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My attraction to LaTeX grew slowly. I first saw LaTeX in use by some friends at the university back in 1995. It was not love on first sight. I was still living the WYSIWYG illusion, and suffering a lot writing a microwave engineering thesis with the wrong tool (MicroSoft Word). In 1998, I finally learned my first mark-up language: HTML.

Around 2002 I discovered MS Word does not guarantee any backward compatibility for old Word documents with formulas. It took me until 2003 to pick up a German Markt+Technik book to get me started with LaTeX. I never looked back. The excellent LaTeX packaging system induced me also to look into GNU/Linux which became my only operating system since 2007.

Nowadays, AD 2013, I use LaTeX for all my document production needs, including Beamer presentations, curriculum vitae, letters, journal articles,... I am an isodoc contributor and I am currently developing a new document class for Belgian medical prescriptions. I also enjoy embedding Python code into LaTeX using Pweave.


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comment What GUI applications are there to assist in generating graphics for TeX?
As mentioned above, ipe can be considered the successor to Xfig. Be sure to check out ipe's Wikipedia entry as it features amongst others a link to a primer as well as a nice screenshot absent on the official site.
Apr
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revised What GUI applications are there to assist in generating graphics for TeX?
Added more comprehensive example drawings with LaTeX-generated text.
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Apr
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comment What GUI applications are there to assist in generating graphics for TeX?
@sdaau pdftoipe converts an arbitrary PDF file to an XML file readable by ipe. The Ubuntu 12.04 LTS repository also offers svgtoipe and figtoipe.
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revised What GUI applications are there to assist in generating graphics for TeX?
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revised Finding a more efficient editor for collaboration of LaTeX people and Word people
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Feb
26
answered Adding page breaks to pandoc latex template when converting markdown
Feb
26
comment What are the drawbacks of XeTeX/XeLaTeX vs standard LaTeX?
Are you familiar yet with the LaTeX Font Catalogue? It might be that you won't need XeLaTeX at all.
Feb
26
answered Typesetting limitations of LaTeX
Feb
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comment Is LaTeX intended for unattended typesetting?
Quoting Frank Mittelbach: "TeX generates pages based on precompiled paragraph data. This issue describes the fundamental problem in TeX’s approach: the program builds optimized paragraph shapes without any knowledge about their final placement on a page. The result is a “galley” from which columns are cut to a specified vertical size. A consequence of this is that one can’t have the shape of a paragraph depend on its final position on the page when using TEX’s page builder algorithm."
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answered Automated Newspaper Layout (with TeX and abroad)
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