Mac OS

I'm looking for an editor like tikzedt for Mac OS X. Or something similar in order to write and see quickly the result. Any suggestion ?
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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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Bibliography tools that are compatible with biblatex and biber

I’m currently in the process of reconsidering how I do bibliography management. It seems to be most sensible to use biblatex with biber. I’d like to know what tools are available on which I can build ...
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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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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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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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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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Using Excel2LaTeX in Excel 2010

I just installed Excel2LaTeX in Excel 2010. I do see it in add-ins. However, I cannot find a way to operate it. That is, there is no change in the ribbon area after the package was installed. How ...
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Combining strengths of Beamer and WYSIWYG drawing tools [closed]

I used to use Beamer, and I loved it. However, compared to a WYSIWYG software like Powerpoint, creating slides with Beamer is so time-consuming, especially for graphics and animations (I don't overuse ...
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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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“Flatten” macros prior to sharing LaTeX file

Is there a way/an existing tool to process a LaTeX source document such that for a given list of macro definitions (using \newcommand), calls to those macros are replaced by their expanded version? ...
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View specific pdf version from git repository with linux application

Are there any Linux programs that can open specific versions of a pdf file under revision control with git. I have been using subversion for version control with my latex documents, but I am giving ...
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How to best debug LaTeX?

..and I don't mean finding out why it doesn't compile, I mean serious debugging: breakpoints, figuring out value of variables at a given moment during run/compile, stepping, examining a stack (is ...
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Spell checking LaTeX documents

What's the best strategy for spell checking LaTeX documents?
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Is there such a thing as a font viewer [duplicate]

How do you know what glyphs are in a font? Is there a tool that shows them?
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How can I tell chktex that I have checked the next line?

I use chktex to check my bachelor's thesis for mistakes. I get a lot of warnings and I would like to get rid of them. For example, I have a line ...
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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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Edit hyperref PDF metadata and options in external software [closed]

I am looking to figure out whether there is a way to edit options that the hyperref package offers in other software. To be more precise, what I am particularly after are the following ones: ...
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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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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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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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website for easy creating biblatex code?

Is there any website like http://www.citethisforme.com that easily creates citation file? This website has a search engine, that the user can add his keywords like the name of author or book and when ...
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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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Live tex compilation

Tools like firebug allow a developer to immediately view the results of changes they make to the HTML of a webpage. Has anyone taken a similar strategy with LaTeX, so that an entire compile cycle is ...
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Combining multiple latex document on source level

Suppose I have two tex files with the structures: cat file1.tex \documentclass{article} \usepackage{package1} \usepackage{package2} \newcommand{\mymacro1}{mymacro1} \newcommand{\mymacro2}{mymacro2} ...
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Latex “command examples” lookup / reference - from the command line?

I am already very fond of the texdef tool, which is used on the command line, something like this: $ texdef -t latex \newcounter \newcounter: macro:#1->\expandafter \@ifdefinable \csname ...
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Comprehensive list of tools that simplify the generation of LaTeX tables

Manually hacking tables in LaTeX is one of the less funny things when preparing a document. Naturally, there are quite a few tools that promise to simplify this. In fact, I have somewhat lost track of ...
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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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Find and match corresponding arXiv preprints and journal articles

Many works are published on a preprint server such as the arXiv before publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Since the arXiv can be updated during the peer-review process, it is common to find ...
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A command line Latex calculator?

I often need to check what a length expression like "20pt + 2 cm" would resolve to -- and of course, I'd rather do something quick on the command line / shell / terminal, than typing ...
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Latexdiff “fixes” and config files

Latexdiff, while overall very useful, sometimes requires manual fixes to its configuration variables and default options; for instance, excluding the tikzpicture environment from the diff algorithm ...
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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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replacing macros parameters by its definition [duplicate]

Usually, I use many macros in my documents to save time. I am searching for clever "ideas, methods, tools" which can replace macros by its definition. For example, if we have a the following document ...
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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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Making charts using alternative tools?

I would like to create some charts including bar and pie in my LaTex file, so far I found some useful packages in order to make them such as pgfplots. I have also looked into some science papers and ...
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Updating Bibtex fields through DOI

I have a big Bibtex, which has been created by Mendely. However, Mendeley has a habit to strangely format the journal name. As soon as I have updated one references by DOI lookup in Mendely, just the ...
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How can I use LaTeX from Python.

I need to generate documents from a web application and would like to do this using the Python language and LaTeX, are there any tools that will help me? Edit This Application will be hosted on ...
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Does something like a fast LaTeX syntax checker for checking errors / warnings exist? [duplicate]

When I currently compile my LaTeX document, I do it like this: sketch figures/torus.sketch > figures/torus.tex pdflatex $(DOKUMENT).tex -output-format=pdf # aux-files for makeindex / ...
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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 ...