[texhax] help please!
karl at freefriends.org
Thu Mar 18 16:07:41 CET 2004
My boss wants me to use TeX to format one of his equation-filled
articles on general relativity by Friday (yes, really!).
For a discussion of conversion programs, take a look at
http://tug.org/utilities/texconv/pctotex.html (which list includes the
word2tex program previously mentioned). I don't think anything
automated will do a 100% job, but it would probably be a lot better than
starting from scratch.
just filled out TUG's online application in order to get the TeX Live
software, but I see it might take 2 weeks before anyone even
acknowledges my application.
Actually, we should reply right away. The only reason it might take a
few days is because of vacations. I should probably change the text.
If you haven't heard back already, please tell me.
So I would like to know the following:
- Does anyone in your group process Word documents into TeX
format for a little side money? :-)
You might look at http://tug.org/consultants.html and try to hire
someone from there. I don't mean to be negative, but a Friday deadline
sounds impossible, if you're starting with no TeX experience and a
document with lots of equations.
- If not, can I go ahead and download TeX Live? Is it easy to
use for the non-scientist who enjoys easy software programs and doesn't
want to be challenged in a TeXy way?
No, TeX Live is not a standard Windows application. Although we do our
best, TeX is simply not "easy" when starting with only GUI/Windows sort
BTW, you don't really need all of TeX Live to do the job at hand. If
you want to try downloading something, I suggest www.fptex.org (which is
included in TL), or www.miktex.org as another respondent suggested.
However, simply installing TeX is usually challenging. Then *using* it
to get those equations right and everything else will be another.
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