Welcome to TeXtalk! Our interviewee is Mico. Mico has collected 158k+ rep, 3,000+ answers, and 730+ badges on TeX.sx. He is a regular participant in the chat room.
Update: extended by 1 week, plus print book availability, see updated image.
As I’m proud of the book: any TeX.SE user who took the pre-order discount but doesn’t like the print book at first sight, could send it to me if in original shape and I would refund personally. Can take copies for friends. :-) But this is limited to already registered TeX.SE users, 20 pcs in total, and 1 per person. For safety. :-D
Dear friends of TeX.SE,
after more than a year of work, I finished the LaTeX Cookbook. It’s a great moment for me, and I’d like to share it with you. Especially, because the years here gave me a lot of inspiration and enlightenment.
The book is a collection of useful and interesting LaTeX recipes. Those are examples with step by step instructions. Each how-to is followed by an explanation of how it works. Then additional tuning details follow.
- Starting with document types such as books, presentations, leaftlets, and posters
- Shaping and tuning text and fonts
- Working with images and tables
- Creating bibliographies, glossaries, and indexes
- Using PDF specific features
- Doing math with a focus on advanced tasks such as plotting functions, drawing geometry, and doing actual calculations
- Creating diagrams such as flowcharts, pie charts, bar charts, and trees
- Applying LaTeX for various sciences
Take a look: Table of Contents.
To give you a better look at the style of this book, I made a website for it: LaTeX-Cookbook.net. The website shows you
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I already wrote it on LaTeX-Community.org: at http://www.dante.de/events/Herbst2015/anmeldung.html you can now register to the autumn meeting 2015 of DANTE e.V. It takes place on September 5th at the TU Graz. Besides the member’s meeting and the program with talks, there will be an evening gathering the day before, and a tourist program afterwards. Early registering is extremely helpful for the organizers!
The meeting is also open for TeX friends who are not member of DANTE e.V. Participation at the meeting and at the talks is free.
I registered already, and I will fly Sep 4 from Hamburg to Graz and Sep 6 back. If anybody likes to join me, send me an email: I can get up to 2 cheaper tickets for traveling partners, because I work at the airline.
All information regarding place, travel information, and program can be found here.
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From 20th to 22nd of July, the TUG 2015 conference took place in Darmstadt, Germany. It was a splendid time, and it was so great to meat you brilliant TeX Stack Exchange friends there!
- awesome presentations, some of the best done by TeX.SE members
- an excursion to the underground and to the deep past
- a lot of discussions
- WiFi :-)
- a tasty banquet and daily lunch
- coffee and icecream
- some beer at night
Joseph posted daily reviews on his blog, so you could follow the proceedings close to the time, or now see a summary.
I posted notes and thoughts on LaTeX-Community.org, you can find daily posts right on the front page. I tried to tell details about the presentations too, so it’s a bit longish. I need to write another post there what happened on day 3, so stay tuned!
I don’t repeat what Joseph and I wrote in the reports in detail, except the most important: thanks to the TUG, thanks to the sponsors DANTE and River Valley Technologies, special thanks to Klaus Hoeppner who did a marvelous job of organizing the meeting!
We made a photo of our TeX.SE group, so guess who is who!
Yesterday, we lost Hermann Zapf. Brilliant type designer, a very special person. Hermann was 96.
He lived in Darmstadt, Germany and had been an Honorary member of the board of the TeX Users Group since 1980, with the deserved title of “Wizard of Fonts”.
Hermann Zapf directly contributed to the TeX world with the Euler fonts and with several discussions with Donald Knuth about the design of the Computer Modern fonts. His legacy to the world of typography and type design is too big to be reduced to a list of his contributions: just the mention of Palatino, Optima and Zapfino, three fonts he designed, can illustrate his craftsmanship in type design.
Hermann was also a precursor of micro-typography in computer aided typesetting, with his HZ system on which the micro-typographic features of pdfTeX, XeTeX and LuaTeX are based.
Thank you for everything, Hermann.
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As announced a week ago, the ebook version of “LaTeX Beginner’s Guide” written by me is available for free download today, March 4, 2015.
I will answer any question to the book’s contents in the LaTeX Community forum. 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!
Some details, simply copied from what I provided to the publisher earlier:
About This Book
- Use LaTeX’s powerful features to produce professionally designed texts
- Install LaTeX; download, set up, and use additional styles, templates, and tools
- Typeset math formulas and scientific expressions to the highest standards
- Include graphics and work with figures and tables
- Benefit from professional fonts and modern PDF features
Who This Book Is For
If you are about to write mathematical or scientific papers, seminar handouts, or even plan to write a thesis, then this book offers you a fast-paced and practical introduction. Particularly during studying in school and university you will benefit much, as a mathematician or physicist as well as an engineer or a humanist. Everybody with high expectations who plans to write a paper or a book will be delighted by this stable software.
What You Will Learn
- Install LaTeX and use the TeXworks editor to compile documents
- Design the page layout; create dynamic headers and footers
- Fine-tune appearances and the space of words, symbols, and lines
- Apply intelligent justification and customized hyphenation to achieve fine text design
- Typeset professional-looking tables and create bulleted and enumerated lists
- Write sophisticated math formulas, from in-text expressions to complex multi-line equations with various alignments
- Cross-reference objects such as figures, tables, and equations
- Load fonts and vary their shape and style; choose between thousands of LaTeX symbols from specialized fonts
- Use macros to save time and effort; load packages to extend LaTeX’s capabilities
- Generate an index, cite books, and create bibliographies
- Use external pictures, color, PDF bookmarks, and hyperlinks
- Structure and manage large documents by splitting the input
- Manage large documents containing lists, index, and bibliography
More details, including table of contents and sample chapter: Publisher’s LaTeX book page.
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In agreement with the publisher, the “LaTeX Beginner’s Guide” ebook will soon be officially available for free download. But this will be for a single day only, within the next two weeks. I cannot tell the date yet, not even if it’s tomorrow or next week. Otherwise, the regular price is € 24.97, just € 0,00 during 24 hours, as the publisher allowed.
I’m the author of the book; and I want to make it freely available for our LaTeX friends who support or share our hobby without getting paid or rewarded for it. So, while on Stack Exchange we get reputation points and shiny badges for producing content and for various kinds of activity, there are still older web forums without that game. That’s why my personal reward gets there at first: the whole story with more information and updates is here on LaTeX-Community.org.
Though it’s an internal subforum thread to honor members, everybody can easily join to read it. A small LaTeX challenge question prevents bots from entering, but it won’t be an obstacle for a LaTeX friend.
Would you like to help out a bit? If I see some of our fellow TeX friends from here helping with their experience to solve some topics and to answer some lonely question, I’ll thank by sharing the upcoming download link for here as well.
Have a gut feeling that it’s kind of site promotion? Well, LaTeX-Community.org already promotes TeX.SE, for example Luca’s recent articles on the front page are purely advertising TeX.SE solutions.
Image courtesy of David Carlisle (MS Paint skillz FTW)
Welcome to TeXtalk! Our interviewee is Paulo Cereda. Paulo has collected 24k+ rep, 160+ answers, and 240+ badges on TeX.sx. He is an avid participant in the chat rooms, and a lover of ducks. Paulo is usually our interviewer, but today we’ve turned the tables.
My PHD Thesis
I first published my PHD thesis on the Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends page. I was asked to publish the LaTeX code on the Stack Exchange TeX Blog here which made me very proud.
I then started to create a lean template that is suitable as a starting point for most thesis projects. Therefore I kept the number of packages to a reasonable minimum.