The standalone bundle allows users to easily place picture environments or other material in own source files and compile these on their own or as part of a main document

stan­dalone – Com­pile TeX pic­tures stand-alone or as part of a doc­u­ment

A class and pack­age is pro­vided which al­lows TeX pic­tures or other TeX code to be com­piled stan­dalone or as part of a main doc­u­ment. Spe­cial sup­port for pic­tures with beamer over­lays is also pro­vided. The pack­age is used in the main doc­u­ment and skips ex­tra pream­bles in sub-files. The class may be used to sim­plify the pream­ble in sub-files. The be­haviour in stan­dalone mode may ad­justed us­ing a con­fig­u­ra­tion file standalone.cfg to re­de­fine the stan­dalone en­vi­ron­ment.

CTAN: http://www.ctan.org/pkg/standalone
TexDoc: http://www.texdoc.net/pkg/standalone

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