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Who has experience with OS X?

Just today I read a post by Markus Kohm on komascript.de, which he wrote one week ago: the work on the the English version of the KOMA-Script manual is in progress. I know that many people in the international TeX community are waiting for it. Some users can hardly understand the German manual while the former English translation is very outdated.

However, the good soul who is working on the translation, works on Mac OS X, and there are some problems with the make process of the KOMA-Script manual sources.

If you have experience with OS X and if you would like to help in solving technical problems, or if you know somebody who would like to help, it would be great if you would contact Markus Kohm. You could just write him an email or post a comment on komascript.de.

The KOMA-Script classes and packages are a very valuable contribution to the LaTeX software, that’s why I would appreciate any help in supporting the translation.

See also: The English guide seems to be out-dated. Is there a newer one anywhere?

17. March 2012 by stefan
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DANTE 2012 Report

The 46th general meeting of the German language TeX users group DANTE e.V. (DANTE 2012) was held in Leipzig , from March 7 until March 9. It was hosted by the HTWK Leipzig, the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, and supported by le-tex publishing services.

Stack Exchange confirmed that they would cover travel costs for me. Luckily that’s not very much, as I did not need to fly and neither to book a hotel room. I just rent a car, for traveling from Hamburg to Leipzig and back. Overnight I stayed in my grandmother’s house, in a village near Leipzig.

On Tuesday, March 6, I got the rental car. I took a small one, a FIAT Punto Evo, small and economical regarding fuel. Each day I took the train from Eilenburg to Leipzig, the ticket included tram fare in Leipzig and was just about 1 euro more than the tram ticket. So it’s better than taking the car to the town.

The conference venue

Lipsius building of the HTWK Leipzig

The meeting was held at the Lipsius building of the HTWK, just 15 minutes away from the main train station, if you take the tram. We got two seminar rooms in the second floor. One room was for the talks, with a video projector, the other room was usually frequented during breaks where we had coffee and some fruits and sweets.

The HTWK and le-tex provided WiFi for us during all days.

The attendees

Since it’s been a meeting of DANTE, nearly all attendees were members of DANTE e.V.. I’m also a member. There were quite a few attendees we know from TeX.SX: Herbert Voss, Patrick Gundlach, Martin Schröder, Uwe Ziegenhagen and me. Each of us gave a talk, Herbert and Patrick made several each.

Day One

I got up at 6 am, had a coffee, left at 7 am to catch the train for arriving at 8 am in Leipzig. So I did each of the three days. The HTWK building was easy to find, so I registered at 8:30 am and from 9 pm on I could listen to the talks.

The president of DANTE e.V.,Volker RW Schaa, opened the conference. The first talks were by Günter Partosch and Axel Strübing, who spoke about requirements of tagged PDF and possible ways of achieving the goal of producing barrier-free PDF documents using TeX. Both are working for le-tex, and it’s great that they shared their expertise with us.

Afterwards Thomas Ferber showed how to use hyperref for designing PDF documents and how to benefit from the capabilities of the Portable Document Format. Then Herbert Voss showed ways to produce animations. One is just producing a lot of PDF pages and showing them in quick succession, but there are further ways, as he demonstrated, using JavaScript and LaTeX packages such as animate.

We had a break for lunch, some of us including me took their lunch at an Indian restaurant. Lunch was good, and the menu card was funny. TeX friend, have a look at this font sample from the card:

Example of bad kerning

Specifically, have a look at the kerning and notice the unequal distances between the letters. Just in the case you did not care about kerning of non-TeX-users…

If you really hate someone, teach them to recognize bad kerning

After lunch, Marting Schröder talked about the status of TeX and current developments. He dealt with the new engines, BibTeX and biblatex developments, and the world of fonts for use with TeX. Jean-Michel Hufflen spoke about biblatex und MlBibTeX, and after a coffee break Martin Sievers gave a tutorium about cross-referencing with LaTeX with a focus on the cleveref package.

Finally, Herbert Voss shared his experiences regarding using LaTeX in academic education with us, with a focus on Bachelor students. It was a surprise for me to learn that many of today’s students have difficulties with installing programs and using the command line, which is a bit of a barrier when starting to work with LaTeX.

Day Two

For the morning, the general meeting of DANTE e.V. had been scheduled. We had the election of the commitee, and an extensive discussion about the journal of DANTE, “Die TeXnische Komödie” (DTK). Patrick Gundlach brought forward the proposal, to provide the PDF version of the DTK much earlier than it is now. Currently, members get the printed version, and the PDF version is provided to the public for download after three years. It took a while to find a trade-off between keeping membership benefits and providing the journal to all TeX users. Most important, the DTK will remain to be a printed journal. The result of the discussion is, that the public will get access to the download version of the DTK sooner than before, if technically possible. Perhaps it will be one year between the printed version and the download version, but this still has to be evaluated.

After lunch, Thomas Ferber und Dominik Wagenführ talked about producing EPUB from LaTeX sources. Dominik Wagenführ is the responsible editor of the journal “freies magazin“, a monthly journal dealing with free software, Open Source and Linux. He explained the way how they produce an EPUB version of the journal from the LaTeX sources. Generally, converting from PDF to EPUB seems hardly to be possible today if you would like to get good results.

Patrick Gundlach talked about database publishing with LuaTeX, automated production of documents from database content. He explained a solution using the “speedata Publisher“. This software is based on LuaTeX, and it is available both as Open Source and under a commercial license.

Herbert Voß made his second presentation, it was about OpenType and TrueType fonts for text and math with XeTeX and LuaTeX. Finally, Christof Meigen explained how to use Lua libraries in TeX documents. For example, he showed a simple and quick way using LuaTeX and wxLua for adding a graphical user interface to documents, with free text areas, choice boxes, and more. Depending on the interactive input, a PDF document would be created. Further examples are luasql for querying databases and lua-curl for accessing web services.

The attendees met for dinner at the evening in the “Pilot” restaurant. I could not be there, as I had to catch the train back.

Day Three

The last day begun with the second talk of Patrick Gundlach. He spoke about programming with LuaTeX. Specifically, Patrick showed how to program LuaTeX on node list level, what nodes are and how to manipulate node lists. During this, he introduced the new package lua-visual-debug.

Then I made a presentation about TeX online communities, such as discussion groups, mailing lists and web forums. I introduced the TeX Stack Exchange site, and I showed some of its key features which make it a very good choice for developing and sharing TeX content and for building a TeX knowledge base. This talk was similar to the one I gave at the TUG 2011 in Kerala, India, just in German for the German speaking TeX users. The English version can be found here: Bringing together TeX users online.

Uwe Ziegenhagen made the next talk about designing and producing letter envelopes and photo books with LaTeX with pdfLaTeX and ocgtools. Philipp Poll reported about the progress of the Libertine Open Fonts project, specifically about the development of a monospaced font version.

Finally, Martin Kraetke talked about the role of TeX in the le-tex company. le-tex also offered a tour through the company later, and there was a tour visiting the Museum
of the Printing Arts Leipzig
on Friday afternoon.

As on the previous days, there was an evening meeting. I just could not attend the evening chats.

On Saturday, I went home to Hamburg. This was a very interesting meeting, where we could listen to insightful talks, and it was a great opportunity to meet TeX users who I did not know yet in person.

Thanks to DANTE e.V., le-tex and the HTWK for the great organization.

11. March 2012 by stefan
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LyX 2.0.3 veröffentlicht

Die Version 2.0.3 von LyX ist erschienen. Neue und verbesserte Features sind:

  • Unterstützung für knitr, eine Alternative für Sweave mit R >= 2.14.1
  • Verbesserte Ausgabe von Kommentar-Notizen für XHTML
  • Neues Layout und neue Template-Datei für Artikel im Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Schnelleres Auto-Speichern
  • Erlauben der Umlenkung von stderr in Konvertern
  • Weitere LaTeX-Befehle für die Unicode-Symbole U+200c, U+2011, U+2017, U+2027 und U+202f zur Anwendung mit nicht-Unicode LaTeX-Backends
  • Mehrere Verbesserungen von tex2lyx
  • Verbesserte Benutzer-Schnittstelle, u.a. mit skalierbarem SVG LyX Icon und leicht reduziertem Raum um Schaltflächen
  • Aktualisierte Dokumentation und Benutzer-Schnittstellen-Lokalisierung

Diese Version behebt viele Fehler, daher ist ein Update empfehlenswert.

Für weitere Informationen und Download siehe:

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04. March 2012 by stefan
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LyX 2.0.3 released

The maintenance release 2.0.3 of LyX has been published. New and updated features are:

  • Support for knitr, an alternative for Sweave on R >= 2.14.1
  • Improved output of comment notes for XHTML
  • New layout and template file for articles in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Faster autosave
  • Allowing redirecting stderr in converters
  • Add LaTeX commands for Unicode symbols U+200c, U+2011, U+2017, U+2027 and U+202f to be used with non-Unicode LaTeX backends
  • Several tex2lyx improvements
  • Improved user interface, such as scalable SVG LyX icon and slightly reduced space around inset buttons
  • Updated documentation and interface localizations

This release fixes many bugs, that’s why it’s recommended to update to this version.

For further information and download visit:

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04. March 2012 by stefan
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DANTE 2012: Mitgliederversammlung nächste Woche

Die Frühjahrstagung und gleichzeitig 46. Mitgliederversammlung der deutschsprachigen TeX Anwendervereinigung DANTE e.V. wird vom 7. bis 9. März 2012 an der HTWK Leipzig, der Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig stattfinden. Bereits am Dienstag wird es ein abendliches Treffen geben.

Auf dem Programm stehen Vorträge über

  • den Einsatz des hyperref-Pakets zur Gestaltung von PDFs und zur Ausnutzung der Möglichkeiten des Portable Document Formats
  • die Erzeugung von EPUB-Dokumenten aus LaTeX-Quellen
  • Database Publishing mit LuaTeX
  • Programmierung mit LuaTeX
  • biblatex und MlBibTeX
  • TeX Online Communities
  • Anwendungen von Lua-Bibliotheken in TeX-Dokumenten
  • Anforderungen an ein barrierearmes LaTeX
  • das Libertine Open Fonts Projekt
  • aktuellen Stand und Entwicklungen von TeX
  • Referenzen mit LaTeX
  • Generieren von Animationen
  • OpenType- und TrueType-Schriften für Text und Mathematik mit XeTeX und LuaTeX
  • LaTeX in der akademischen Ausbildung
  • Bild- und Briefautomation mit LaTeX

Für mehr Information bezüglich Ort und Anfahrt, Anmeldung, Unterkunft und Tagungsprogramm siehe die Ankündigung auf der DANTE Webseite.

Auch ich werde teilnehmen und am Freitag einen Vortrag halten, wie im Programm geplant.

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03. March 2012 by stefan
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DANTE 2012: German language TeX users meeting next week

The 46th general meeting of the German language TeX users group DANTE e.V. will be held from March 7 to March 9, 2012, at the HTWK Leipzig, the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences. There will be an evening meeting already on Tuesday, March 6 in the evening.

The program will include talks about

  • Using hyperref for designing PDF documents and using the capabilities of the Portable Document Format
  • Producing EPUB from LaTeX sources
  • Database publishing with LuaTeX
  • Programming with LuaTeX
  • biblatex und MlBibTeX
  • TeX Online Communities
  • Using Lua libraries within TeX documents
  • Producing accessible PDF documents with TeX
  • The status of the Libertine Open Fonts Projekt
  • Current TeX status and developments
  • Creating cross-references with LaTeX
  • Producing animations
  • OpenType and TrueType fonts for text and math with XeTeX and LuaTeX
  • Using LaTeX in academic education
  • Design and production of letter envelopes and photo books

For more information concerning location, registration, accommodation and program visit the announcement on the DANTE homepage.

I will go to this meeting and I will give a presentation on Friday, as it’s scheduled in the meeting program.

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03. March 2012 by stefan
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TeXmaker 3.3 released

TeXmaker version 3.3 has been released today. Some of the new features, from the ChangeLog file, to 3.2.2:

  • An unlimited number of tags can be defined via a new panel.
  • The integrated PDF viewer provides spell checking.
  • Now the main biblatex entries can be inserted via the bibliography menu.
  • command{} is now displayed before command*{} in the auto completion.
  • More hard coded colors, dark desktop themes can be used.
  • The editor provides an overwrite mode.

