{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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Tool for cleaning LaTeX code

Is there something like indent for LaTeX? I have a collaborator that is using Scientific Workplace and the code it produces is totally messed up; I know I shouldn't expect miracles, but any machine ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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PDF conformance tool

Is there a (freely available) tool that will check the conformance of a PDF file to the PDF standard? I've heard this referred to as "pre-flight" or something along those lines.
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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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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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Are there LaTeX performance profiling tools?

The most obvious way to speed up LaTeX processing is to split a large and complex document into smaller pieces. For example, Makefiles, \beginpgfgraphicnamed/\endpgfgraphicnamed when using TiKZ, and ...
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What is the best way to track changes with non-computer people?

Can you recommend any tools or processes that are similar to MS Word track changes? I am not looking to use a source control system (no svn or git), this is for working with non-programmers. Do any ...
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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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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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Visualize bibliography entry process of biblatex

I'm currently working on modifying the verbose biblatex style to my needs. In order to find out what's going on and to find the definitions I need to modify, I've been digging through a number of ...
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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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Comparing MathJax and MathML

My organisation needs to update its website, which, in particular, will host a number of blogs and wikis on mathematics-related themes. We need to use some way of rendering of LaTeX on our web pages. ...
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Is there a software in Ubuntu that can analyse the cross references (theorems, lemmas, equations, etc.) in a tex project?

There are some software to analyse the cross references among codes (Java or C++). I used to use a software for code analysis under Windows many years before. But I can't remember the name. On linux, ...
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Is there a makebst-like style definition helper for creating biblatex styles?

I know that there is documentation on biblatex and I know that there are loads of answers how to customize the respective biblatex configuration files to meet one's needs to achieve a specific layout ...
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How to “stamp” the same text on each page of a document

I want to have drafting information appear on each page of document. I have seen something similar in the Kluwer document class where it defines \@oddfoot and \@evenfoot for a lot of possibilities. ...
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Finding a Ubuntu package for a sty file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install an individual package on a Linux system? I've had this problem for a while now on Ubuntu. Whenever I have a missing .sty file (right now, it's ...
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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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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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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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Can texdef be forced to show the full definition for environments?

When using texdef to learn the definitions of environments sometimes not all the relevant lines are shown. I guess this has do with how the definitions are written. It seems that when environments are ...
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How do I draw bar graphs in my LaTeX documents?

I have set up the TexLive distribution on my Ubuntu system. What graphics or graph-drawing package should I use to embed bar graphs in my LaTeX documents?
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CLI tool to upload to CTAN

This question led to a new package: ctanupload sty2dtx and ctanify are useful tools to prepare clean packages to CTAN. Is there also a tool to upload the package from a terminal?
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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 ...
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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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How can texdef be made to return indented definitions?

With texdef it is easy to find definitions for (La)TeX commands. It can show what a definition for a given command is. For instance if I issue texdef -t latex \LaTeX I get the following definitions: ...
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Good tools for LaTeX maintenance tasks?

I have a big bunch of old to new LaTeX documents written by several independent people. I have to bring them up to date, modern and consistent, standardized LaTeX code. In these documents there are a ...
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Embeddable in browser LaTeX editor/compiler plugin?

I am currently in the writing of an online LaTeX tutorial and I was wondering if it was possible to have something similar to learnpython.org but for compiling and editing on the fly simple LaTeX ...
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Good LaTeX Table Editor? [duplicate]

For LaTeX tables editor, I am using LaTable version 0.7.1 which is good to a large extent. The only problem I have (so far) with this editor is the ability of adding multi-lines in a cell. Can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can Lyx syntax files override document class defaults?

I'm editing a client's Latex file in Lyx, where the client has used a document class not supported by Lyx. In these cases, I use tex2lyx with either -c article or -c report to ensure Lyx can import ...
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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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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? ...