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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.
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
|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|
|9||The world of color||311|
|10||Using PostScript fonts||351|
|11||PostScript drivers and tools||413|
|B||Getting all the goodies||497|