Questions tagged [tools]

{tools} is about the complementary tools needed to produce particular jobs. Note that it may not refer to any particular tool in a standard TeX bundle.

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LaTeX packages for use with revision control

I use revision control (Subversion, to be exact) to keep track of the edits to my LaTeX documents. Is there a LaTeX package that interfaces with revision control? Specifically, it would be nice to see ...
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Are there tools for importing from CSV to BibTeX?

I'm seeking a way to get my books database, stored on Goodreads, into BibTeX form. As near as I can tell, Goodreads provides no support for this directly, but does provide for CSV export (on the right)...
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Integrating Grammarly with online LaTeX editors such as overleaf?

Grammarly does not work with LaTex, but I believe it still can be helpful: I like to use Grammarly Chrome extension with an online Latex editor. I tried sharelatex, overleaf , authorea and verbosus ...
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Coding non-trivial algorithms within TeX

This is kind of a hard question to formulate correctly, so forgive me if I have to clarify this question later. I want to draw a lot of somewhat complex TikZ diagrams, which to be done effectively ...
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How to force latexrun to parallel build?

I have a series of independent documents belonging to the same thing, each having its own main tex file. I wrote a small Makefile to wrap latexrun. latexrun is fantastic, but if I try to build all the ...
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Spell checking LaTeX documents

What's the best strategy for spell checking LaTeX documents?
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Tool for generating a website's BibTex using the URL?

Is there an existing tool for generating BibTeX of a website using its URL? What I'm thinking is something like a web tool or a Python script that does this.
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How to make Latexmk use makeglossaries?

Is there a way to make Latexmk invoke makeglossaries (part of the glossaries package)? Specifically I want to use latexmk to compile a LaTeX document that uses the glossaries package to produce a ...
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Find and match corresponding arXiv preprints and journal articles

Many works are published on a preprint server such as the arXiv before publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Since the arXiv can be updated during the peer-review process, it is common to find ...
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Tool to automatically convert handle into bib entry

There are on-line tools e.g., to convert isbn into a bib entry, or from doi to bib entry. I could not find any tool (on-line or off-line) to convert automatically links into bib....
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Spell checking LaTeX documents in Windows

I'm looking for a spell checking software for LaTex in Windows. I know that such questions have been asked before but more than a decade has passed. Hopefully, there are better solutions out now. ...
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How to best debug LaTeX?

..and I don't mean finding out why it doesn't compile, I mean serious debugging: breakpoints, figuring out value of variables at a given moment during run/compile, stepping, examining a stack (is ...
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Is there such a thing as a LaTeX code formatter

I was looking for this a while back for JavaScript, but I was wondering a general purpose one exists for all, or most languages. For example for LaTeX I would put the following in a text box $f_i^k+...
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Utility to Strip Comments from LaTeX Source

I've a LaTeX source. I'm ready %for submission %But first I would like to strip its comments. So I hope there are 100\% auto ways to get this done. \begin{comment} Because there are subtle ways ...
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Live tex compilation

Tools like firebug allow a developer to immediately view the results of changes they make to the HTML of a webpage. Has anyone taken a similar strategy with LaTeX, so that an entire compile cycle is ...
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Comprehensive list of tools that simplify the generation of LaTeX tables

Manually hacking tables in LaTeX is one of the less funny things when preparing a document. Naturally, there are quite a few tools that promise to simplify this. In fact, I have somewhat lost track of ...
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Tikz learning: easy tools to help

Is there any app/site that can help/teach about Tikz? I am using Mathpix for mathematical formulas, I would like to have something similar.
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How to insert LaTeX formulas in LibreOffice?

I am using Libreoffice normally, but I need have Gauss Matrix ( in Libreoffice . I found that Latex can do that. I installed Lyx on Ubuntu. How can I ...
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What GUI applications are there to assist in generating graphics for TeX?

I found GeoGebra to be a useful tool to help generate code for graphs. I suppose there must be other tools to help draw diagrams such as Sets/Venn Diagrams or Electrical Circuits (Logic Gates). Which ...
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LaTeX code in legend table in Qti-Plot

I want to use LaTeX code in the legend table of a plot in the qti-plot software. Does anyone know how one could e.g. write $4\cdot 10^{-5}$?
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What is Texlive?

I’ve looked on the internet for multiple hours, but I can’t get my head around it. How to install new packages in the Texlive distribution?  I figured out that there was a package manager for this &...
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A long text done with mdframed overlapped on the gray rectangle done with Mathcha

I have this code, \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{xcolor} \usepackage{lipsum} \usepackage[framemethod=Tikz]{mdframed} \begin{document} \tikzset{every picture/.style=...
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Compiling documents online

I have heard rumors that you can compile documents online, and more specifically that Google has a free online compiler, but I have never been able to find any. Is there a way to compile documents ...
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Using Excel2LaTeX in Excel 2010

I just installed Excel2LaTeX in Excel 2010. I do see it in add-ins. However, I cannot find a way to operate it. That is, there is no change in the ribbon area after the package was installed. How ...
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How to use a command-line tool to extract a bibtex reference that contains a search term?

I'd like to be able to use a tool like grep to extract an entire bibtex reference rather than just the matching line. For example, grep Smith mydatabase.bib would return lines that contain the word ...
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Good tools for LaTeX maintenance tasks?

