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In KBibTeX's bug list at Gna!, there are currently 39 open bug reports. Most of them are not really ‘bugs’, but rather feature requests. The oldest open bug report is about a request for Zotero support. Trying to fix and close old bug reports, during the last few weeks, I was working on adding basic (read-only) support for Zotero to KBibTeX.

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Many years ago (2007), in one of my first attempts to start a blog, I wrote about settings tables in LaTeX using the booktabs and multirow packages. Apparently, this page is still online and indexed by some search engines, as I got just recently an email with a question about it. As this old posting seem to be still of relevance, I am going to post an updated English translation here.

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This posting will show a quick and (comparably) easy way to get support for the font CartoGothic, a Frutiger-lookalike, in pdfLaTeX, xeTeX, and LuaTeX.

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Do you have any tips for Windows-based Bibtex editors?
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Recently I started to try out XeTeX. It has two main advantages over the plain, old LaTeX: First, you don't need any \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} as XeTeX assumes UTF-8 as default encoding. As UTF-8 is the default encoding for basically ever Linux distribution, it makes things much simpler. Second, it can make use of TrueType, Type 1, and OpenType fonts without configuring virtual fonts or alike. With LaTeX, you need black magic to include new fonts which is why most people stick with Computer Modern.

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I am the developer of KBibTeX, a BibTeX editor for KDE. Yesterday I spent some time porting KBibTeX to Windows and eventually succeeded. I would like to invite you to try it out yourself. There are no easy packages for installation (yet), so those of you who are bold and brave have to compile it from source.

Screenshot: KBibTeX on Windows

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You may know those PDF files (e.g. scientific publications) which are set in North American paper formats such as Letter or Legal, having a wide margin, and, when scaled to fit on A4 paper, the text has the size of your palm centered on the page.

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Hello, some of you might be interested in two of my recent postings about LaTeX Beamer.

The first posting is about how to give proper credit to images included in slides, and an alternative to allowframebreaks. The second post shows you how to make links between slides and how to automatically generate extra slides to show small images (or photos) full-screen with a single mouse click.

Constructive feedback is always appreciated ;-)

Acronyms

Sep. 6th, 2010 05:23 pm
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I'm using the acronym package for my dissertation and I'm fairly happy with it, except for one thing - you can't seem to switch between capital and lowercase letters. The acronym section in the front matter is written in capital letters, to show where an abbreviation comes from (Example: MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). But sometimes I'd like to write the acronym in lowercase letters, for instance, when it is used in the middle of a sentence (Example: Games such as massively multiplayer online role playing games...).

Does anyone know how to archive this effect? I tried the \lowercase command (Example: \lowercase{\acl{mmo}}, but it doesn't have any effect. Any help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Guys, you need to check out the Detexify LaTeX symbol classifier (if you haven't seen it already that is). This is the most useful tool when you're looking for a particular symbol but can't for the life of you remember the LaTeX code for it. Just draw the symbol and you get a number of symbol code suggestions in return. I've been using it a lot lately...
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It's about time for a first post here and I thought I could tell you a bit about what version I use, how I use it and also point you towards a couple of resources I frequently read and use, if you don't know them already.

I have LaTeX2e on Kubuntu 10.04 installed and I use it to write my PhD thesis, prepare lectures (with beamer), and create conference papers. The latter is slightly challenging since I haven't found a suitable class/package yet to create professional looking posters. I know of baposter and a0poster, but both require too many modifications to be of much use to me. So for now, I try to get around the problem by combining TikZ and the minipage environment, but it's not the most effective solution... For my PhD thesis I use an older and in parts considerably modified version of classicthesis, in combination with a makefile which is very useful. The biggest challenge in creating professional looking lecture slides lies in placing images with precision; I use quite a lot of them to illustrate specific (cognitive) theories and phenomenon. Two-column slides can also be a bit inflexible to work with. Other than that, I can't find much to complain about (okay, the available themes aren't always the most beautiful...)

Useful resources? Well, LaTeX wikibook is really helpful and The Tex Community Aggregator helps you keep updated with LaTeX related news.

Now your turn :)
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