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LaTeX + Sketch: Workflow—Can It Be Simpler?

I am brand-new to LaTeX, Sketch, and even using the command line. My purpose is to write assignments as high-quality documents next semester for Physics, Math, Chemistry, and Engineering ...
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What .sty files do I need to successfully run pdflatex on .tex produced from nbconvert?

Allegedly, one can produce pdf files from ipython notebooks by first producing a .tex file from nbconvert (http://ipython.org/ipython-doc/stable/interactive/nbconvert.html#nbconvert) However, I run ...
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Shell script which parses .tex files for figures

I would like to pull all figures including captions out of multiple .tex files and write them into a single new .tex file. This means I have to parse for \begin{figure} . . . \end{figure} and ...
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What is a good workflow for importing and cropping EPS images?

I would like to be able to import an EPS file in to LaTeX while using some 3rd party image viewer/editor to quickly find crop coordinates. What are some good free tools for this? GIMP (the GNU Image ...
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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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A simpleton's guide to (…)TeX workflow with emacs

Progress Report Four months on, I thought it a good idea to "report back" here, and I wrote something. Then, I had better thoughts and turned it into a blog post. You can read it on the TeX.sx blog. ...
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LaTexing vs LaTexTools (Sublime text plugins)

I want to use sublime as my default IDE for TeX (currently I'm using Latex Studio). I've found two great packages: LaTexTools LaTexing Both has somehow the same list of features but LaTeXing ...
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How to avoid that a WIDE item push all the other columns?

I´m trying to finish my flowchart (with the inestimable help of Herbert and Bernard) How to avoid that a WIDE item (with no elements on its sides) push all the other columns?? I want the othe columns ...
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Making outlines / review packets for lecture?

so I'm wondering of a way to make review packets similar to a style like this. I can do something similar to that using regular LaTex, but for more nontechnical classes like psychology, I need a way ...
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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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How can I edit the same bibliography in Jabref on multiple machines?

Do I have to copy and share both the .bib and .bak file? Is this even possible?
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Best practive for managing the same bibliography files across several machines?

If you are/have using/used the same bibliography files across several machines (say a laptop and a desktop machine) of yours... How did you solve the problem of consistency? With a version control ...
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How can one manage his own bibliography? (using biber/biblatex)

I used to work with Citavi and recently tried out Jabref. Due to the nature of the best, i.e. I always had re-touch the .bib-file, I recently exported consolidated my sources I had stored in Citavi ...
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How do you organize the files for your latex documents?

When writing a large document with lots of figures, so far I took it that LaTeX-users mostly organize their project's content like this: /settings/00-settings-total.tex /settings/font-settings.text ...
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How can other programming languages and tools be used to create content for TeX documents?

When writing about programming languages or tools one often wants to include output from them in the document. Then it is useful if such output can be created as the document is compiled. For ...
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Adding user defined templates to Tex Works

I'm using TexWorks on Mac. I have a good template that I want to add to TexWorks so that I can use it simply by clicking File > New From Template. Does anyone know how to do this?
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What is good practice when preparing a book for printing?

I'm writing my thesis using Latex and nearing its completion I'm beginning to worry about the quality of the hardcopy. I'm curious about what should be taken into consideration when preparing a ...
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Deleting ps automatically

While using the pdf latex chain, how can one delete the *.ps file automatically right after the pdf has been created? *.ps files can be big (~100 MB). Hence, this question.
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Plotting experimental data using data files with 5 thousand lines?

I want to illustrate various experimental data in my thesis e.g.: X-ray powder diffraction data (thousand lines) FTIR data (5 thousand lines) TG-/DTA data (5 thousand lines) and I am wondering ...
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Help me create my out patient documentation template

\documentclass[a5paper]{article} \usepackage{eso-pic} \usepackage{fancyhdr} \usepackage[pdfauthor={VB},% pdftitle={Consultation},% pagebackref=true,% ]{hyperref} \usepackage[headsep=3cm,top=4cm, ...
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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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Recommended workflow for fixing several nasty frames in beamer?

I have a pretty long presentation: a course comprising a couple of hundreds frames. Occasionally, I go over the presentation, notice a few corrections in distinct frames. Fixing these requires a ...
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Exporting from Inkscape to LaTeX - via TikZ

I know only the very basics of TikZ, having only used it to produce a pretty flow chart for one of my documents. I recently learned that you can use Inkscape and export to TikZ. What are the ...
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How to build two different .tex files from same .tex file

When I prepare an exercise list for my students I use to also include there my own solutions. I prepare these documents with some macros based on mdframed and with comment help I easily obtain two ...
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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 ...
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More generic live preview editor? (can support pandoc and/or custom scripts) [closed]

I'm a fan of using things like pandoc, GPP and Rake to make my source files to look cleaner, be human readable, simplify my workflow and get some level of style/semantics separation (especially for ...
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How are atlases and other large books made in LaTeX? [closed]

I was wondering how large books such as atlases or encyclopedias were made in LaTeX? For example, how does one setup their document or design the layout for such a big book? Is it the same process ...
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work on documents on Linux and Windows (umlaut, newline)

We work on a latex document with three persons using emacs on linux, emacs on windows and texniccenter on windows. We encountered problems with umlauts and linebreaks. I would like to know: We ...
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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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Is this the correct way to format a book in LaTeX?

I have a question that may be subjective but I will try to make it as less subjective as possible. Is this the correct way to format a book in LaTeX? What I have done is the following: ...
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Emacs interacting with MS Windows: how to minimize windows [closed]

Title says it: Is there a way to hide MS windows windows from within Emacs? What I would like to do is create a function to: Hide all windows including Emacs Restore Emacs Restore SumatraPDF (which ...
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Mark parts requiring rework

Doing my first more complicated paper using LaTeX, I wonder if there are any possibilities to specially mark sections or parts requiring rework. It would be nice if those sections appeared in a ...
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Draft mode for pgfplots

I'm working on a fairly big document that has a lot of graphs of functions- so far it has around 200, by the end it will have around 1500. I use pgfplots for each graphic, and the functions are pretty ...
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Tips and tricks to tightly couple LaTeX paper and Beamer presentation

My typical approach is to write the paper in LaTeX, then (in a new file) to write the presentation in Beamer. I am now getting to the point in my education/career where the first version of a paper ...
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Personal notes when preparing a talk with LaTeX-beamer class

Suppose I prepare a talk using the beamer class. To each slides I want to take personal notes (what I exactly want to say, frequently asked questions etc.). So is there a smart way to write those ...
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Does anyone have suggestions on a workflow for correcting bugs in Mendeley's automatically generated citations? [closed]

Mendeley's automatic BiBTeX file generation is a godsend in terms of avoiding the mindless and potentially error-prone work of copying citation information from PDFs of research papers to to BiBTeX. ...
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As a devoted LaTeX user, how do I most effectively use software which is *not* TeX-based?

I realize that this question is heretical here and may even be off topic but I cannot think of another place to ask. I am an enthusiastic LaTeX user. I use it for even the briefest communications, ...
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Bibliography tooltips with XeLaTeX and automated workflow [closed]

I would like to make bibliographic entries appear in a popup tooltips (in a supporting PDF viewer) when you hover over the citation key. An approach to realise this was discussed here: Showing the ...
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Producing printable pdfs

I've finished writing my thesis, and it is now at our University print service. However, I got a call from the today, saying that they can't print my thesis, because of some errors (don't know which ...
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References for learning how to check for typesetting problems

The following thread discusses a number of tasks one must accomplish to finish up a document: What are the finishing touches you put to a document? Did the original author of TeX make such small ...
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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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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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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 ...