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It depended on the available hardware. My first tries with TeX were on a VT-100 terminal and the only "previewer" was dvi2tty. Just for fun, here's what could be shown on the terminal with it \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lipsum} \begin{document} \lipsum*[1] \[ \sum_{k=0}^{n} k^2 = \frac{1}{6}n(n+1)(2n+1) \] \lipsum[2] \end{document} Actually the ...


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I started using TeX in 1987 on SunBSD (later sunos later solaris) using the dviview previewer from the vortex project. That is still one of the best viewers around, you could select individual characters ask what font they were in, and the rendering was as good as the (monochrome) screen could handle. This wasn't the setup I had but from a vortex project ...


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OK. I was officially the first TeX user in Imperial College, London, using it to write my PhD thesis. Malcolm Clark was the one person in Computer Centre who supported TeX. I bought Knuth's "TeX and Metafont" in 1983, and used a buggy implementation on the College mainframe. There was no preview, and there were no laser printers. I wrote the files at home ...


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Follow all the steps mentioned in the TeXnicCenter + Sumatra Tutorial, but keep in mind these few things: In the (La)TeX tab / (La)TeX compiler section / Command line arguments to pass to the compiler bar, you should write: -synctex=-1 -interaction=nonstopmode "%Wm" In the Viewer tab / Executable path section, what should be written is: "C:\Program Files\...


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item 3 updated, see below. 1 beamer class document in SVG format Think about giving up the PDF format in favour of SVG. Animations run in all contemporary Web browsers, while Blink-based ones (Chromium, Chrome, Opera) have the best performance. Also run on mobile devices. Click the image to start presentation in the Web browser and press F11 for full-...


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Screen? Previews? They didn't exist at the beginning. edit: it has been asked how knuth viewed his "first page". it was definitely not on screen. it was most likely printed out on the xerox xgp which was installed at the stanford ai (artificial intelligence) lab (sail). in the book "companion to the papers of donald knuth", don says (pp.58-59) that he'd ...


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GoBack Nearly all PDF viewers have a "go back" feature. Thus, there is no need for explicit "go back" links. There is an unofficial named action GoBack (not part of the PDF standard) that most PDF viewers understand, for example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{hyperref} \begin{document} \section{Hello World} \label{sec:hello} \Acrobatmenu{GoBack}{Go ...


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At a beginning I was using TeX on PC XT without HDD and with the Hercules graphics. The difference between on-screen visualization (not more than 70 dpi, inversion of colours) and the print on the printer giving near 240 dpi was very visible. Alas, the printing time was not in pages per minute but rather in minutes per page. An extreme case: about 30 min/...


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I bought an Atari ST in 1985 which had a 640x400 monochrome screen. Based on the purchase date of Lamport's LaTeX book I started using TeX on it that year. The onscreen preview was OK, but needed scrolling and zooming for checking things in detail because of the Atari ST screen resolution. That however was way better than printing things out on my 9-pin ...


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The PDF file has many errors. Output of ps2pdf (ghostscript): **** Error reading a content stream. The page may be incomplete. Output may be incorrect. **** Error: Form stream has unbalanced q/Q operators (too many q's) Output may be incorrect. **** Error reading a content stream. The page may be incomplete. ...


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This question has a lot of votes, but hasn't received an answer. So I am giving a ConTeXt solution. To create a tagged pdf, simply add: \setuptagging[state=start] at the top of your document. For example: \setuptagging[state=start] \starttext \startsection [title={A section title}] \input ward \stopsection \stoptext Then, pdfinfo test.pdf gives: ...


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The standard viewer for Kile is Okular. Under Settings >> configure Kile >> Tools >> Build >> viewPDF you need to add --unique to the options. This will make Okular only open a single window.


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Experience with the Accessibility Package I downloaded the accessibility.sty style file from Babette Schalitz's website. This file is available under an LPPL license. Using \usepackage[tagged]{accessibility} in my preamble allowed me you to generate a basic tagged PDF file that passes tests in Adobe Acrobat. However, the package didn't work if I needed to ...


