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It depended on the available hardware. My first tries with TeX were on a VT-100 terminal and the only "previewer" was dvi2tty. Just for fun, here's what could be shown on the terminal with it \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lipsum} \begin{document} \lipsum*[1] $\sum_{k=0}^{n} k^2 = \frac{1}{6}n(n+1)(2n+1)$ \lipsum[2] \end{document} Actually the ...

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I started using TeX in 1987 on SunBSD (later sunos later solaris) using the dviview previewer from the vortex project. That is still one of the best viewers around, you could select individual characters ask what font they were in, and the rendering was as good as the (monochrome) screen could handle. This wasn't the setup I had but from a vortex project ...

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Yes. Use \usepackage[ocgcolorlinks]{hyperref} This option must be given when loading hyperref. You cannot give it in \hypersetup. With this option hypreref will make the colorlinks as Optional Contents Groups (OCG) with /PrintState/OFF and /ViewState/ON. Your pdf reader needs to support OCG. Also, the default behaviour of hyperref is to draw a coloured ...

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Vector Imagery If you can, save diagrams as a vector-based format such as PDF or EPS- these formats can be readily included in LaTeX documents and scale without appearing pixelized. Note that PDF should be used for input to pdflatex and EPS should be used with plain latex. Inkscape is an excellent, free, cross-platform program for creating and editing ...

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OK. I was officially the first TeX user in Imperial College, London, using it to write my PhD thesis. Malcolm Clark was the one person in Computer Centre who supported TeX. I bought Knuth's "TeX and Metafont" in 1983, and used a buggy implementation on the College mainframe. There was no preview, and there were no laser printers. I wrote the files at home ...

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I have switched to PGF/TikZ for all vector drawing. The level of control and the beauty of the results provided by this package is worth learning the syntax.

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Kirk, suppose you have a tex document named mydoc.tex (this contains your book, whith twoside in the class), then create a second document named mydoc2up.tex like this: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{pdfpages} \begin{document} \includepdf[pages=-,booklet,turn=false,landscape]{mydoc.pdf} \end{document} compile this and enjoy!

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Look, ma! No loops! :) Borrowed from the TeXbook, exercise 21.8 (p. 225). \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage[a4paper,margin=2mm]{geometry} \usepackage{graphicx} \sbox0{% \includegraphics{image}% \kern2mm \vrule width 0pt depth 2mm} \setlength{\parindent}{0pt} \begin{document} \null \cleaders\hbox to\textwidth{\leaders\copy0\hfill}\vfill ...

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Based on the neccessary patches to make spotcolor, xcolor and tikz work together, I wrote a small package xspotcolor which combines and stitches spotcolor and xspotcolor together. At the moment it is sitting on the TEX-SX repository waiting to be tested, but hopefully it can go to CTAN soon. See this test file: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} ...

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Update As Martin Schröder pointed out, the ocg-p package now supports print-only content out of the box: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{ocg-p} \begin{document} This text is always visible. \begin{ocg}[printocg=always]{Hard copy}{printonly}{0} This can only be seen if the document is printed. \end{ocg} This text is visible in both the soft and the ...

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Screen? Previews? They didn't exist at the beginning. edit: it has been asked how knuth viewed his "first page". it was definitely not on screen. it was most likely printed out on the xerox xgp which was installed at the stanford ai (artificial intelligence) lab (sail). in the book "companion to the papers of donald knuth", don says (pp.58-59) that he'd ...

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At a beginning I was using TeX on PC XT without HDD and with the Hercules graphics. The difference between on-screen visualization (not more than 70 dpi, inversion of colours) and the print on the printer giving near 240 dpi was very visible. Alas, the printing time was not in pages per minute but rather in minutes per page. An extreme case: about 30 ...

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The tdclock package offers an easy way to insert the current date and time into a PDF document: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tdclock} \begin{document} \initclock Date: \tddate \end{document} Mind the \initclock at the beginning of the document, then you'll be able to display the current time and date with the macros \tdclock, \tddate, \tdtime, ... ...

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I bought an Atari ST in 1985 which had a 640x400 monochrome screen. Based on the purchase date of Lamport's LaTeX book I started using TeX on it that year. The onscreen preview was OK, but needed scrolling and zooming for checking things in detail because of the Atari ST screen resolution. That however was way better than printing things out on my 9-pin ...

