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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...