[pdftex] Story behind pdfpages request
beezaur at myhome.net
Wed Jun 25 10:09:43 CEST 2003
I apologize for once again "starting a new thread," if that is in fact
what is happening. I receive these messages as emails with no way to
reply to the list except as I am now. I have no way to maintain "thread
If you are interested, there is a small story behind my recent pdfpages
request, so read on. Otherwise, by all means, stop wasting your time.
As I mentioned, I was writing a report for work (a small engineering
company) that required some extras that I didn't know how to do. My
company uses Microsoft Word, but there have been tremendous problems
with getting the technical reports we write to work well. I have been
trying to get the company to switch to LaTeX, something which has worked
exceptionally well for me in school.
I got the OK to try a single experiment, a report for one job only. The
report for that job turned out to be a nightmare, with daily design
changes, even on the morning the report was due for review.
I am relatively new to LaTeX, but I do have some books on the topic and
a bunch of references from the web. I read through those materials for
several days to no avail. In the end, I tried this forum. The help I
received here was extremely rapid and of very high quality.
If my posts were annoyingly basic or seemed arrogant, then I sincerely
apologize. Sometimes I am not good with words, and I was in a
tremendous hurry to just make the thing work. I was as thorough as I
could be before posting - I did try the file that was included in my
last post, for example. I never intended to waste anyone's time, and I
am sorry if someone felt "used" or similar. I was in a real bind that
was fixed by advice found here. I truly appreciate that.
In the end I do not think that it was a waste of time. My report
"worked" - it was accepted at the office. LaTeX will now be used for
all of my reports and an increasing number of reports from others. I
would hope this group would see increased LaTeX use as a good thing. I
also received valuable information that I might not have found
otherwise. The little "experiment" at my work has opened many people's
eyes to something they never knew existed. I think there was an
abnormally large effect from the help offered in this case, both in
business and private use.
So, I thank you once more for your help, even if you are motivated to
A day without math is like a day without sunshine.
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