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May
11
comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
Indeed, with a postaction it's possible to collapse this quite a lot while keeping the idea of the solution. If you put postaction={draw,color=white,line width=1.5ex,shorten >=.25ex,shorten <=.5ex} on the first path (and remove the second) then you get pretty much the same result and it's much more flexible (though one has to experiment a little to get the right shortenings).
May
11
comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
Actually, this is a very nice solution. As Matthew says, this is effectively what the double option does. It will only work for certain shapes - where contracting the shape to the centre leaves the right borderline (star-like shapes) but that's most of them! The only refinement I would make would be to use the shorten > and shorten < keys to shorten the lines rather than changing the coordinates explicitly. With only a little work, one could set up a "key" to set all the parameters correctly.
May
11
comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
@Matthew: That's a feature of the doubled line. If you draw a doubled line using the double feature then sometimes you can see a shadow at the end. What really ought to happen is that the "blanking out" line extends ever so slightly beyond the underlying line to ensure that that doesn't happen (though I can forsee issues with that as well).
May
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comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
@Christoph: It is possible to get the "outline of a drawn line" but to do that you have to get at the path between when it is defined and when it is used. The arrows are used straight after they are defined so it isn't possible to interrupt this without some sort of hackery, in which case it is simpler just to define a new arrowhead. (One way to draw the outline would be to use my calligraphy method, but that wouldn't work with the arrows for this very reason.)
May
11
asked Is there a picture showing all the lengths used in lists?
May
11
comment How do you get TeXShop to automatically insert line breaks?
Looking at the manual, you would use the -s flag to ensure that it only split lines. Also you should run it first with the options -p % to break comment lines and preserve the comment character (if you don't have long comment lines, this is unnecessary). Even so, I would re-tex the document after formatting it to ensure that it hasn't changed (doing a diff on the postscript is an easy way to check this - see the documentation on my fmtlatex program for comments on that). I'm still at a loss as to why you would want this, surely it makes a complete mess of the versioning!
May
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answered How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
May
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comment Successive display of animations in a beamer/tikz environment
@Alexander: don't be sorry! I just wanted to be clear that I can't test this - and I have no intention of installing extra software just to test something that I have no expectation of using myself in the near future. (It looks like a fantastic project, but I wouldn't switch PDF viewers to use it. If jarnal or xournal ever supports it, I may think again.)
May
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comment How do you get TeXShop to automatically insert line breaks?
@Chris: Did you notice my comment about the fmt program? That inserts the line breaks for you (but I don't know how safe it is with regard to TeX - it might break some stuff in the preamble by inserting line breaks when there shouldn't be any).
May
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to obtain clear printed graphics with PCTeX v6
May
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to obtain clear printed graphics with PCTeX v6
May
10
comment Successive display of animations in a beamer/tikz environment
I'm afraid you've reached the limit of my ability to answer. As I don't have access to an animation-able PDF viewer, I can't test the interaction between beamers overlays and the animate package's specifications. Figuring out how to make the arrows extend was the limit of my ability. If my answer is close, I recommend that you take the code from that answer, put it in your question, and explain what doesn't work with it. I think that if you use the smaller example then you are much more likely to get an answer.
May
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comment Which auxiliary LaTeX files should be ignored by Version Control Software?
Useful to know about exclusions, and good point about the PDFs.
May
10
awarded  Nice Answer
May
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answered Successive display of animations in a beamer/tikz environment
May
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comment Successive display of animations in a beamer/tikz environment
I just tried copying it and compiling it and I have no idea what I'm supposed to be seeing! I got one frame with a (complicated!) diagram and then 9 frames with just the words 'lo.png' on them (presumably from the headline template). When I commented out the headline template, I only got one frame. I strongly recommend that you trim out all the unnecessary stuff and look for a minimal case of what you are trying to do.
May
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answered Which auxiliary LaTeX files should be ignored by Version Control Software?
May
10
comment Shiny button-like node style with TikZ
I've just tried to clean up the "Web buttons with WYSIWYM" question to make it clearer what's being asked there. If I were looking for this then I wouldn't have known that that question had the answer!
May
10
comment Is there a way to draw 3D-style “buttons”?
I've edited the question to make it clearer what was asked (since this question recently came up again). That makes it easier for people searching for something similar to find it. Feel free to re-edit it if you don't like what I did.
May
10
revised Is there a way to draw 3D-style “buttons”?
rephrased question and title to make it clearer what is wanted.; added 45 characters in body