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You can use pdfpages. In the example below, test2.pdf has 178 pages, and ceil(sqrt(178)) = 14. The purpose of the delta option is actually to add additional white space between each page. By setting it to negative values I guess the effect is that each page overlaps a bit. So it doesn't actually crop anything, but one gets the same effect -- less white ...

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A different solution that I use is below. \appendix \section{\\Title of Appendix A} % the \\ insures the section title is centered below the phrase: AppendixA Text of Appendix A is Here \section{\\Title of Appendix B} % the \\ insures the section title is centered below the phrase: Appendix B Text of Appendix B is Here

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I get pretty many people convinced to edit the PDF either with "PDFXchangeviewer", which you can download for free (but it isn't open source), or using "PDF Annotator", which is used widely in the academic area. With both it is easy and can even be fun to annotate texts. And there is one large advantage to word & co: You can see at the first glance, ...

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By request in the comment section, I have been exhorted to share specifics on my comment: I had a similar situation in our organization in that they, one day, insisted that every report had to be times-roman font (not my beloved Palatino), but allowed that figures could have other fonts. So I submitted my report, where each page of my Palatino manuscript ...

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Both the glossaries package and the glossaries-extra extension package provide the package option symbols, which creates a new list labelled symbols with the default title given by the language-sensitive \glssymbolsgroupname ("Symbols"). This list can be referenced with type=symbols. If you don't use this package option then you can use the default main ...

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Don't worry about the length of package documentation, you don't need to read everything! If you use just the packages present in TeX Live (or MiKTeK or any other official distribution), I don't think you have license problems. If your faculty already has a template, use it. If not, just start with: \documentclass{book} \input{preamble.tex} \begin{...

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You need to talk to your supervisor to find out what he is willing to do. Then you need to modify your work flow to achieve that. If he is willing to read/edit raw/uncompiled LaTeX in MS Word, then that is easy. Just import your LaTeX files into MS Word. If he is okay with the occasional bit of LaTeX markup, but not too much, then maybe you need to do ...

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Any markdown flavor is indeed a better option than LaTeX to focus on contents and format a document easily with a decent format, no doubt. But the paradise vanishes when you need more than standards sections and bulleted list. Simple formatting options such as centering an image or making two columns are not available. This is not a criticism of markdown:...

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You could adapt the LaTeX source of the thesis to typeset it on A0 paper in four columns, each of which has the width of one A4 sheet. For better typesetting, i.e. a smaller number of characters per line, you could even increase the number of columns. \documentclass{article} \usepackage[a0paper, margin = 2.5cm]{geometry} \usepackage[english]{babel} \...

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The situation with fonts is much better than you thought! I absolutely agree with your advisor that you should use OpenType fonts (and therefore, the unicode-math package on either XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX). Any OpenType math font will have more-complete and consistent symbol coverage than any combination of legacy LaTeX packages, but the package also allows ...

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Yes, memoir is ideal for a humanities thesis. I am using it for mine. The memoir class incorporates the functions of a large number of commonly used packages to provide a more consistent interface, and is designed to be easy to customize. So instead of loading a dozen possibly conflicting packages---geometry to change margins, and setspace to change line ...

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This will likely get downvoted, but I think the best answer is to use Word. Making it so that your supervisor may feel frustrated dealing with your thesis is a very bad idea. Be glad your supervisor is willing to edit it, rather than just making notes on a hard copy that you are going to have to put into the file yourself. In my experience that is unusual. ...

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Why not just find your ASCII art by using an external package and include it verbatim, perhaps using listings's \lstinputlisting: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents,listings,graphicx,varwidth}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{filecontents,listings,graphicx,varwidth} % Source: http://www.chris.com/ascii/index.php?art=animals/birds%20(water) \begin{...

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Let a package do the hard work for you (that's one of the reasons they were written in the first place). The rotating package offers you sidewaysfigure (and sidewaystable): \documentclass{book} \usepackage[a6paper]{geometry}% just for the example \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{rotating} \begin{document} .\clearpage% just for the example \begin{...

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To begin with, cmhuges is absolutely right: [O]ne of the best things about TeX and friends is that it allows you to separate content from style. So you shouldn't need to worry about the template too much initially- you can bash out the writing using a simple documentclass, and save the style tweaking for the inevitable days when you lack the ...

