The LaTeX Graphics Companion: Illustrating Documents with TeX and Postscript / Edition 1

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LaTeX documents, and answers common user questions about graphics and PostScript fonts. It provides the first full description of the standard LaTeX color and graphics packages, and shows how you can combine TeX and PostScript capabilities to produce beautifully illustrated pages. Following the successful format of The LaTeX Companion, this new book will be an invaluable LaTeX resource for incorporating pictures into text.

You will learn how to:

  • Incorporate graphic files into a LaTeX document
  • Program technical diagrams using several different languages
  • Produce color pictures
  • Achieve special effects with fragments of embedded PostScript
  • Make high-quality musical scores and games diagrams

You will find detailed descriptions of:
  • Important packages like XYPIC, PSTricks, and METAPOST
  • The standard LaTeX color and graphics packages
  • PostScript fonts and how to use them in LaTeX
  • The dvips dvi to PostScript driver
  • Ghostscript, the free interpreter that lets you view or print
    PostScript files, even if you do not have a PostScript printer

The authors examine a number of packages that extend or modify LaTeX's basic illustration features, and present hundreds of examples of useful solutions to graphics and font problems. In addition to packages for general drawing, the book also presents specific tools for mathematicians, physicists, chemists, engineers, and for people interested in games and music typesetting.

All the packages and programs described in this book are freely available in public software archives, and the source code for all examples has beenplaced on CTAN, the TeX archives. (Details in Appendix B)

Complementing The Latex Companion, this new graphics companion book addresses one of the most common needs among users of the LaTeX typesetting system: the incorporation of graphics into text. In addition to packages for general drawing, the book also describes more specific tools for mathematicians, physicists, chemists, engineers, and people interested in business graphics, games and music typesetting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201854695
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
  • Publication date: 4/3/1997
  • Series: Addison-Wesley Series on Tools and Techniques
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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PREFACE: LaTex is a generic typesetting system that uses Tex as its formatting engine. This companion is a detailed guide through the visible and not-so-visible beauties of LaTex. As such, it is a comprehensive treatise of those points not fully discussed in Leslie Lamport's LaTex: A Document Preparation System (henceforth referred to as the LaTex book)  49 .Extensions to basic LaTex, as described in that book, are discussed, so that the LaTex book, together with this companion, provide a ready reference to the full functionality of the LaTex system.

Due to its flexibility, ease of use, and professional typographic quality, LaTex is presently used in almost all areas of science and the humanities. Unlike many word processors, LaTex (and its underlying formatting engine Tex) comes free of charge and is not linked to any particular computer architecture or operating system. Since LaTex source files are plain text files, it is possible to ship them, and the packages referenced, from any computer to any other computer in the world (over electronic networks or via normal mail). The recipient will be able to obtain a final output copy identical to the one generated at the sender's site, independently of the hardware used. Thus members of groups, geographically spread over several sites in different countries, or even on different continents, can now work together in composing complex documents where different parts can be dealt with by different individuals, and then brought together without problems. Moreover, the use of electronic manuscripts has the potential to speed up the publication of papers by publishers.

LaTex is not difficult to learn and a beginnercan benefit from the system after reading through the first few chapters of Leslie Lamport's LaTex book, the basic reference on LaTex. After some experience, you will probably have to solve some more advanced problems whose solution cannot be found directly in that book. If you are one of those users who would like to know how LaTex can be extended to create the nicest documents possible without becoming a (La)Tex guru

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Table of Contents

1 Graphics with LATEX 1
2 The LATEX 2[subscript [epsilon]] graphics bundle 27
3 Working with METAFONT and METAPOST 53
4 Harnessing PostScript inside LATEX: the PSTricks package 95
5 The Xy-pic package 167
6 Applications in chemistry, physics, and engineering 205
7 Preparing music scores 253
8 Playing games 277
9 The world of color 311
10 Using PostScript fonts 351
11 PostScript drivers and tools 413
A Technical appendixes 463
B Getting all the goodies 497
Bibliography 511
Index 517
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