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I can speak of a real experience with .doc to .tex conversion. The simple rule I have observed is: 5-10 minutes a page, if things go fluently. What exactly is fluently (and how much more do the non-fluent things take): no complicated math, i.e. no large matrices, no equations to be broken to multiple lines etc. (add 5-20 minutes per one complicated ...


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Computer modern is the default font for TeX because it was created at (more or less) the same time as TeX by the same author, specifically for that purpose. For some time it was essentially the only font set practically usable with the TeX system. The defaults in LaTeX or plain TeX never change as you should be able to process a document from last century ...


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Just to add another useful package that does it: \usepackage[showframe]{geometry} (as many people load geometry anyways, it is a nice gadget)


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Another package is xcookybooky. Here some information given by the author in the documentation: When I was looking for template for recipes, I found the cookybooky package … It looks very good, but I was unable to compile it correctly (e.g. I haven’t got the Lucida fonts). Also there are some packages which have to be downloaded by hand, because there ...


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Kirk, suppose you have a tex document named mydoc.tex (this contains your book, whith twoside in the class), then create a second document named mydoc2up.tex like this: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{pdfpages} \begin{document} \includepdf[pages=-,booklet,turn=false,landscape]{mydoc.pdf} \end{document} compile this and enjoy!


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Use \layout form the layout package. This produces: and prints the layout details on the bottom: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{layout} \begin{document}\layout \end{document}


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You can use the packages titlesec for the titles of the sectional units, and titletoc for the entries in the ToC; a little example producing the layout for chapters and sections, and the redefinition of the label for itemize to use a square (feel free to adjust the settings according to your needs): \documentclass{book} \usepackage{xcolor} \usepackage[...


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The major bona fide web forum is LaTeX Community which is run by one of our moderators here, Stefan Kottwitz. There is also the texhax mailing list. And the newsgroup comp.text.tex.


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Children's books are as unique as the children that read them. They are very individualistic and would be very difficult to fit them in a class. Each book deserves its own. Here is a draft for one (very rough, but just to illustrate that it is not that hard to develop a special template), and here is the code to play with: \documentclass[11pt]{book} \...


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If you just want the boundaries overlaid on the actual pages, independently of other packages, \usepackage{showframe}


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Edit: I've put the package on Github and released it on CTAN. I also added new package option asterism and a new command \asterism, which will print the asterism symbol. You can try the following package, sectionbreak.sty: \ProvidesPackage{sectionbreak} \usepackage{kvoptions} \DeclareStringOption[2em]{preskip} \DeclareStringOption[2em]{postskip} \...


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Book covers, and title pages, should be individually designed --- the \maketitle macro is not of much help. On CTAN there is a document of mine showing a range of title page designs that could be adapted for book covers: Some Examples of Title Pages. If you have TeX Live then texdoc titlepages should bring it up as well. Here is, hopefully, an example ...


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Markus Kohm, the author of KOMA-Script, provides a project and a package named titlepage. Unfortunatly the project itself and the download page is only available in German. Nevertheless you may see the different types of already supported title page styles at http://www.komascript.de/node/1219. BTW: The red parts of the example pages are the variant parts. ...


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We will help you to realise the design. I've got zero experience with equations, but I bet somebody will help you, if you just show a design and ask. KOMA-script comes with a long manual, in English and German. I took me five minutes to develop the first solution (Linux Libertine has to be replaced by the fonts you like) and quite some time and a little ...


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Aaron Turon created a beautiful thesis. His colophon: This document was typeset using LATEX, with a mixture of classicthesis developed by André Miede and tufte-latex, which is based on Edward Tufte’s Beautiful Evidence. The bibliography was processed by Biblatex. Robert Slimbach’s Minion Pro acts as both the text and display type-face. Sans-...


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Here's a possible option using the background package to place the border, the tabs and the page number: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[a5paper,vmargin=2cm]{geometry} \usepackage{background} \usepackage{etoolbox} \usepackage{totcount} \usepackage{lipsum} % to have access to the total number of sections \regtotcounter{section} % every section starts ...


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I believe that Latin Modern (the lmodern package) has superseded Computer Modern, but there are few major differences (If you aren't writing in English, Latin Modern has better-behaved accent/diacritic placement). A 2013 study* by 2 psychologists on the effect of different fonts for dyslexic readers found that Computer Modern performed well as a font with ...


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The important issues to handle for such a project would be the handling of floats. Normally photo books or similar documents do not have a large amount of words and if you use floats and marginpars, the text will certainly end up in the wrong place. I would first choose a few page designs and then use minipages or better TeX vbox and hbox primitives to ...


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There are quite a few things that you can do to make this project go smoothly- of course, there is bound to be a learning curve of some kind, so take what I say here as for what it's worth :) The basics One of the main things to remember when constructing a medium-to-big document like you describe is to emphasize content over form. As your professor says, ...


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For the sake of completeness, take also a look cookingsymbol, which contains some symbols useful for recipes. It is created by the same author as xcookybooky. The symbols are metafont based and has less dependency than other packages. It is useful when you use any style other than xcookybooky and want to use the symbols. Here is a screenshot from ...


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i would suggest using the amsbook document class. it incorporates amsthm and amsmath, and is tuned particularly for use with math-heavy books. several publishers other than the ams (american math society) base their house packages on amsbook. for variations in the final appearance (while using exactly the same input), there are several ams "author ...


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I would consider (La)TeX to be ideally suited for exactly the purpose you mention. It is definitely flexible in the sense that you can follow a very basic approach of typesetting simple elements (you mention paragraphs and figures), and tweaking the layout at a later stage (table of contents, margins, stock-size). The latter is typically obtained via the ...


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There is also a third LaTeX class, recipe. This formats recipes with an ingredients list first, followed by the instructions. The cuisine class typesets the recipe and ingredients list as two columns, ingredients on the left and recipe on the right, with the position of the ingredients in the column aligned with the step in which the ingredient is used.


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http://ctan.org/tex-archive/info/latex-samples/TitlePages This has some great-looking examples, however, the dependencies are all very complicated (i.e. knowing which packages to load in order to compile an example requires familiarity with dozens of packages), and they are also limited to 1 page. I have taken (some of those examples) in the past ...


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Try the memoir class. Give the comprehensive manual a close review.


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Here's a possibility using the background package (change the settings according to your needs). Using \AddLabels the tabs are activated; \RemoveLabels deactivates the tabs: \documentclass[openany]{scrbook} \usepackage[contents={},opacity=1,scale=1,color=black]{background} \usepackage[a6paper]{geometry}% just for the example \usepackage{tikzpagenodes} \...


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