I have a big bunch of old to new LaTeX documents written by several independent people. I have to bring them up to date, modern and consistent, standardized LaTeX code. In these documents there are a ...
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Adding a button in Toolbar in Winedt 10

I am using Winedt 10 and in its Toolbar some icon is missed. For example, I would like to use "Insert Environment" directly in "Toolbar" by only clicking on its icon as it was in "Winedt 9", and I do ...
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Slow math typing

I have been using LaTeX for quite some time, but I find the math writing to be a bit frustrating. It seems to take me a relatively long time to code-write long math expressions, and sometimes it's ...
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What tools are there to make LaTeX more viable at work

I do data mining in R, Python and various object oriented languages. I like using LaTeX to present my results; either to myself (i.e. use them for result interpretation/analysis) or to send to ...
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How can I use LaTeX from Python.

I need to generate documents from a web application and would like to do this using the Python language and LaTeX, are there any tools that will help me? Edit This Application will be hosted on Linux,...
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Automatic LaTeX code formatting (similar to clang-format)

There are tools such as clang-format that take e.g. an "ugly" (unformatted) C++ source code file and apply specific indentation and other rules to make the code more readable. Is there such ...
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Commutative diagram generating app

There are various types of commutative diagrams in mathematics, but several of them are the most common place. For example, a square (with 4 objects), a right triangle (with 3 objects), two adjacent ...
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Tools for automating document compilation

A lot of people write makefiles that say something like paper.pdf: paper.tex pdflatex paper bibtex paper pdflatex paper pdflatex paper To handle re-running TeX to get ...
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A program for quick and easy typesetting of formulas in latex

Is there an additional toolbox for a simpler set of formulas in latex? After all, it is difficult and not visual to type this using symbols. Also interested in the same for creating tables. It ...
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Best Windows tool for managing .bib files to be later processed by biblatex?

I think this topic is not specifically covered by any of the existing questions about biblatex. Sorry if I am wrong. I am planning to use biblatex to include and manage references in my LaTeX ...
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Merging multiple tex files into one standalone tex file [duplicate]

Suppose I have two tex files, document.tex and content.tex document.tex: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} This is some content. \input{content.tex} \end{document} content.tex: This is ...
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Tool from unicode to LaTeX or to generate a LaTeX code that trasform a unicode symbol to LaTeX

I am currently looking for a tool that converts unicode code to TeX/LaTeX language. Actually I have not found nothing. There are many tools on the web that trasform the symbol from LaTeX to UNICODE ...
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How to build my LaTeX automatically using Travis CI?

How to do I build my LaTeX files with TeX Live using the continuous integration server Travis CI to which I push with git, especially considered that I do not want to download everything of TeX Live ...
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Given this TEX file of a book with typos, how might I produce a corrected version. What tools and supporting packages are necessary or useful?

I am not very experienced with the details of processing TEX. I just use it for mathjax, and a few short missives, from time to time. The book is Space—Time—Matter, by Hermann Weyl, found here in ...
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When and why should I use % !TEX TS-program and % !TEX encoding?

Occasionally, I see other people's documents starting with two lines like that: % !TEX TS-program = xelatex % !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode It's clear to me that the first line declares the engine ...
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What parsers for (La)TeX mathematics exist outside of the TeX engines?

Inspired by the author's motivation for asking Is there a BNF grammar of tex language. Are there any well done libraries that can parse some subset of TeX mathematics independently of the TeX engine? ...
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Stable alternative for

I'm looking for an alternative for which is stable. Is there any?
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How to make accessible pdfs with ConTeXt/LuaTeX and open-source tools

I recently watched this talk about PDF accessibility in LaTeX, and I was wondering how well it was supported by ConTeXt/LuaTeX. From what I've gathered, LuaTeX makes it easier by using UTF8 and TTF ...
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Embeddable in browser LaTeX editor/compiler plugin?

I am currently in the writing of an online LaTeX tutorial and I was wondering if it was possible to have something similar to but for compiling and editing on the fly simple LaTeX ...
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Is there a program equivalent to lint for LaTeX?

Is there a program equivalent to lint for LaTeX? (lint checks C code for syntax errors and possible mistakes.)
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Is is possible to convert an image to a tex formula? (Free vs paid) [duplicate]

Is it possible to convert an image to a tex formula? I would like to know free and paid solutions (which of them free and which of them paid). Thank you!
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MathJaX, Javascript, software LaTeX to create a .tex file similar of a video online?

I formulate this question because I am very curiosity how this video in Italian language has been realized with LaTeX or I think MathJaX with drop-down menus and graphics. Some users can kindly give ...
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Teaching with LaTeX during a Pandemic: corrections on a file pdf [closed]

I should correct my students' handwritten exercises that them send me with a .pdf file for distance learning due to the closure of schools in Italy and I don't know for how much longer. I'm using or ...
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Converting C-like math expressions to LaTeX

Is there any (open source) solution for converting math expressions from a C-like expression syntax to LaTeX? When I say "solution", I mean either from outside LaTeX (i.e: an external program that ...
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Compiling (La)TeX files automatically with GitLab CI

Inspired by this question about compiling LaTeX files with Travis CI: How can GitLab's integrated CI feature be used to build (La)TeX documents?

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