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I used a GP 29 terminal that would preview TeX. That was in 1987. (from New Products, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, November 1984)


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There are several issues at play here. All of them sort of fixable from within TeX, but none that I know of actually fixed "out of the box" Strokes verses filled rectangles. TeX doesn't mandate anything here. LaTeX uses the TeX primitive \hrule and \vrule but TeX doesn't mandate how they are translated to PDF (or anything else). It would not be possible to ...


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You would need to tag the pdf if the reader should recognize units like "paragraphs". Without it it sees only lines. As an example run the following with lualatex and compare with and without the activate-all key. Attention! tagpdf is an experimental package I wrote to investigate such questions. It is not really meant for production documents. It is not ...


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I made a web-based viewer which simply opens the slides and the notes on separate windows, keeping them in sync. The windows can be moved freely and expanded (F11) on another monitor like any window. It accepts double-width LaTeX-Beamer PDFs which can be generated using \setbeameroption{show notes on second screen=right}. The application works in a web ...


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The problem is that you're using rand which generates random numbers between -1 and 1, instead of rnd, which generates random numbers between 0 and 1. This leads to some of the lines having a negative width, which throws Acrobat off. Replacing the rand with rnd fixes the problem: \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{fadings} \...


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Method pdfstringdef If hyperref is loaded, \pdfstringdef is available and can be used for package accsupp via method=pdfstringdef: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[pdfencoding=auto]{hyperref} \usepackage{accsupp} \begin{document} \BeginAccSupp{ method=pdfstringdef, ActualText=11\unichar{"0009}21\unichar{"000A}12\unichar{"0009}22\unichar{"000A}, } \...


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You can deactivate the forward and/or reverse synchronization in the statusbar of the viewer:


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The binary in question is distributed (only) as part of TeXLive and should be installed in the TeXLive binary folder (something like C:\texlive\2016\bin\win32\synctex.exe). Note, however, that its only installed if you select the full scheme (which is the default). You can probably get away with installing TeXLive, copying the executable and kpathseaXXX.dll ...


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With ConTeXt MKIV and Natural Tables you can easily colour rows or columns selectively. \starttext \startsetups table:pixelperfect \setupTABLE[column][first][background=color,backgroundcolor=gray] \stopsetups \startTABLE[setups={table:pixelperfect}] \NC Titre \NC Some text here \NC\NR \NC Date de modification \NC \currentdate ...


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Tikz and pgf figures are based on postscript specials, i.e., postscript code is embedded within the dvi file. Most dvi-viewers can display only parts of this postscript code and the figures may look distorted or parts are missing. A few dvi-viewers, e.g. yap which is included in MiKTeX, call ghostscript to render the postscript code. If you convert the dvi ...


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It is not a rendering problem. It is a problem caused by \psplot, which evaluates the given equation at regular intervals, and then connects with straight lines the resulting points. You can control how many points are evaluated (and thus the distance among them) using the key plotpoints. If you reduce the number, the effect is dramatically visible: \...


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Big chars (characters with more than 8 bits) of LuaTeX/XeTeX are not yet fully supported. Workaround: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \usepackage{accsupp} % \usepackage{luatex85} % might be needed as a workaround https://github.com/ho-tex/oberdiek/issues/36 \usepackage{tikz}%\usepackage{pgfmath} \usepackage{stringenc} \usepackage{pdfescape} \...


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The image is composed of triangles. The following image is generated from the PDF file. First the page stream of the file is uncompressed by: pdftk image.pdf cat output image-uncompress.pdf uncompress Then the file is modified by replacing " m B" by " m S" and " m f" by " m S". The replacement of B and f by S removes the filling and the triangles are ...


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I would like to point out that the SumatraPDF viewer does not lock the pdf file. This means that you can keep your pdf file open when you recompile it. Furthermore, it provides an inverse search, meaning that you can double-click on your pdf file and it will open your tex file (even on the position).


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Other answers have solved the problem so just for completeness' sake, inkscape is a free vector editing program that can import PDF, it has extensive support for dimensions, rulers and measurements. I frequently make use of it to measure layouts, match fonts and similar work.


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if you were using yap to view the dvi output, the following might help. go to yap, change View->Render Method from the default Pk to Dvips, then everything is normal without compiling again. the details are beyond me, though.


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