At Lehmanns there’s now a LaTeX reference available for free, written by Herbert Voß, in German language:
You can order it for free as a soft cover book, or download it as PDF file.
On 32 pages the reference lists the most important LaTeX environments and commands with syntax and meaning, and it contains a list of LaTeX counters and lengths.
DANTE members will automatically get it together with the next DTK.
Originally posted on LaTeX-Community.org News.
On LaTeX-Community.org there’s currently a contest: users, who post an article on the web site have the chance to win the LaTeX Companion ebook. A free download code was provided by the author Frank Mittelbach. The ebook version is available as bundle in EPUB, MOBI and PDF format.
To take part, write a small article and send to email@example.com, it will be published on LaTeX-Community.org. The topic of this contest is: Recent developments in LaTeX.
“Recent” may mean some years, it’s not really strict. You can freely choose your topic. The article could be short like a blog post or comprehensive as you like.
The contest will end in 10 days, it will close on November 10, 2013.
You can find all details in the contest announcement.
Today is the final day of the Packt Publishing promotion, where you can get 50% discount for all ebooks in the store. They got a lot of books in the store, could be a nice opportunity to shop an interesting book for less money, for you or as a present for your friends. The promo code is: BIG50
They have one LaTeX book available, which was written by me: LaTeX Beginner’s Guide.
Again some quiet weeks on my blog. If some people would blog together, there would be active blog life even if somebody would temporarily be too busy with other things. So I liked Patricks idea very much, to set up a community blog together with some TeX friends and who ever likes to join us. I quickly set up a wordpress blog and we chose a friendly bright theme together.
It’s site for people who did not blog yet but would like to do it sometimes, or TeX users like me who blog in English but like to post in German sometimes. Yes, the starting crew is German, from the huge German speaking TeX community, Patrick, Rico, Clemens, Marco, Dominic, and me. First topics? Clever footnotes, maths, xparse, translations, minted, and planned are biblatex and pgfplots.
Curious? Have a look: TeXwelt.de
It has been a bit quiet here for some weeks. I got a son in February, when my little daugher was not much more than 1 year old, both keep us pretty busy at home. So after my full time job I’m not so often at the computer.
However, I still post about TeX news, answer questions in TeX forums, edit and publish articles. My personal site is just not so important. I rather support LaTeX-Community.org, which is read by more people.
Here are some news of the last months I posted there, in case you missed one:
- TeX Live 2013 Release Plan, April 1
- First Beta of XeTeX 0.9999? released, March 12
- Texmaker 4.0 released, March 10
- Topic Tags for the LaTeX Community Forum, March 1
- Transplanting TeX Live from one Windows system to another one, February 27
- A MikTeX update may remove amslatex / amsmath as obsolete – how to fix it, February 6
Contributed articles, which I edited regarding HTML design and published on that site:
- LaTeX Tricks (VII) by Luca Merciadri, March 20
- TikZ Library for Structural Analysis by Jürgen Hackl, March 10
- News from LaTeXTemplates.com by Vel, January 26
- Installing TeX Live on Linux by Svend, January 9
More articles are in the works and will appear soon.
Do you like reading that TeX and LaTeX site with articles, news, and an active TeX forum? If yes, there are some ways you could support it, for example by
- Answering some LaTeX questions in the forum. Many questions come in, it seems more than the regulars can handle. There are even a lot of unanswered questions. You could pick one or some and answer. Also answers to older questions are welcome.
- Adding a link to LaTeX-Community.org on your website or blog. Feel free to use the banner here, but a text link would already be great. So some more users may find the site.
- Sending us news, if you would notice something in the TeX and LaTeX world. You could also get an account to write posts on the frontpage of the site. Even an article about a topic you like? Very welcome!
Since today, LaTeX-Community.org readers can use an online LaTeX compiler in the forum, provided by writeLaTeX.com, an online collaborative LaTeX editor with integrated rapid preview.
By a single click on a link above a code box, the reader will land in the editor which shows the code on the left side, and the output preview on the right side. Compilation is done in realtime.
Now it’s easier to support LaTeX users, especially if they would add a compilable minimal example to their problem. Even small code snippets would be wrapped to create a basic LaTeX document.
For more information and examples, have a look at the announcement.
This Christmas tree has been written in LaTeX and TikZ by Alain Matthes. See the complete source code.
The first beta version of TeXnicCenter 2.0 has been released. Several issues with TXC 2.0 alpha 4 have been fixed. Though it’s still beta, it’s pretty stable and recommended as replacement for version 1, and of course for the alpha versions of 2.0.
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.
This month I’ve got few time due to much work, so I did not write much.
So I will give a short summary what I think was interesting in the TeX world this month.
- Textmate 2 is now Open Source under GPLv3. TextMate is a popular text editor for Mac OS X which can be used for TeX and LaTeX.
- Texmaker 3.5 has been released. Texmaker is a feature-rich cross-platform LaTeX editor and Open Source too.
- Joseph Wright and Clemens Niederberger joined the LaTeX Community moderator team. Clemens wrote the chemnum, chemmacros, and modiagram packages, and maintains a blog, mychemistry.eu. Joseph is a member of the LaTeX Project, and author of packages such as siunitx and chemstyle, and maintainer of beamer and achemso.
- Joseph maintains a blog about TeX developments, in August he wrote three posts dealing with the chemfig package, based on TikZ and written by Christian Tellechea.
- Chris Hughes has written a perl script for indenting .tex files. That’s great! I will use this for formatting contributions to the TikZ Example Gallery.
- I started to use LaTeX and TikZ for Network diagrams with Cisco devices, which I use at my work as a network engineer.
- Valetta Ventures examined the TeX Writer app for iOS and noticed that it seems to base on a DOS emulator, which is an interesting approach but perhaps not legal.
- The TeX documentation server has been updated to the newest TeX Live 2012.
- TUG 2013 will be taking place in Japan.
- Werner and Peter showed a nice way of producing asymmetric under- and overbraces.
- David and Joseph contributed very interesting thougts about advantages and disadvantages of fully expandable macros.
- Did you know that csname…endcsname has a relax side effect, and why it’s useful?
- There was a lot of activity in the LyX forum of LC, much more than during the previous months. Still, LyX experts are wanted.