Ju Sun (孙举)

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It's All About $\TeX$!

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A couple of things happened to \(\TeX\) and \(\LaTeX\) recently.

The first one comes about the “Father” of Tex, Prof. Emeritus Donald E. Knuth, gossiping about making an earthshaking announcement in TUG 2010 Conference.  He has actually advertised a nice name for successor of Tex. Guess what? iTex … Hope this gentleman hasn’t turned to an apple fan, provided his character of full of humors.

Record: An Earthshaking announcement by Prof. Knuth

Secondly Texmaker has released its 2.0 version (July 30th, 2010), featuring a built-in previewer. Nowadays there are at least dozens of ways to do previewing in Latex editing, most of which don’t require reopening the viewer. Since I’m accustomed to PdfLatex, several combinations that I have tested and work fine are as below.

  1. (Win) Texmaker/Winedt + Sumatra PDF

  2. (Linux) Texmaker/Gedit (with Latex plugin) + Evince

  3. (Win/Linux) Texworks with built-in previewer

  4. (Win/Linux) Texmaker with built-in previewer (New!)

  5. (Linux) Eclipse (TeXlipse) + Evince

Sumatra PDF viewer is an excellent lightweight open-source PDF viewer for Windows and should be recommended to all (the catch is it’s a disaster for printing).  Getting down to our business, I have tried to install  Texmaker 2.0 on my Ubuntu laptop (with v1.99 installed) as follows:

$ wget http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/texmaker_2.0-1_i386.deb
$ sudo apt-get remove texmaker
$ sudo apt-get autoremove
$ sudo dpkg -i texmaker_2.0-1_i386.deb

It is much faster than previous versions and the previewer is really cool! The only catch with the installation is to ensure executing autoremove after removing previous versions (line 2 & 3), otherwise errors will be encountered.  I guess this is because some significant changes have to be made to the underlying engine to facilitate the previewing.

To close with some logistic things: I have changed the theme of this blog to make more place for text, and hopefully this pleases your eyes while reading.