{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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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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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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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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typing errors in latex draw

When i use latex draw i could encounter this problem.That is if I type the mathematical symbols i could not get the symbols rather the latex command only. help me to rectify this. I have tried to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 are some packages or methods that I can use to create JAWS-accessible LaTeX content?

I'm looking for packages, external tools, and/or methods that allow me to create PDF (and Word ?) files with LaTeX that are fully accessible and Section 508-compliant, and that can be read with ...
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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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Is there a tool that converts “normally written” TeX source to one with a newline at the end of every sentence? [duplicate]

In many of the questions asked here, people recommend the use of control versioning for the write-up LaTeX documents, especially for documents that are large, such as theses. The issue with doing ...
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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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How do I use QTikZ on a standalone file

My file is quite simple, e.g., \documentclass{article} \usepackage[landscape]{geometry} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (-1.5,0) -- (1.5,0); \draw (0,-1.5) -- ...
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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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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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Using Excel2LaTeX in Excel 2013 [closed]

I'm using Excel 2013 and having no luck getting the Excel2LaTeX add-in to do my bidding. When I view my add-ins from the options menu, all seems well--Excel2LaTeX shows up, and its checkbox is marked ...
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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 ...
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WYSIWYG LaTeX table editor [duplicate]

Are there any WYSIWYG LaTeX table editors that you recommend for creating LaTeX tables?
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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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Is there an OCR that can convert an image of a formula into a TeX markup?

Is there an OCR software that can convert a graphical image (in PNG, GIF, TIFF, PDF... format) of a mathematical formula into the corresponding TeX markup?
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Is there a tool for cleaning BibTeX source from LaTeX style escapes?

I have a BibTeX file which uses the old style LaTeX escapes, for example author = {Fjeld, Morten and Sch\"{a}r, Sissel Guttormsen} I want to read the file with a Scala script using jbibtex and ...
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LaTeX on the go [duplicate]

I resently started to like Google docs. The ability to write every I am, anytime I want. Especially mobile, with a tablet. Because the best Ideas don't care what you are doing, they just pop in your ...
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TeX-aware source line wrapping

For various reasons, I prefer to have short physical lines in my latex documents, so that the various editors I switch among don't need to soft-wrap the display. But many GUI editors have terrible ...
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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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What tools are there to make LaTeX more viable at work

I do data mining in R, Python and various object oriented languages. I like using LaTeX to present my results; either to myself (i.e. use them for result interpretation/analysis) or to send to ...
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Spell checking in Shell

I know I can use TeXShop or any other word processing program to spell check my document, but I was wondering, if there are any spell checking scripts, which run in a shell/Terminal. I saw that there ...
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Spell checking LaTeX documents

What's the best strategy for spell checking LaTeX documents?
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Math-mode aware search/replace utility? [duplicate]

As I gradually update the source code of my LaTeX documents to conform to new conventions, I find myself in need of a search/replace utility that is (or can be made) aware of LaTeX math mode. Often I ...
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Run Latexian output with latexcalc

I'm using Latexian to typeset my documents, and also another tool called latexcalc(check it out, its really useful!) , which automatically evaluates the result of typeset calculations. Is there some ...
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Is there a WYSIWYG editor for biblatex styles?

Does anyone know if a WYSIWYG editor for biblatex exists, where I simply can enter some kind of template (e.g. regular expression or whatever) and the needed commands to produce this style would be ...
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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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Do the online LaTeX compilers use a TeX daemon to speed up their compilation?

There seem to be quite a few fabulous web-sites now that compile LaTeX online. I was wondering what techniques these sites used to speed up compilation of documents. It would seem they would be ...
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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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Adobe Acrobat's markup and annotate trough LaTeX?

Adobe Acrobat has the feature that enables the user to markup words or lines and to add an annotation to these markups. These features do not only exits in Acrobat. The markup looks like this: Is ...
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Vim-Latex spell checking : ignore comment regions

I'm using the Vim-Latex environment for writing french documents. The problem is that when I comment a line containing a command, the spell checking tool highlights the command as a spelling mistake. ...
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FOSS for real-time PGFPlots

Any FOSS for real-time PGFPlots? Is it worth opening a feature request for KtikZ (QtikZ)?