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Tag: LaTex

2-cent tip: IEEE PDFeXpress compatible PDF file

This is a borrowed 2-cent tip from a source I now don’t recall. (Kindly comment if it was YOU). My apologies in advance for not remembering you.

To create IEEE PDF eXpress compatble PDF files from your LaTex sources: (on Linux)

  1. Create the .dvi file: $ latex  paper.tex
  2. DVI to PS: $  dvips -Ppdf -G0 -tletter paper.dvi
  3. PS to PDF:  ps2pdf -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress paper.pdf

And you should be good to go.


2-cent tip: BibTex to bibitem format

I learnt this tip from:

Just putting it up here on my space, so as to replicate this awesomely useful tip so that I can quickly refer here when I need it and also for Google-fu to find it so that it may save some time for you, reader:


Create a refs.bib file with all the BibTex entries, which are easily available from Google Scholar or similar

Create a “dummy” .tex file with the following entries:


Now, do the following:

$ latex dummy
$ bibtex dummy
$ bibtex dummy
$ latex dummy

You will see a dummy.bbl file containing all your BibTex entries in \bibitem format.

LaTex in your WordPress posts

  • A circle at centre (0,0) with radius 0.0 or a point in 2D?:
    • x^2 + y^2 = 0
  • How beautiful are you? Golden ratio:
    • \phi = \frac {(1+\sqrt{5})}{2} \approx{1.6180..}

No trivial trivia this post, but just a sample post to try out LaTex in WordPress. See here for help.

‘Typesetting’ Presentations with Beamer

Do you use LaTeX for your document processing requirements? Then why switch to any other application when you need to create presentations? Try Beamer instead.

My article on Beamer is out in the November, 2009 issue of Linux For You. By next month, the article will be available at If you want to take a look at it, email me and I might be able to share a personal copy.