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Local texmf for LaTeX packages in /home/

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I told you this blog is my outsourced memory :) I can put packages in my home directory at ~/texmf/tex/latex/, and into subdirectories of that dir. Then, say: texhash This will complain that it can’t update the system-wide texmf info, but no prob if no changes were made to that. So I moved sciposter.cls there […]

Dia: exporting to eps with fonts that scale well

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

I use Dia to produce diagrams that I then include in LaTeX documents. I export them to .eps (encapsulated postscript) file format. If your diagram contains fonts and they look ugly (ragged) in the resulting LaTeX document, you picked the wrong export format. Make sure you pick “Encapsulated Postscript (using PostScript … fonts) (*eps)”. Or, […]

Conference posters using LaTeX

Monday, October 1st, 2007

I produce my conference posters using LaTeX. Here are a few notes on how to do it. This is in the preamble of my document (let’s say poster.tex), for a landscape formatted poster on A0 paper: \documentclass[landscape,a0,plainboxedsections]{sciposter} \usepackage{epsfig} % \usepackage{amsmath} % \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{multicol} \usepackage{avant} \usepackage{sfmath} I don’t remember what the commented-out packages would do. In […]

Managing references with CiteULike

Monday, June 11th, 2007

I’ve just set up an acount with to keep track of papers. Speaking from my first impressions, here are some advantages and disadvantages: Advantages: Clear and intuitive layout Can import and export BibTeX references. Can export EndNote and RSS. Lets you manually edit BibTeX citation keys (unlike Connotea). Lets you upload a personal .pdf […]

LaTeX and Beamer — steps to produce a .pdf slide presentation

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

It will work if you use pdflatex: pdflatex file.tex However, using that method, you cannot include .eps graphics, and bitmap graphics often look bad in your presentation. As an alternative, run: latex file.tex followed by divps file.dvi and then ps2pdf Note that going directly “dvipdfm file.dvi” does not work for me (does not handle […]