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You need to define the structure using \newtheorem (refer to the documentation of the amsthm package for further details on the optional arguments of this command): \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{report} \usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb} \newtheorem{prop}{Proposition} \begin{document} \begin{prop} \begin{enumerate} \item $x=Y+z$ \item $\alpha=1-x$ \end{...

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The problem is the extra \begin{document}..\end{document} inside chap1.tex. It doesn't belong there. There is just one document -- created from one or multiple source files. Removing the extra environment should fix the errors.

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From the memoir manual: The memoir class is an attempt to integrate some of the more design-related packages with the LaTeX book class.[...] The memoir class effectively incorporates the facilities that are usually accessed by using external packages. In most cases the class code is new code re-implementing package functionalities. IMHO is a ...

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I will show a solution with tex4ht. I used your sample text and added some math samples from the internet. You can see the complete resulting webpage on my Github page. All code is also hosted on Github. You have four wishes, some of them can be solved using external Javascript tools, for others we must create custom JS scripts. tex4ht can be configured ...

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Summing the Upvoted Comments : First of all, check ctan site for your university templates incase it is already available, otherwise you may build your own template from memoir or koma-script which are very versatile classes that has features required for a thesis. Have a look at What are the strengths and weaknesses of KOMA-Script and memoir? An ...

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I would take the whole text and preamble of the thesis, but swap some packages to really print it on A 0: \documentclass[pagesize, paper=a0, english, fontsize=6pt]{scrartcl} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{babel, blindtext, multicol, endnotes} \usepackage[margin=2cm]{geometry} \let\footnote=\endnote \title{Reamde} \...

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The formatting for the sectional units can be achieved using the titlesec package; the headers can be obtained using the fancyhdr package; the lettrine for the first letter of each chapter can be produced with the \lettrine command from the lettrine package. A little example: \documentclass[twoside]{book} \usepackage{titlesec} \usepackage{fancyhdr} \...

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The simplest strategy is to create a PDF file with the Chinese name and including it with \includegraphics as you already do for the signature. I'll use Donald Knuth's Chinese name for the example \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{CJKutf8} \begin{document} \begin{CJK}{UTF8}{gbsn} 高德纳 \end{CJK} \end{document} This uses resources found in TeX Live (...

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I had the same problem you have now when I wrote my thesis, but I didn't use any of the packages you've mentioned (probably they didn't even exist since it happened many years ago). But I read this beatiful introduction to the LaTeX world (it is written in Italian!): Una (mica tanto) breve introduzione a LATEX2ε that helped me much. At page 77 (93 of 109) ...

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You can \label the theorem that has to be dublicated and then reuse its counter when you rewrite it via \ref: \newenvironment{usethmcounterof}[1]{% \renewcommand\thethm{\ref{#1}}\thm}{\endthm\addtocounter{thm}{-1}} A basic example would be so to speak: ... \begin{thm}\label{mythm} We'd like to introduce the \bfseries{theorem of the universe}, the ...

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The thmtools defines restatable theorems. Here is how it goes. B.t.w., the thm theorem style does not exist, as this is defined by thmtools. I suppose you meant the plain style. Also, I had to comment the autorefnames, as they're already defined by thmtools. \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{amsthm,thmtools}% \setlength\...

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I'm only guessing as you didn't provide real code, but probably it will work if you protect the command: \documentclass{book} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[pdfspacing]{classicthesis} \usepackage{mathptmx} \begin{document} \tableofcontents \chapter{TEXT \protect\NoCaseChange{\textit{Homo sapiens}}} \end{document} If you want a slanted small caps, ...

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Ran out of space in the comment sections, so posting this as an answer instead. I used memoir as the backbone of my thesis. It worked great, but it might be a bit much for a beginner. If you really want to use it to its potential (and if you don't, you probably don't need it, and the default classes make more sense), studying at least some parts of the ...

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The style is redefining \@xfloat but misses the color commands. Try this patch: \documentclass{book} \usepackage{iyte} \makeatletter \def\@xfloat#1[#2]{\ifhmode \@bsphack\@floatpenalty -\@Mii\else \@floatpenalty-\@Miii\fi\def\@captype{#1}\ifinner \@parmoderr\@floatpenalty\z@ \else\@next\@currbox\@freelist{\@tempcnta\csname ftype@#1\endcsname ...

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