Writing micrometer in LaTeX

Another way to do this, sent by Chris Hulme-Smith.




See other good ways here.

LaTeX figure placement problem solved. Place figures in sections in LaTeX.

If you use LaTeX and you tend to have a lot of figures, they will start to float too much… and you will get misplaced figures that make it difficult to read your documents (even for proof reading!). Here is the solution to this perennial LaTeX problem… there is a package for that… and it’s name is placeins.

Here with the option “section”, all figures in a section will be placed in that section.

Now LaTeX will place your figures sensibly, all thanks to this wonderful package!


Writing Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Russian/Thai in LaTeX

Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Russian languages require particular fonts to be installed. I managed to compile the following example using latex command and then followed by dvipdf.

texlive-full is necessary to compile CJKutf8 maybe for Cyrillic fonts/ russian and other language spacing.

CJKutf8.tex was downloaded from http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/language/chinese/CJK/cjk-4.8.3/examples


% This is the file CJKutf8.tex of the CJK package
%   for testing the CJKutf8 style file.
% written by Werner Lemberg <wl@gnu.org>
% Version 4.8.3 (07-May-2012)

% Vietnamese support for Babel comes with the VnTeX package.
% Read CJKutf8.txt for more details.


\usepackage[10pt]{type1ec}          % use only 10pt fonts

\usepackage[german, russian, vietnam, USenglish]{babel}

\usepackage[overlap, CJK]{ruby}




\parskip 3ex
\parindent 0pt


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    Version.}  \textbf{Für Details siehe den Abschnitt “`Wie lese ich
    dieses FAQ”‘.}

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and their answers in a convenient form.  \uline{The structure of this
  FAQ list has drastically changed since the last version.}
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Latex Beamer

http://www.math-linux.com has provided a blog posting telling us
How to make a presentation with Latex – Introduction to Beamer. Which is useful if you want to do that.

Now I know how to use columns, Woohoo!

Equations in graphics editor, LaTeX/Inkscape

Graphics editor Inkscape can understand Latex equations, using a plugin. This plugin seems pretty standard, it was installed in the inkscape version that is installed by debian package manager (debian squeeze). A message came on the screen the first time, and asked me to install a dependency (python-lxml) after that it works…. I can have equations (and greek letters easily!)

Now you can have beautiful equations and greek letters from LaTeX and insert them easily in re-scalable vector graphics images. They will match the text of your latex document.

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Detextify – Find latex symbols

This website (http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html) is really useful if you don’t know the markup/command for the LaTex symbol you want to write. Provided you are able to draw it.


The website talks about the software learning how to recognise the symbols so I guess it is using some neural network scheme.

Optimising your pdf file – latex dvips ps2pdf

For those wanting to distribute latex documents in pdf file format, it is possible to leave all optimisation of the file to the last step.

latex command generates dvi file.

dvips command generates ps file

ps2pdf command generates pdf file.

ps2pdf has a lot of possible options for file optimisation. The option -dPDFSETTINGS=
provides several sets of defaults to generate output similar to the acrobat distiller program in windows and mac (of course in linux you also have flexibility to specify every other option too if you wanted).

For example;

ps2pdf file.ps file.pdf generates big file

ps2pdf -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen file.ps file_screenoptimised.pdf generates small file suitable for reading on computer screen only

ps2pdf -dPDFSETTINGS=/ebook file.ps file_ebookoptimised.pdf generates slightly larger file with higher resolution graphics suitable for ebook readers

It is also possible to do this avoiding generating the ps file

Following linuxaria.com

After install ghostscript on your machine, then using following command;
gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/ebook -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -sOutputFile=output.pdf input.pdf

The following options are available for dPDFSETTINGS

-dPDFSETTINGS=/screen (screen-view-only quality, 72 dpi images)
-dPDFSETTINGS=/ebook (low quality, 150 dpi images)
-dPDFSETTINGS=/printer (high quality, 300 dpi images)
-dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress (high quality, color preserving, 300 dpi imgs)
-dPDFSETTINGS=/default (almost identical to /screen)