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TeX Live 2015 and MacTeX 2015 released PDF Print E-mail
News - LaTeX Distributions
Written by Stefan_K   
Saturday, 13 June 2015 16:49
TeX Live

TeX Live 2015 has been released. TeX Live is a comprehensive TeX and LaTeX system running on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix operating systems. For Mac OS X, a special version MacTeX 2015 is available.

Some of the changes:

  • The fixes, which were previously available by explicitly loading the fixltx2e package, are now enabled by default. You still can revert to the old behavior: the new latex release package enables you to switch on backwards compatibility to a chosen release date.
  • A small but useful improvement is a new float storage allocation mechanism. By default, LaTeX could handle 18 floats at a time, a higher number would cause an error. Now, you can say \extrafloats{600} to allow 600 more.
  • Under the hood, it improved the support for Unicode engines.
  • The release uses a new build system.
  • pdfTeX now supports EXIF metadata in JPEG files.
  • The shell script fmtutil has been reimplemented in Perl. Now it works with multiple formats at once, and it’s better customizable.

For more information and download visit

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LaTeX Templates is partnering with LaTeX Community PDF Print E-mail
News - LaTeX Community
Written by Stefan Kottwitz   
Sunday, 05 April 2015 16:12

Ford circles

The LaTeXTemplates.com website teamed up with the LaTeX-Community.org forum. The website provides a lot of carefully designed LaTeX templates for various purposes. Originally, users posted questions regarding the templates on the template site itself, while Vel as the maintainer provided support.

From now on, LaTeX-Community.org will provide support for the templates. So, LaTeX template users can expect to get help by more users. Our forum members gladly provide additional support. Vel joined our forum team as a moderator. He moved existing forums and topics to the LaTeX Community forum.

Sure, our LaTeX experts sometimes look sceptically at the common practice of using templates. But this refers to often outdated and unmaintained templates, for example oder student's templates at universities. However, LaTeXTemplates.com carefully creates, selects and maintains templates. Without doubt, a good template can give a quickstart to new users, while supporting the idea to separate content and design.

So, if you got a question regarding a template, visit the LaTeX Templates subforum on our site. A post at the top provides background information with download links and tag links. The forum is structured in themed categories. In addition, each template's topic can be accessed by it's tag, such as for example modern-cv.

All, feel free to explore! We also welcome LaTeX enthusiasts who join our effort in supporting LaTeX in general.



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Why I like TikZ's Math library PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX - Math & Science
Written by Kpym   
Friday, 13 March 2015 11:49

Ford circles

I'm not a texpert. I'm a mathematician, that started programming on BASIC, then moved to C, C++, Java, PHP, Python and finally to JavaScript. Moving from one of this languages to another is easy, up to some syntactic sugar, it is time consuming but not so hard. I have never been able, nor attracted, to be honest, to program on TeX.

And for this reason when I discovered the math library, introduced with TikZ 3.0 almost a year ago, that allows us to use a syntax close to ordinary programming languages, I was so excited.

Let's start by one example to see how it works.

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Get the "LaTeX Beginner's Guide" ebook for free today (March 4) PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX Community - About
Written by Stefan_K   
Friday, 20 February 2015 16:06

I’m happy to tell you that today we provide the „LaTeX Beginner’s Guide“ as an ebook for free, for 24 hours. The normal price for the ebook is € 24.97, today it will be € 0,00. This was agreed with Packt Publishing and me as the author, and it will be valid only today, March 4, 2015.

For further information and updates and background production story you can visit: the forum announcement.

This is a special thanks to all LaTeX Community Forum members for their LaTeX support in this forum. I know, our experienced LaTeX supporters don’t need this book, but feel free to get it for curiosity. Your download will prove interest to the publisher, so I could offer them a revised updated edition.

Our LaTeX friends, who may be new in this topic, may benefit. And I thank all for their questions in our forum, because this forum would not exist without you!

We are always happy to welcome LaTeX friends in the forum, so it would be great if you would join us in the forum. I will answer any question to the book's contents there. Experts: our forum also needs your help, perhaps have a look at the unanswered questions. Are you able to answer one, even if it’s older? Orginal poster and later readers would be happy!

Update: the event on March 4, 2015, is over. I hope that everybody, who was interested, got the book.

More information:

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LaTeX Tricks (XV) PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX - General
Written by Luca Merciadri   
Sunday, 08 February 2015 13:11

After having looked at about 150 StackExchange pages of 50 topics (that sums up to about 7500 topics' names), I give you, in this article and in the next issue, the most interesting topics' answers to my eyes. Needless to say that

  • I did not read each topic on StackExchange,
  • I selectioned the ones I decided to read based on the topics' respective titles,
  • The topics that have not been considered here are not necessarily uninteresting! Moreover, I did not find a lot of uninteresting topics.
We will first begin by two additions in regard to [3], [4].

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LaTeX Tricks (XIII) PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX - General
Written by Luca Merciadri   
Sunday, 08 February 2015 12:44

We will here again consider many tips and tricks. This time, they will mostly come from [1].

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TeXdoc.net now has autocompletion PDF Print E-mail
News - LaTeX
Written by Stefan Kottwitz   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:10

Already in February, TeXdoc.net got a face lift. Today, it shines even brighter: when you start searching for a topic or a package, you get suggestions matching the characters as you type them. So, typing one, two or three letters could already show the documentation you are looking for. One click, and it shows the list of related documents. Try it!

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Unsolved LaTeX challenges PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX Community - About
Written by Stefan Kottwitz   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:16

Besides following all active topics in the forum, I look through open topics and unanswered questions from time to time. Behind most questions, there's a LaTeX user who really needs help, so I'm glad to answer what I can, or at least to guide the way.

Now I share a list of interesting open questions with you. Perhaps you know an answer? Or you can show something which helps the fellow LaTeX users?

Still without any answer, last days, up to 2 weeks:

See the list and read more

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LaTeX Tricks (XVI) PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX - General
Written by Luca Merciadri   
Sunday, 08 February 2015 13:16

This is the second (and last) part of the tricks I found on StackExchange. First part began in the preceding issue. We will begin by a personal trick, and end by some inquiry about my LaTeX Tips & Tricks.

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LaTeX Tricks (XIV) PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX - General
Written by Luca Merciadri   
Sunday, 08 February 2015 13:06

We will here give three tricks:

  1. using a personalized \overline,
  2. boxing every digit of an integer,
  3. using \scalebox.
I will then expose my point of view about the LaTeX 2e learning curve, and give some of the most common beginners' mistakes.

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LaTeX Tricks (XII) PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX - General
Written by Luca Merciadri   
Sunday, 25 January 2015 13:31
  • Documents as a source of information
  • Tabular packages' purposes, conflicts
  • Same space in matrices
  • Logic inferences

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