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LaTeX Template #3

It has been a while since I updated my geeky category, so here’s my newest \LaTeX template. I have used it for Retriever and Axis 95/11 print outs, and they came out pretty nicely. Since the other day someone stumbled around here searching for book templates, I thought it might be cool show you the latest ones.

Features

  • Font: Knuth’s Computer Modern, 11 pt
  • Double-spaced lines
  • Paginated: arabic page numbers, centred on the footer
  • Variable margins, customizable
  • 9″ x 6″ size, customizable
  • Title page (Title, Author and [deactivated] Date)
  • Complex Headers, customizable
    • Odd page, left: Author’s name
    • Odd page, right: Chapter [#]
    • Even page, left: Author’s name
    • Even page, right: Book’s title
  • Prologue and Epilogue with according headers
  • Table of contents with Prologue – Chapter [#] : [Chapter’s title] – Epilogue structure and page numbers
  • English language, customizable
  • Graphics activated
  • Blindext filling (easy removal)
  • Customized indentations: command and environment
  • Preamble organized in blocks for easy customization
  • Turn off personalized headers
  • Turn off TOC customization
  • Tables and frames
  • Math symbols & equation environments (deactivated)
  • Hyperlinks codes (deactivated)

 

Check it out here

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LaTeX Template #2

Here’s a new \LaTeX template that I’ve been working on. One of my main goals was to be able to 100% personalize headers, and here’s the result.

Current features

  • Font: Knuth’s Computer Modern, 12 pt
  • Double-spaced lines
  • Paginated, page numbers, centered on the footer
  • One-inch margins
  • A-sized paper
  • Title page (Title and Author)
  • Complex Headers (italics)
    • Odd page, left: Author’s name
    • Odd page, right: Chapter [#]
    • Even page, left: Author’s name
    • Even page, right: Book’s title
  • Prologue and Epilogue with according headers
  • Table of contents with Prologue – Chapter [#] : [Chapter’s title] – Epilogue structure and page numbers
  • English language
  • Graphics activated
  • Lorem ipsum filling
  • Customized “flashback” environment: Indented and italized
  • Dedication page
  • Preamble organized in blocks for easy customization

 
Customizable features

  • Change font size
  • Title and Author’s name
  • Titlepage: toggle date
  • Change paper and margin size (prepared to be compatible with CreateSpace requirements [link])
  • Turn on landscape orientation
  • Set chapter 0
  • Generate glossary
  • Change language
  • Set hyphenation patterns
  • Turn off personalized headers
  • Turn off TOC customization
  • Tables and frames
  • Math symbols & equation environments
  • Change line spacing to single or 1.5
  • Activation of hyperlinks
  • Erase the filling by commenting or deleting \lipsum commands
  • Use Time New Romans font

 
Preview

      
 

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License

Creative Commons License
The template is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

MS Word, Word2Tex and LaTeX formatting

There’s little doubt among the experts geeks that \LaTeX makes the prettiest pdfs out there. It however might not be the most speedy tool, especially during NaNoWriMo.

During NaNo 2009 I used both OpenOffice for Ubuntu and MSWord for Windows, and I’m guilty of loving my formatting keyboard shortcuts (italics, bolds and so on). I used word2latex to convert the doc to a tex, but my quirks needed a few previous arrangements (using search & replace):

  . → .\\
  .\\{blankspace} → .{blankspace}
  .\\” → .”\\

  ? → ?\\
  ?\\” →?”\\
  ?\\{blankspace}→ ?{blankspace}

  ! → !\\
  !\\” →!”\\
  !\\{blankspace}→ !{blankspace}

  → …\\
  …\\” → …”\\

  “\\{blankspace} → “{blankspace}

And once in the .tex file (using search & replace again):

  \dots → {\ldots}

This satisfied my formatting likings, and even if the document needed a revision for any conversion errors or slips, I was pretty happy with the result:



The following link yields to a template created from all the formatting options I chose for the CreateSpace book, ready to be copied and pasted on a \LaTeX editor (tested for MiKTeX, LED and Kile):

Cover

The cover image was made using the “antique photograph” filter on Gimp from an actual photograph. The backcover building design was created with GoogleSketcher.
Title Font: Trebuchet Trebuchet MS Bold Italic:
    Spine: size 60, color #ffffff
    backcover: size 40, color #adadad
    frontcover: size 100, color: lava 10×10