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News from Around:
     Videos of the Grand Wizard
     Kern Shirt
     LaTeX Tutorial Days
     Recent Release: The 2007 TeX Live and TeX Collection
     Recent Release: PCTeX 6

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Videos of the Grand Wizard

Here are some videos from the early 1980's, showing Don Knuth teaching and explaining TeX. Those of you who were TeX pioneers may remember seeing Don demonstrate TeX. His fingers flew over the keyboard and beautiful documents would appear. For some of us, though, our fingers turned to lead while trying to type TeX commands and it took some time before anything useful appeared. The TeX system that existed before 1982 is no longer used. The "TeX82" system referred to in these pages was an old name for the TeX program we use today. The LaTeX macro package first appeared in 1982.

Kern shirt

Do you have difficulty explaining to your family and friends what you do with TeX and LaTeX? Here's a nifty aid which doubles as a fashion statement.

(forwarded by Peter Flynn)


An exciting project has been proposed by Lapo Mori: the LaTeXpedia project. This project will be sponsored by the Italian TeX users (GuIT) and will be wiki-based. Over the years several good resources have been developed, and it is always possible to use a search engine to find information about a LaTeX command or package. However, there is no one unified, online LaTeX reference. The LaTeXpedia will hopefully fill this gap.

Poll: LaTeX tutorial days

Last fall the United Kingdom TeX Users (UKTUG) sponsored a successful Day of LaTeX. Would you be interested in participating in a similar event if it were held near you? What topics would you like to see presented? Can you help organize? Contact the editors or post your ideas on the PracTeX Journal forum (or join the forum).

Recent release: The 2007 TeX Live and TeX Collection

TeX Live is an easy way to get up and running with TeX. It provides a comprehensive TeX system with binaries for most flavors of Unix, including GNU/Linux, and also Windows. It includes all the major TeX-related programs, macro packages, and fonts that are free software, including support for many languages around the world. For details on how to download the installation or to order CD/DVD's see The TeX Collection, page.

Recent release: PCTeX 6

PCTeX 6 was released in February. This new release offers several new LaTeX productivity tools, such as a graphics inclusion wizard, wizards for configuring document and package options, easy access to documentation, and more. For more information see the PCTeX web site.

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