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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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Evince and Okular will auto-reload when the file being viewed changes. So does another option: Zathura. That said, my recommendation would still be MuPDF instead, though it'll take some more work to set up. The reason is that MuPDF in general is a much faster program, and will reload faster. It doesn't auto reload like these do, but this can be solved with ...


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Okay jumping on the old horse! ;-) Meanwhile Acrobat Reader X offers some simple possibilities for PDF annotations. If you want to do more you can use the pdfcomment package, e.g. for your examples: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage[rgb]{xcolor} \usepackage[author={Max ...


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So pdfpc on git (which is forked and improved version of the pdf-presenter-console) is the closest thing I found. Features Except for reading out notes in Beamer-Presentations It has all the features I looked for. Regular slides on the projector, view of the next slide and the current one on the laptop. It pre-caches the slides for fast switch and can ...


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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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This can be done with the hyperref package. It gives you the settings pdfstartpage and pdfstartview which can be used as package option or with \hypersetup{...} in the preamble. pdfstartpage awaits the page number and pdfstartview one of the following values: XYZ left top zoom Sets a coordinate and a zoom factor. If any ...


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The following code (for use with pdfLaTeX) defines the command \zoombox[box line width]{contents}. It creates a click-to-zoom box for fitting the second argument 'contents' into the AdobeReader window. A dotted line is drawn around the box if the optional 'box line width' is >0. EDIT: The code has been optimized for presentation PDFs (such as beamer ...


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Try inserting: \pdfpageattr{/Group <</S /Transparency /I true /CS /DeviceRGB>>} into your preamble. I had a problem with some colours being way too bright in acrobat reader (but not in other pdf viewers) when using opacity < 1 and this fixed it for me.


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Skim provides this feature. It also provides pdfsync synchronization, so I would consider it as the favorite PDF viewer for LaTeX! One nuisance about Skim is that on the first change it asks you if you really want to reload the document. There is, however, a hidden preference to disable this behavior: defaults write -app Skim SKAutoReloadFileUpdate ...


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You do not use the Type 1 versions of Computer Modern on your Windows TeX installation. Install the cm-super fonts or better the Latin Modern fonts and use: \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{lmodern}


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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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Using a method similar to that proposed in How to make listings code correct copyable from PDF and with hyperlink, the following works (at least in Adobe Reader). The accsupp package provides accessibility support for PDFs. By using the \BeginAccSupp and \EndAccSupp group, the line numbers can be typeset in the PDF, but actually replaced by an empty space ...


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Follow all the steps mentioned in the TeXnicCenter + Sumatra Tutorial, but keep in mind these few things: In the (La)TeX tab / (La)TeX compiler section / Command line arguments to pass to the compiler bar, you should write: -synctex=-1 -interaction=nonstopmode "%Wm" In the Viewer tab / Executable path section, what should be written is: "C:\Program ...


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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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A package such as zref-totpages that counts the absolute number of pages helps. The critical part is the timing: \documentclass{book} \usepackage{zref-totpages} \AtBeginDocument{% \ifnum\ztotpages>0 % \hypersetup{pdfstartpage=\ztotpages}% \fi } \usepackage{hyperref} \begin{document} \tableofcontents \chapter{Hello World} \chapter{Last Chapter} ...


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Actually this has nothing to do with TeX … There’s no default, so one needs to check the viewer’s menus and shortcuts, because each application can use its own method. However, on MS Windows the keys are the same for Adobe Reader, SumatraPDF and PDF XChange Viewer (and probably some others which I can’t test now): Alt plus left cursor key for “Go back to ...


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Yes there is :) Simply add this to your preamble In LaTeX \hypersetup{pdfpagemode=FullScreen} In ConTeXt \setupinteractionscreen[option=max]


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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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Yes, the hyperref package can do this for you. \usepackage{hyperref} \hypersetup{pdfpagemode=FullScreen}


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That really is some annoying behavior! I started writing "Oh, just put \pdfbookmark into the title" until I read the rest of your question. I dug into hyperref.sty and, eventually, hyperref.pdf (the version with the documented source) and found out that the whole thing is driven by \Hy@writebookmark in some way. Note: I don't know what \Hy@writebookmark ...


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If it hasn't changed since TeXLive 2009, you can set viewer_pdf=evince in the configuration file. To find out which file to put that in, run texdoc -f and you will see some output like this: texdoc 0.61 Configuration files are: absent /home/username/texmf/texdoc/texdoc-bin.cnf (*) absent /home/username/texmf/texdoc/texdoc.cnf absent ...


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The most commonly used are Evince and Okular (whether you are respectively using GNOME/XFCE or KDE).


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I don't think that making one's PDF worse just because a bad previewer isn't able to render it is the right answer. If a previewer is bad, I simply don't use it. However, it's not difficult to prepare a personal map file that doesn't use the CM-Super fonts. Copy pdftex.map in a working directory, renaming it to, say, pdftex-nosuper.map; you find the ...


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Unlike bookmarks or thumbnails, there is AFAIK no setting in the PDF catalog for comment tools. But JavaScript seems to allow this, see JavaScript for Acrobat API Reference. The following example adds a JavaScript action, when the document is opened. The example is written for pdflatex/lualatex and assumes hyperref is loaded (but the latter is not needed). ...


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Free as in beer, but not as in speech, PDF XChange Viewer has a fairly comprehensive set of measurement tools that I find quite useful. It is, however, Windoze-only, I think. Here's a sample:


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Sumatra, an open source viewer for Windows. It is very lightweight and fast, supports reload-on-file-change and synctex (for forward and backward searching). It intentionally doesn't have a lot of features, but it works very well.


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The problem is that you're using rand which generates random numbers between -1 and 1, instead of rnd, which generates random numbers between 0 and 1. This leads to some of the lines having a negative width, which throws Acrobat off. Replacing the rand with rnd fixes the problem: \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{fadings} ...


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It is not a rendering problem. It is a problem caused by \psplot, which evaluates the given equation at regular intervals, and then connects with straight lines the resulting points. You can control how many points are evaluated (and thus the distance among them) using the key plotpoints. If you reduce the number, the effect is dramatically visible: ...



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