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If you're working with diagrams, I would recommend you to make them using vector graphics instead of raster graphics. This will allow you to upscale them infinitely. Inkscape (free) and Illustrator (paid) can make vector graphics. For graphs, I like to use graphviz (free).

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Perhaps the savetrees package can help with the manage costs portion of the question. Quoting directly from the README: The goal of the savetrees package is to pack as much text as possible onto each page of a LaTeX document. Admittedly, this makes the document far less attractive. Nevertheless, savetrees is a simple way to save paper when ...

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I second the use of pgfpages instead of psnup. To make the slides more clearly delimited, I use a variation of the 4 on 1 style that puts a border around each frame. Here's a minimal working example: \documentclass[handout]{beamer} \mode<handout> { \usepackage{pgf} \usepackage{pgfpages} \pgfpagesdeclarelayout{4 on 1 boxed} { ...

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First of all, note that if you don't want to use xcolor but are content with the original color package, then you can switch to spot colors just like normal colors, using the spotcolor color model. Try this modified example: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage{spotcolor} \usepackage{color} \NewSpotColorSpace{PANTONE} \AddSpotColor{PANTONE} ...

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Standard LaTeX documents without a color package should be black and white, not somehow grayscale. Check it with different viewers. How can the pdf text be made of more clear print? If this means, that the text looks fuzzy, ensure that bitmap fonts aren't used. For instance, LaTeX might switch to bitmap fonts, if you use T1 encoding but your font ...

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This answer is to the question of how to dirty up an existing font, rather than using a pre-aged font. First, you need to get a few good inkblots such as and Then, you need code that underlays these blots below the text, while varying which blot to underlay, how large to draw the blot, and where relative to the letter to spill the ink. The coding is ...

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Well, I finally got a chance to look over my font library for fonts that might fit your description as "defective" and "old". This may not be exactly what you are looking for, because these are particular fonts, rather than defects in a font which you, the user, specify. Nonetheless, here they are. The best example of general use has got to be Dominican, ...

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I used a GP 29 terminal that would preview TeX. That was in 1987. (from New Products, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, November 1984)

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Here's another way to save your toner ink in a very general/broad way. Using the eso-pic package you can place any code at page shipout either on top of (in the foreground) or behind (in the background) of the page. By placing a transparent white rectangle in the foreground, the text can be faded to a desired, but still legible, opacity. This is achieved by ...

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Transparency effects are a relatively new feature for PDF (≥ 1.4) and many printers do not yet support it "out of the box" (basically, this requires a PostScript Level 3 RIP with additional PDF 1.4 extensions). So the printing system (printer driver) has to "flatten" transparency effects by rasterizing objects into ordinary CMYK objects before sending them ...

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I use the following preamble, making use of the package handoutWithNotes: % \documentclass{beamer} % \usepackage{beamerthemeclassic} % \documentclass[handout]{beamer} % \mode<presentation> % { % \usetheme{classic} % } % Leaving the lines above commented and uncommenting the following % produces slides four to a page, with or without space for ...

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You could use pdfpages or pdfjam and its pdfnup tool.

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Disclaimer: I know next to nothing about colour management, but find the subject interesting. I'm confused by some of the stuff below. Maybe someone with more knowledge can shed some light... By googling, I found two advices on this issue. Update: Based on michal-h21s suggestion that pdftex supports adding a color profile to an embedded image, I could work ...

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There is a (not well documented) key in hyperref.sty, called pdfduplex. It can take one of three values according to ISO PDF specificaiton, section 12.1: Simplex, DuplexFlipShortEdge and DuplexFlipLongEdge. Try this: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lipsum} \usepackage{hyperref} \hypersetup{pdfduplex=DuplexFlipLongEdge} \begin{document} \lipsum ...

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Computer Modern is a modern font, which means that the widths of different kinds of strokes in glyphs differ greatly. The horizontal stroke of e is very thin compared to others and as such may pose a challenge if the printing quality is not sufficient. I've seen the effect you describe (along with parts of c and o disappearing) when printed on an inkjet ...

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I'm not sure this works for windows, but on my linux-pc there is a programm called pdfbook, which does exactly, what you need. The manpage says: "pdfbook is part of the "PDFjam" package of tools, whose homepage is at http://www.warwick.ac.uk/go/pdfjam." Some years ago I used it and it worked well.

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