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How to create PDF documents and write in LaTex?

  1. Nov 25, 2004 #1


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    What do I need to do to be able to create PDF documents and be able to write in LaTex in them like on this forum?

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    One way is to write text in MS Word or other word processor, do equations in a LaTeX interpreter, and copy the equations and paste them as a bitmap into the Wordprocessor text file.

    If Adobe Acrobat is installed and integrated properly, one should be able to convert the Word (or other wordprocessor) file into a pdf. This is the method I use at work.

    Or one can do text and equations in LateX, but I don't know if the file can then be imported into Acrobat.
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    Try using pdflatex. Instead of rendering to a dvi file, it renders to a pdf.
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    If you want to write something that is mathematically-intensive, use LaTeX directly, not any other kind of word processor. Then process the document with pdflatex, as graphic7 advises. LaTeX is not just a formula writer; you can write whole articles, papers, books,... with it.
  7. Dec 5, 2004 #6
    Type your paper in a text editor and save it with the extension .tex You can then compile this source file to a DVI file by typing

    latex <filename.tex>

    The DVI can be converted to a pdf file by using dvipdfm:

    dvipdfm <filename.dvi>
  8. Dec 6, 2004 #7
    you could get a mac... Os X has system wide save as PDF :-)
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