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PhD student in Jönköping University, department of Mechanical Engineering. My research area is something in between of reliability, structural optimization and response surface modelling. People in my research group use LaTeX daily for all their scientific writings and reports. I wouldn't say we're anywhere near LaTeX gurus, but we're trying to improve our skills continuously.

My main interests are Python programming, algorithms, numerical optimization, and cooking.

I became acquainted with LaTeX a few years ago writing my Master thesis, and never looked back .


Aug
21
comment Most significant reasons that led us to (La)TeX
Well, it was mostly programming-oriented, and most of the algorithms were quite well-known, although I used them with modifications and in different context. And you can't really make a reference for a GUI :)
Aug
21
comment How to define a command that takes more than 9 arguments
That's correct. Until you clarified what you need so much parameters for, I assumed it's for a macro, and you'd use the keyval interface. But of course in that case it's better with plain TeX.
Aug
20
comment LaTeX-related events
Additionally, perhaps voting for this question could work a bit different --- if someone plans to attend a certain event, upvote it. How does that sound?
Aug
20
comment How to include SVG diagrams in LaTeX?
This is the same what Bran has written in the first comment.
Aug
20
comment How to include SVG diagrams in LaTeX?
TBH, I've never used TikZ so far, but I guess it's time to give it a try for the next paper. I make all kinds of diagrams, mostly engineering-oriented (e.g. free-body diagrams, component loads and such), but sometimes more generic boxes-and-arrows stuff.
Aug
20
comment How to include SVG diagrams in LaTeX?
That's useful --- if only the Inkscape version required was released. Still, it mostly goes around the problem and there's an intermediate format, but at least pdflatex is supposed to detect changes in the SVG -- which is mostly what I need.
Aug
20
comment Which figure type to use: pdf or eps?
Also, reviewing .eps files could be a bit tricky, especially if you're not the one who have created them (depending on OS and software). While with PDFs you can easily see what's inside.
Aug
20
comment Confusing code auto-completion in TeXnicCenter yields double \begin
Didn't know that. Thanks for the addition.
Aug
19
comment Output viewers for use with LaTeX
Some editors (TexnicCenter, AFAIR) support closing and reopening the file even if the PDF reader itself does not allow simply refreshing it.
Aug
19
comment Output viewers for use with LaTeX
Would you mind improving your answer to include features that you think are useful in Sumatra, so that other people (me included) could vote it up?
Aug
19
comment LaTeX Editors/IDEs
+1 for TeXWorks --- still needs a few features that I can't live without, but I'm checking the progress regularly and I hope this could turn into the "standard" LaTeX editor.
Aug
19
comment LaTeX Editors/IDEs
Finally, someone mentioned it. I've tried almost all IDEs mentioned thus far, and only WinShell managed to stick, and is now my editor of choice. There are a few handy options that I miss, though (namely, including a fancy symbol from a menu if you've forgotten the name -- the way TexnicCenter does).
Aug
19
comment LaTeX Editors/IDEs
Kile is the editor when you're on Linux, and find that vim/emacs is too much effort to learn.
Aug
19
comment Why should I use LaTeX?
Good point, although having no format in the beginning can be a bit tricky for non-text elements (e.g. figures), and you'd need some extra effort to make those scale transparently and be readable at the same time.