A short post to describe my last LaTeX creation: a template file that allows to merge odd and even pages together, considering also the case of the reversed even pages. As usual there is a little edit area that make the process very fast, without requiring any knowledge of LaTeX and if you have a subscription in an online editor like Overleaf you can execute it in your internet browser.
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 external software and some compilations to fix the cuts. So I have written a new template to overcome these issues, thanks to TikZ and Overleaf or a local TeX editor with live update.
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 Clemente, can help in the description of mechanical problems related to (internally and externaly) loaded structures.
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 manage them from anywhere and on any device.
If you have to prepare your business (or visiting) card and you don't have enough time, you can try ticket.sty, a simple interface to produce these ones and other types as: labels for your files, stickers, pins and other stuff for your office, conferences etc. I put my version (with some hints and additions) of the template for business card.
Today, I will publish the template used for my thesis, it has been updated with the new glossaries package, cleaned and well commented. I think that it is still useful to writing this type of document and others and at the same time it contains some stimulus for reflection for whom is starting to elaborate complex books with table of contents, glossary and bibliography.
I publish the template which I used for the presentation of my Thesis, it could still be useful for write any types of presentation. Latex and Beamer gave me the faculty to focus my main attention on contents, avoiding the definition of color scheme and style. Beside the PDF output works in each PC and projector.
I made some experiments about the embedding of interactive 3D objects into PDF documents with LaTeX, but the results don't satisfy me. The big problem is localized in U3D conversion of my 3D content, whereas the writing of TEX file and compiling with pdflatex, once I had loaded the movie15 package and read the instructions, is very easy and fast.
There are two main items to include 3D graphics in your PDF documents: