Perl 5.11 now available

The release of Perl 5.11.0 has been published after more than two years of development by the community of Perl developers. The version 5.11.0 is a development release that has been made available in order to test and to develop software intended to run with Perl 5.12.

Perl is a high-level, interpreted, dynamic programming language, originally developed as a general-purpose Unix scripting language. It is free software and is licensed under both the GNU General Public License and the Artistic License. Perl is available for most operating Systems, for example Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. While Perl is already provided by Linux and Unix-like distributions it can be used on Windows for instance by installing ActivePerl.

Many TeX/LaTeX-Tools have been written in Perl, benefiting from its text processing facilities and its flexibility in general, for instance

  • epstopdf converts EPS to ‘encapsulated’ PDF using GhostScript,
  • latex2html translates LaTeX code into HTML documents,
  • pdfcrop trims pages of any whitespace border or just of of a fixed border,
  • texcount counts words in a LaTeX document,
  • texdirflatten collects files related to a LaTeX job in a single directory,
  • texloganalyser allows the user to extract and to display elements of the log file

and many more, usually available on CTAN.

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04. October 2009 by stefan
Categories: News, Tools for LaTeX | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. pdfcrop is written in Python

  2. Hi Joe,

    the version of pdfcrop that I know is written in Perl by Heiko Oberdiek. I’m using pdfcrop v1.18 (2009/07/18) coming with TeX Live 2009, it requires Perl5, GhostScript and pdfTeX.

    Which pdfcrop do you mean?


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