(German blog post: on TeXwelt.de)
The first part starts with a new package, that even old hands often did not use yet: scrlayer, for page layouts based on layers. The concise summary with examples quickly shows how it can be used as a layout tool, and almost imperceptibly I tried something new, instead of the proven scrpage2 or good old fancyhdr. The article deals with the task of implementing a specific corporate design within LaTeX.
Marei Peischl
Just a few pages provide a time saving overview about modern tools to meet challenges of layout and design requirements. After reading this article, one can directly implement a corporate design, with the help of the packages reference manuals. I just think it would have been good idea to add an explicit hint how to access package manuals and documentation, such as locally by texdoc, or online at http://texdoc.net or http://ctan.org by entering the package name in the search field. On the other hand, a user should already know this, and the tutorial aims at broadening the skills of proficient users.
In that sense the next parts will also deal with advanced topics:
The iX 1/2018 is available for just a few days, if not sold out already, as it appeared Dec 21 last year. So, of interested, take a quick view at the newspaper kiosk. In addition, one can download the whole article (or the whole iX issue) here: Textsatz: Automatisierte Dokumentenverarbeitung mit LaTeX, Teil 1: Corporate Design erstellen (direct link: the shop). In a few days (I guess Jan 21) the new issue will arrive in the newspaper kiosk – then with a LaTeX3 article.
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I was surprised to see only 12 upvotes and just 362 page views. That’s all by StackExchange?
So I added a bounty, to get it on the “featured” tab. Who will get those 500 points? I decided to award them to the next one who becomes a new TUG member. She or he just needs to add an answer there so I can put the bounty there.
Just one day left, the bounty ends tomorrow, on Monday.
But the most important – Jim’s answer follows.
A summary of the general aims of TUG:
To ensure the integrity and portability of TeX, LaTeX, Metafont and
related systems.
To foster innovation in high-quality electronic document preparation.
The most important reason to join TUG is to support these goals.
Members receive:
TeX Collection software: ready-to-run TeX systems including TeX Live for all major platforms and many Unix architectures, MacTeX for MacOSX (based on TeX Live), proTeXt for Windows (based on MiKTeX), and a CTAN snapshot (available in the member area).
Discounts: TUG is a tax-exempt charitable organization in the United States so donations and some membership dues are tax deductible, there are also discounted conference fees, discounted membership rates for students, seniors, and citizens of countries with modest economies, discounted membership rates for institutional members that may name up to eight individual members, discounts on the purchase of Lucida fonts and other items from the TUG store, discounts on books from many publishers (and bookplates), and discounts on WinEdt registration.
Reciprocal membership arrangements are currently available with many other user groups
Members also support:
The TeX Development Fund: created in 2003 to aid growth of TeX-related technical projects
The
TUG Bursary Fund for financial assistance for attending TUG conferences
Mailing lists on a variety of TeXnical subjects
(This is an edited version of the TUG home page; see there for more.)
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and many more, that I posted in the here in the LyX forum on LaTeX.org.
Check it out! It’s a release candidate, so still for testing only.
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The TL Cockpit
For details and screenshots, visit Norbert Preining’s announcement.
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Check out the details of the books, on the publisher’s page or for example at LaTeX-Cookbook.net.
That’s the link to the sale: https://www.packtpub.com/all?search=latex
]]>People with LaTeX T-Shirt are everywhere. Well, in our DANTE LaTeX part of the camp at the Lamarr field. We built a lot of tents around the large LaTeX workshop tent. We uses space blankets for protecting the tent from sun heat and from light, to be able to see beamer presentations.
It all looks safe (fire extinguishers every few meters, for example) and clean, there’s a food court with a variety of things, huge speaker tents, a ball pit, a stuffed animal pit full of cuddle toys, an inflatable bounce house, a farm of inflatable animals, so pretty much all what’s needed.
Doris is prepared for an introduction workshop, I’m prepared for a few possible workshops about TeX hacking and graphics programming. Fo many graphics seen on TeX-talk.net, TikZ.de, and on TeXample.net, I can explain how we can create them.
Some stories may come later, just want to let blog readers know – we are TeXing anyway.
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The joint membership was not automatically renewed, so it happened that I kept my DANTE subscription but not the TUG one. Now that’s fixed.
Especially the electronic membership is very affordable and supports the TeX Users Group and their aims in supporting and developing TeX. It saves the cost of shipping paper journals around the world, while we can download them.
By the way, students, new graduates, and seniors have reduced membership dues, just $35 with the discount for electronic-only / paperless membership (originally $75).
If also you are interested joining TUG, here is some information:
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The camp is organized by international hacker communities. About 3500 tickets have been sold already. According to the home page, there are only 191 tickets left available . Does anybody want to come too? Be quick.
The camp is very family friendly. So I am going together with my 2 young hackers and my partner.
DANTE will be there, with some TeX-Friends. We will build up a big tent, bring anything that we think may be useful, plan talks and workshops and we will be available for anybody who’s interested in TeX and LaTeX.
DANTE provided 6 tickets, so we can represent DANTE and LaTeX there. One free ticket is still available, if anybody wants to join us: Post a comment here, edit the LaTeX Wiki page, or write a mail to Doris (see the village page for contact). This is us: Doris, Moss, Martin, Jonas, Stefan.
For further information, visit:
And if you would be there anyway, visit us!
A first impression from starting the build-up, seen @SHA2017:
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It’s called “ Spritzkuchen” or “Spritzring”. I thought of it when I was toying with TikZ and pgfplots. It’s similar to a twisted torus. Today I dealt with it again, when writing on the French TeX question and answer site TeXnique.fr, with the help of my French TeX friends Patrick Bideault and Denis Bitouzé.
Before I come to code and explanation, here are some of the steps and images in the construction process, using pgfplots.
Let’s get a representative cross section. In polar coordinates, the sine function sin(x) gives a circle, sin(3x) are three leaves, we add a bit radius (1.25) as piece in the middle. This gives us the function sin(3x) + 1.25 in polar coordinates:
We embed it in the space, such as in the xy plane with z=0 as (x,y,z)(t) = ( cos(t)(sin(3t)+1.25), sin(t)(sin(3t) + 1.25), 0 ):
Or differently turned:
We can move it straight through the space for example by drawing in the xz plane and let y run linearly: (x,y,z)(t) = ( cos(t)(sin(3t)+1.25), t, sin(t)(sin(3t)+1.25) ). In space it looks this way:
But we want to turn it. Moving it in a circle in space, we use a torus map, such as:
x(t,s) = (2+cos(t))cos(s+pi/2)
y(t,s) = (2+cos(t))sin(s+pi/2)
z(t,s) = sin(t)
We connect it with our original function:
x(t,s) = (6+(sin(3t)+1.25)cos(t))cos(s)
y(t,s) = (6+(sin(3t)+1.25)cos(t))sin(s)
z(t,s) = (sin(3t)+1.25)sin(t)
Here is a half section, moved half a turn:
And fully rotated:
And now to the twist. We can twist it by adding a multiple oft t resp. y to the argument of the function. So we achieve a rotation with growing y value:
Not that we did the math and the TeX, let’s frame it. Music: from the Soundtrack of “Independence Day”, as today is the 4th of July and I hang around in the US, in Miami, Florida
Ok, code or it didn’t happen.
All the code and the explanation can be read here – it developed over time:
Follow the links above for information and download, further notes are