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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Installing MS TrueType core fonts on Linux

Instructions obtained from:

  1. Install cabextract and fedora-rpmdevtools:
    $ sudo yum install cabextract fedora-rpmdevtools

  2. Create the build tree:
     $ fedora-buildrpmtree 

  3. Get the SPEC file:
     $ cd ~/rpmbuild/SPEC && wget 

  4. Get the fonts and create the RPM package:
     $ rpmbuild -bb msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec 

  5. Install the fonts package:
     $ sudo rpm -ivh ../RPMS/noarch/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.noarch.rpm 

Restart any running application to use the new fonts.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Making slides in LaTeX using the Beamer package

Prosper is excellent - no doubt about that. But this package also has some promising features and a very, very slick look and feel. Take a looksie at the samples and tutorial here. It also works with pdflatex.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Using LaTeX expressions in Xfig

This is a really cool method to get those awesome LaTeX expressions working with Xfig figures.

Before you enter a mathematical expression, make sure to turn "Special Flags" to "special" under "Text Flags".

Complete your figure with the drawings and don't forget to enter your expressions in math mode (i.e. $...$).

Save the figure as a *.fig file.

Now, export the figure using the "combined PS/LaTeX (both parts)" language.

Next, make a file name_of_fig.tex and put this in it:


Run LaTeX.

You will have a name_of_fig.dvi file.

Run the following to convert to *.eps:

[silverstreak@localhost]$ dvips -E name_of_file.dvi -o name_of_file.eps

You can now include this in your LaTeX document using the usual method.