Bad highlighting with end{picture} has been fixed. The complete ChangeLog can be found here. Click here for downloading versions for Linux, Mac OS X or Windows or source files.

26. February 2012 by stefan
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TeXnicCenter 2.0 Alpha 4 erschienen

Die dritte Alpha-Version des kommenden TeXnicCenter 2.0 ist veröffentlicht worden. Da diese Version noch in der Alpha-Phase ist, ist sie ist noch nicht stabil und kann abstürzen. Wie die vorigen Alpha-Versionen auch, kann diese Vorabversion von 2.0 neben TeXnicCenter Version 1.0 verwendet werden, wenn man beide in unterschiedliche Verzeichnisse installiert hat.

Einige der Neuerungen:

  • Neue Datei-Ansicht mit Unterstützung für TortoiseSVN und ähnliche Tools.
  • Präprozessoren werden nun beim Übersetzen unterstützt.
  • Der Editor kennt nun viel mehr Befehle und Optionen. Zum Beispiel ist nun Mehrfach-Auswahl möglich.
  • Dateiname-Erweiterungen, die durch TeXnicCenter verwaltet werden, können im Programm ausgewählt werden.
  • Native 64 bit Unterstützung.
  • Man kann (wieder) durch die Dokumente browsen in Reihenfolge der letzten Nutzung. Zudem wurde ein lange bestehendes Problem mit Tastenkürzeln mit der Alt-Taste behoben.

Für die lange Liste der Änderungen und Korrekturen, siehe die Ankündigung von Tino Weinkauf und dem TeXnicCenter Team, auch auf LaTeX-Community.org veröffentlicht: TeXnicCenter 2.0 Alpha 4.

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01. February 2012 by stefan
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TeXnicCenter 2.0 Alpha 4 released

The fourth Alpha version of the upcoming TeXnicCenter 2.0 has been released. As it’s still alpha, it is not stable, it may crash and it’s intended for testing only. It can be used alongside TeXnicCenter Version 1.0, both can be used when installed in different directories, like the previous alpha versions.

Some of the changes:

  • Completely new File View with support for TortoiseSVN and similar tools.
  • Preprocessors are now supported when building the output.
  • The editor knows much more commands and options now. For example, multiple selections are now possible.
  • File extensions managed by TeXnicCenter can be chosen through the ‘Default Programs’ control panel.
  • Native 64 bit support.
  • It is (again) possible to cycle through the documents in Most-Recently-Used order. Also, a long-standing issue with shortcuts using the Alt key has been fixed.

For the long list of changes and fixes, have a look at the announcement by Tino Weinkauf and the TeXnicCenter Team, also posted on LaTeX-Community.org: TeXnicCenter 2.0 Alpha 4.

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01. February 2012 by stefan
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TeXmaker 3.2.2 released

TeXmaker version 3.2.2 has been released today. New features, from the ChangeLog file, to 3.2.1:

  • Block selection mode has been added (alt+mouse).
  • The shortcuts of the “Tool” and “Edit” menus can now be modified.
  • While using the “New by copying an existing file” command, the directory of the file is now stored.
  • The list of asymptote and tikz tags has been completed.
  • Users can now hide the pstricks/metapost/tikz/asymptote icons in the structure panels by clicking on the tool bar.
  • Users can now hide some commands in the left tool bar of the editor.
  • The “underline” tag is replaced by the “emphasis” tag in the left toolbar of the editor.
  • If errors are detected, the log file is now displayed even if the “quick build” command is not used.
  • After setting a document as “master”, the structure and the bibliography are rescanned.

3.2.1 to 3.2:

  • Faster syntax highlighting and structure checking
  • An additional parameter (#) for the current file name is available for the commands (required for pdf synchronization with the sumatra pdf viewer).
  • The log panel can now be closed directly with the escape key.

Several bugs have been fixed. The complete ChangeLog can be found here. Click here for downloading versions for Linux, Mac OS X or Windows or source files.

12. January 2012 by stefan
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