Recent TeX News
Again some weeks without a post here, however I expect to have more time for the blog soon. Here’s a summary of interesting events and news I noticed during the last weeks.
- The PracTeX Journal 2012-1 has been published. The journal contains practical articles, in this issue for example about creating posters, ebooks, and active documents, and about using the APA6 style, visualizing the vocal tract, using MetaPost, and more.
- Texmaker 3.5.1 has been released yesterday. Now it provides export via TeX4HT to HTML, MathML and Open Document format.
- Kile 2.1.3 has been released September 23.
- TeXstudio 2.5 has been released September 17. One new feature is that it can recognize handwritten math formulas.
- The UK-TUG recorded videos of their last meeting and put them online on their vimeo channel. Topics: TeX Gyre Math font, Lua2DoX and TeX on the Raspberry Pi, Coffins: boxes with handles, the history of the longtable package, the arara compiling tool, TeX challenges, and discussions.
- Nicola Talbot published a new article on LaTeX-Community.og: Creating a glossary without using an external indexing application. This article shows how to create sorted glossaries without to run the external makeindex program, by using the datatool package.
- Andrew Stacey wrote about using TeX to make toast, or about the fun of using TeX to program the GPIO interface of a Raspberry Pi to make LEDs light.
- On TeX.SX users discussed how to generate smartphone-readable PDF files. Some of the tips: use a6paper size (or another small one), set a narrow margin via geometry, use a screen-readable typeface such as TeX Gyre Heros, and use microtype. Or go another way, produce EPUB files for example via pandoc.
- Claudio Fiandrino showed how to implement the “Smart Art” feature of PowerPoint (2010) in TikZ, this became a new package available on CTAN: smartdiagram.