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Thread: latex question

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19-May-10, 21:00
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Hi Satchi, I use Texniccenter to compile my Latex code, I lloked at a few others but liked the operation of this the best. The only slight disadvantage I see of Latex (as opposed to Word) is that it isn't WYSIWIG so you have to compile it to a PDF before you can see what it looks like but I would rather that than spend the night pulling my hair out (I haven't got much as it is) trying to work out why Word insists in moving things or changing things I haven't told it to.
The book I downloaded is "the not so short introduction to Latex" by Tobias Oetiker, you can download it. This gives a good introduction to Latex, for any other problems I get stuck with I just search directly online and generally come up with an answer within a couple of minutes.
As others have said, if you in an engineering/ maths/science field you should see the benefits with equations and the likes , if not for me the formatting consistency still out weighs having to learn how to use some new software.
Give it a go and just shout if I can help with anything
Max

Thread: latex question

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19-May-10, 12:03
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Hi Satchi, not sure about the compatibility between Mac and PC but I would have thought they should be. I started using Latex in November and although I am still learning I would say it took about a week to get to a point where I was fairly comfortable using it ( I am part time so thats not a week of actual work, I would say probably half a day or so if I was on it all the time. I wouldn't go back to Word now (unless its just to type a quick note where the formatting doesn't matter. But as far as prodcing a professional looking report for me Latex wins hands down, I am no longer wrestling with Words "Features" that we all know and love.
Give it a go you may be converted you never know.
If you want to know anything else let me know
Max

Thread: Quick Survey to Complete

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18-May-10, 09:55
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Hi Eve, as a bit of extra information for your survey, I met my now wife on a chat room, we have been married for 2.5 years and have a 2 year old daughter, so it is possible for people to meet genuine people on-line, just thought this may give you a bit of extra detail
Max
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Thread: LaTeX vs Word

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14-May-10, 11:15
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Hi CB , I use Texnicenter and find it pretty good, I had a look at some of the other compilers but opted for Texnicenter. Its teh same as any new software it takes a bit of getting used to but once you have got the hang of it its not too bad. There are some very good guides on line, but I generally just search for the particular function online when I get stuck, I generally find the answer reasonably easily. As I said I am learning myself but if there is anything you get stuck on with Texnicener drop me a mail and I will try and help out.
All the best
Max

Thread: LaTeX vs Word

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12-May-10, 17:01
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Hi Cb , I am still a relative newcomer to Latex but find it is much better than Word. After spending more time messing with formatting trying to get my Lit review done I decided to give Latex a try. I am still learning when it comes to adding graphics, tables equations etc but am getting better the more I use it. It is good to be able to just concentrate on the content not the formatting. Give it a try and see how you get on, I won't be going back to Word ay time soon, except for at work where I don't have a choice.
Good luck
Max

Thread: Question for any Latex Texniccenter Users

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16-Apr-10, 13:13
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Just managed to find the problem, it was the project path was still set to the old file.
Thanks
Max

Thread: Question for any Latex Texniccenter Users

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16-Apr-10, 12:07
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Thanks Mathkitty, I have ben working sinc I put my post without any problems, until I just tried to run Bibtex and I know get the same problem again (the PDF is the previous document I was working on). The current ile I am using is a template I have just downloaded so it is the form of tex files not a project, is this possibly what is causing my issues do I need to convert this into a project?
Thanks for any advice you can offer
Max

Thread: Question for any Latex Texniccenter Users

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16-Apr-10, 10:35
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Can someone help me out , I am trying to set up a new write up and am getting strange things happening when I am trying to compile the files. Soemtims Texniccenter compiles the file I am working on and shows the corrct PDF file, I then mae an amendnment in one of the chapters and try compiling the main file again and thee PDf that is shown is that of an old project that I don't even hav open. A I doing something stupid (probably) or is this a known "feature" of Latex / Texniccenter. Pleas can someone give me some pointers as it is doing my head in, I sat down with good intentions of getting some writing done this morning and the only thing constructive I have managed is this post.
Thanks
Max

Thread: Excel Alternative

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22-Mar-10, 21:01
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posted about 9 years ago
Hi Superman, thanks for the reply, I have just downloaded it and at first glance it looks pretty good:-). I will give it a go and see how I get on.
Max

Thread: Excel Alternative

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22-Mar-10, 19:58
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Hi , I have several data sets with three columns of approximately 5000 cells each. I need to be able to plot graphs for these data sets and do some simple analysis on the results, can anyone suggest an alternative to Excel as I don't like the way the latest version has been designed. Are there any open source / freeware versions that may be more intuitive. Thanks
Max

Thread: Hello everyone- introduction and tips for beginning

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19-Mar-10, 12:31
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Can I ask a question to Teek, I am also studying in a scientific area (electronic engineering) and use a standard log book. I recently went on a introduction training day and was advised against using a log book as by the time you get more than a few months in you will end up with several log books where the information is in date order rather than being in subject order (as would be possible if using aring binder with loose leaves). Do you find you have any difficulty finding info that you may have written several months or maybe a few years earlier, do you use some sort of index system? I have spoken to someone who uses One Note (this then has the ability to search electronically within entries) but am slightly cautious about using a totally electronic note taking format in case of lost data ( i know backups will help but there is always a chance of forgetting to back up just before a crash happens). I would be interested on your thoughts

Ps Sorry for slightly highjacking this thread
Thanks
Max
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Thread: What subject areas are others working in

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06-Mar-10, 13:32
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I didn't say in my initial post what I am doing, I am based in the electronic engineering department, but there is a fair bit of cross over into the physiscs department. I am part time researching the method of testing the electromagnetic interference produced by cars.

Thread: What subject areas are others working in

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05-Mar-10, 16:35
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As a new member of this group I find it interesting reading the posts, especially about motivation/ getting things done. What I would be interested in knowing is what areas other people are working in. The majority of posts where a subject is hinted at seem to come from arts/ humanities type subjects. Are there any other engineers on here. Having an idea of the "expertise" people have would be helpful to know if any problems I encounter may be able to be answered by someone on here. This may have already been covered in other posts, but as I said I am relatively new on here and most of the regular posters seem to have a good idea what each other is doing.
Thanks
Max:-)

Thread: Referencing Images

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10-Feb-10, 07:01
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Someone put a post on the other day about whether you should reference images used in your write up. The overall consensus seemed to be yes. My question is how do others actually do it. I am fine with making references to papers that I have used quotes etc from, but how do I do it with an image. Should I just put a line underneath stating where it is from ?
Also does anyone know what the situation with using images from copyright material such as British Standard documents, do I have to get permission to use them or can I just use them with an appropriate reference. I need to illustrate a couple of points in my write up and the only suitable diagrams are in a BS document.
Hope someone can shed some light on this for me.
Thanks
Max
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Thread: Feeling out of my depth

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29-Jan-10, 10:11
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I think that is where some of the snowed under feeling is coming from, I have changed subjects slightly, my degree was in electronics but I am now studying a branch away from pure electronics. Although I work in the area I am studying my work is very much practical, I know how things are done but don't necessarily fully understand the theory behind why they are done. This is where I think I will find myself doing lots of reading. I think to a certain extent the fact that a PHd is a lot more specialised than a first degree will lead to it feeling very different. I am assuming that most people probably come into their first few terms with a massive learning curve to expand on the basic fundamental knowledge of the subject they may have (or is this just wishful thinking on my behalf)
I am sure I will get to grips with it, just have to put up with the "exploding head" feelings for now.
Max:-s
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