1. Simon Drew

    Thanks Tom,

    I’m grateful for the hints and tutorials you provide -always well-written and informative.

    I would be interested in hearing your views as an expert: since LaTeX is so good at certain typographical tasks that it almost defines the expected standard layout, are there any areas that in your opinion are best left to a word processor? In other words, when do you find working with LaTeX becomes a pain in the neck?

    • Hi Simon,

      Thanks for your question. I would say it largely depends on your level and the amount of time and effort you have or are willing to invest. There are many topics which I am not familiar with. For example, I have only just started to learn TikZ and it takes me quite some time to come up with something reasonably nice. Also, I experienced problems with templates from certain journals. The problem there is that you can’t really change them and sometimes it may be easier to just use a word processor. I use LaTeX whenever possible and when I get stuck, I almost always find a solution somewhere on the internet.

      Best, Tom.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out to SpanDeX, Tom!

    In response to the above comment, I should also note that SpanDeX has some built in resources – for example, everything on the UK TeX FAQ and the NASA LaTeX FAQ are searchable from within SpanDeX, and we also have some homegrown help resources.

    Keep on rockin’!


  3. Tom Walton

    Hi Tom – a nice concise list with some good quality links, thanks 🙂

    Have you seen the recent updates at http://www.writelatex.com – they’ve added new examples, and seem to have increased the speed of the preview rendering, so it’s become really handy for preparing presentations. It’s what I’ve started using for collaborating online with colleagues.

    All the best,
    Tom (W)

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