Christian Tellechea has released version 0.2 of his tabularcalc package. The new version supports the possibilities to calculate values from formulas and to export a table's code to a file. In addition another math engine is used for better precision.
Joseph Wright has updated his siunitx package to version 1.2f. The new version introduces the ability to disable literal unit processing and new units for chemical engineers (g-mol, kg-mol, lb-mol). The siunitx package is a package for typesetting values with units. According to the author the package takes the best from other existing packages and adds new features and a consistent interface.
LyX has been accepted as a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2013. Each summer, since 2005, Google awards stipends to students who successfully completed a free and open-source coding project during that summer - that's why the name, which was drawn from the 1967 Summer of Love.
Today, TeX Live 2012 has been released. TeX Live is a comprehensive TeX and LaTeX system for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix systems. A special version called MacTeX 2012 is available for Mac OS X.
Christian Tellechea has released version 0.1 of his tabularcalc package. Given a list of numbers and one (or more) formulas, the package offers an easy syntax to build a table of values, i.e. a tabular in which the first row contains the list of numbers, and the other rows contain the calculated values of the formulas for each number of the list.
Martin Gieseking has updated his dvisvgm tool. The latest release introduces basic evaluation of DVI specials which is currently limited to color statements. However, more special handlers are planned and partially already in work.
Herber Voss has released version 1.00 of his pst-optic package. The release provides a new style for the optical axis and the documentation is now in the PSTricks style. The pst-optic package can be used for drawing both reflective and refractive optics diagrams. The package requires PSTricks later than version 1.10.
Today, Karl Berry published details of the release plan of TeX Live 2013. This comprehensive TeX and LaTeX system is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix systems. While its packages are constantly updated, there's currently an annual release cycle for the main distribution.
Today Karl Berry announced on the texhax mailing list, that the Lucida OpenType font distribution is now available. You can get it from the TeX Users Group (TUG): http://tug.org/lucida provides ordering information together with documents and samples.
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Robin Fairbairns has released version 2.16 of his rotating package. The new version uses colour boxes where appropriated. The rotating package is built on top of the standard LaTeX graphics package to perform all the different sorts of rotation one might like, including complete figures and tables with their captions.
Guillaume Connan has released version 4.03 of his tablor package. The new version improves tables with forbidden zones. The tablor package allows to generate tables of signs and of variations using the computer algebra system XCAS. The actual plotting of the tables is performed using the the MetaPost macro package tableauVariations.