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Crop and split a PDF online just editing a quick template in LaTeX

How to crop and split a PDF online and in LaTeX but without using it

Every time I have to break iteratively a series of pages in a PDF document or just to crop the white pieces, I need to use different software and to find manually the coordinates of the sections to cut and then adjust my old LaTeX template. It is an extenuating procedure that requires the use of… more
LaTeX and 2D structural mechanics diagrams

LaTeX and 2D structural mechanics diagrams

Sometimes it's necessary to add to your reports several drawings in order to facilitate the comprehension of the calculus and data. LaTeX can solve this issue without using any external software but only through the Graphics packages. I show you how TikZ-MEC, a custom library written by Francesco… more
Latest features in Blender for CAD users

Latest features in Blender for CAD users

Recently it was released the 2.68 version of Blender, but already from the previous one there are an interesting feature and two useful addons for architectural measuring and modelling in 2D: Ruler/Protractor, Edge Tools VTX, Edge Tools, ArchimeshNEW and Window Generator 2NEW. Let me introduce them… more
Multi-language in LaTeX with comment package

Multi-language with comment package

Do you want to keep a document with more languages and/or optional sections and maybe being able to turn on/off them whether necessary? The Comment package is the answer to these questions! I show you in WriteLaTeX how to set it with a practical template.Following the thread: Is it possible to keep… more
Sure, with Blender it can be done!

Sure, with Blender it can be done!

Thinking about the wide array of features that Blender has, almost competitive with many commercial 3D suites, I want to transform a 2D old project into a complete 3D model and much more. After collecting a lot of howtos, video, tips and so on, it's time to learn on how I can use it to improve and… more
LaTeX online? WriteLaTeX of course!

LaTeX online? WriteLaTeX of course!

I would never have imagined that I could type a TeX file, view its real-time preview, download the resulting PDF, share it and much more in the Cloud... Yet using WriteLatex it is possible, also without a registration. That's amazing! Finally I can not only edit my templates on the net, but also I… more
Analysis of in situ data with IPython notebook

Analysis of in situ data with IPython

Some time ago I was responsible for a geotechnical report about a retaining wall in a lagoon. I only had a field of measures made up of: 6 CPTUs, 1 DTM and 3 soil samples. Hey a large amount of data! In that occasion I used a commercial software and a spreadsheet application, because the time was… more
A bash script multi-tool and easy editable

A bash script multi-tool and easy editable

I happen very often to convert/resize/rename a directory of files, so sometimes I can fix manually file by file or if there are many of the ones, I can modify an existent bash for accelerating the process. However it is a waste of time the changing the whole file to adapt it at the new commands (… more
Related Content in Drupal 7 using Views

Related Content in Drupal 7 using Views

After some boring tests and three different types of tutorial that have never been able to work on my site, finally I have found the best compromise for me: a related content based on the taxonomy and placed as a block above the comments field. Here is my Views settings and how to insert the… more
PROCAD 2.60 in Blender 2.49b: installation

PROCAD 2.60 in Blender 2.49b: installation

After importing DXF in Blender, some problems start immediately because the common commands present in any CAD don't exist in Blender, or simply aren't so simply to use as in the classical drawing software. Where is the offset? How can I put the quotas? And so on... Fortunately there is PROCAD that… more