LaTeX macro writing is our primary activity.
style files that we produce are used for
book and journal production, database publishing, software
documentation, slides, and other custom applications. Macro sets
may include PostScript code for design elements
and color, and/or PDFmark commands
used to generate sophisticated PDF.
Macro Packages for Books and Journals
LaTeX Templates for Authors
We produce a complete LaTeX package for publishers of books and
journals, to be used by many authors, following the specifications provided by the publishing
We can implement ANY
using the combination of LaTeX and PostScript -- and encourage
adventurous designers to make use of this flexibility.
Samples of some styles we've implemented are found here:
Macro Set documentation distributed in PDF:
Wiley Handbook Documentation for Authors
The author template package includes:
LaTeX class file implementing the specified style
PostScript font file that authors may customize
Sample file demonstrating each new macro written
Template file to make entering the commands easy for authors
Documentation in PDF.
These files may
be made available to the authors for download from the publishers' website.
Author support is
an optional service,
since some authors may have additional requirements
for customization of the macro set, or may need some assistance with
questions that they may have in the process of producing their
Production Staff Support
We offer support to the production staff as well,
as they need additional help, or
want to add new features to their macro sets, or implement
a new book style.
Macro sets we have produced have been used for years
& Sons Publishers,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond,
and many other organizations. The American
commissioned the AGUTeX
package, a two-column journal style to be used by eight AGU journals
and AGU authors world wide.
for a client list and more information.
LaTeX Used for Generation of Sophisticated PDF
LaTeX is well known as one of the finest text formatters
available. This characteristic combined with LaTeX's ability
to include PostScript and PDFmark coding in its macros
makes LaTeX ideal as an engine for producing PDF.
Combining LaTeX with PDF has obvious advantages.
All of the features found in PDF:
of cross reference terms, index terms, and the table of contents,
annotation and searchable text, and with other interactive
soon, Flash animation (Flash interpreter embedded in Acrobat Version 9 and later),
may be used, while LaTeX features,
such as elegant math, and complex tables, automated bibliography
and index production, are still available.
See E-Publishing for sample E-Documents and Discussion.
Custom Macro Packages
We enjoy a challenge, and welcome requests for macro packages
that take advantage of the LaTeX/PostScript/PDF partnership.
If you have an idea of an unmet need where these tools might be useful,
please get in touch to discuss it.
Starting with an Acrobat or HTML form and parsing it
to make a LaTeX document is useful for database publishing
or on-the-fly report generation of any variety.
Here are only some of the possibilities:
Automating the building of large custom documents, which can also
have a hyperlinked table of contents, cross referencing, links to
on-line material, and automatically generated index with hyperlinked
Automate the building of graphical data representation. Input to
the form may be numbers or math that can then be used to
generate PostScript graphics on the fly. An example might be
medical lab results represented graphically and with custom advice
to the patient based on the numbers that were input for each kind
of lab test.
Report generation for Bioinformatics.
Consider the uses of LaTeX generated PDF
Bioinformatics, Sequence and Genome Analysis for example. Public databases of genetic information
are routinely accessed for genome sequence analysis.
could be processed with LaTeX on a server for automatic report generation
formatted in such a way that the research specialist might
visualize the data easily. The report
could be presented online, in the form of a PDF file, enhanced
with links to appropriate additional information.
The potential for useful work in this area is huge. We welcome your
suggestions for unmet needs in bioinformatics or other
areas of data visualization and report generation where this set of
tools may be useful.
LaTeX is a stable and robust program, having the best representation of mathematical
text available, tables, cross referencing and other structures, and ablility to build
table of contents, index, and bibliography on the fly.
LaTeX is a programming language with features include loops, conditionals, on the
fly definition construction, the ability to send information to external files,
and/or bring other external files into the document, measure text,
do arithmetic operations, and much more.
LaTeX allows parsing of form results,
allowing either PDF forms or HTML forms to be used as input,
as well as database information.
can embed PostScript and PDFmark information within LaTeX
commands, allowing dynamic graphics generation and
hypertext linking as the LaTeX document is produced.
Any of the other features
that can be added to a PDF document can also be written into the
LaTeX macro set and be customized depending on the input
to the LaTeX file.
How Can We Help You?
We'd be glad to discuss any project with you, whether you
need a LaTeX .cls file for your authors, you would like
macros for E-Publishing, either books or journals,
you have an application
in mind for LaTeX/PDF automated report generation, or
would just like to ask a question or two...
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Brookline, MA 02446