about particular ways to work with TeX and friends, e.g. compile sequences and the process from ideas via draft to a final document.

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Sorting logs into different folders

When I run xelatex (or other compilers), I always end up with many log files in a single folder. This gets difficult to manage. I could create a script which moves them into various folders (e.g. one ...
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Reducing the time it takes to write a document

Exemplar case I often have situations in which I must quickly write and print a report, within a short time. Some features of TeX allow me to work quickly. For example, with BibTeX, I can quickly add ...
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Creating a common settings file

I have created a file which provides convenient options to change the settings for all of my documents. For e.g.: \def\BookFontRoman{Gentium Plus} \def\BookFontCJK{Adobe Song Std} \def\PageWidth{280} ...
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Many documents, same preamble

I work with many documents which I hope will have the same style throughout.. When making a decision about the design, I want that to be applied to all of the documents uniformly. I've created 1 file ...
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What are good working practices for VCS with LaTeX documents?

I am interested in using a VCS to track changes as I write short LaTeX documents in my daily research. Essentially, I use LaTeX as a whiteboard for developing ideas, and then I have documents to ...
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Looking for an efficient way to create polished scientific graphics

I’m looking for a professional and efficient way to create scientific graphics. There are basically two types of graphics I want to create (and maybe not a joint approach works for both): Plots of ...
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Everyday LaTeX and workflow?

I'm a LaTeX beginner and am wondering what a typical workflow looks like when writing a (longish) document. The draw for me is the ability to separate content and presentation, but it still seems ...
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What are the finishing touches you put to a document?

I'm curious about the finishing touches that people put to LaTeX documents. Are there any canonical or special things that people do in finalizing a document? What I do: Careful proofreading of ...