CTAN Announcements | 1 Mar 17:21 2010
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CTAN has a new package: ratexdb

On Mon, 1 Mar 2010, Robin Höns submitted the

 ratexdb

package.

Summary description: Database reports using LaTeX and Ruby
License type: gpl

Announcement text: 
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This is a compatible rewrite of LaTeXDB by Hans-Georg Eßer in Ruby.

It is a preprocessor which performs SQL queries on a
database and creates LaTeX code for the resulting rows.
Ratexdb implements a few improvements, e.g. regexp
postprocessing, command-line options, some protection
against SQL injection, replacement of LaTeX reserved characters.
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This package is located at 
   http://mirror.ctan.org/support/ratexdb/
.  More information is at
   http://tug.ctan.org/info/?id=ratexdb
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Please join a users group; see http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html .
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CTAN Announcements | 2 Mar 15:41 2010
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CTAN update: texshade

This should within a day be at your local mirror.

Jim Hef{}feron
Saint Michael's College

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The following information was provided by our fellow contributor:

Name of contribution: TeXshade
Version number: 1.21
Author's name: Eric Beitz
Location on CTAN: /macros/latex/contrib/texshade/
Summary description: Update of the DNA and protein sequence alignment LaTeX package TeXshade
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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This is version 1.21 of TeXshade. It fixes some bugs but mainly introduces a 
convenient new way to select residues that are to be specially labeled by having 
TeXshade search for sequence motifs. 
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This package is located at 
   http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/texshade/
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   http://tug.ctan.org/pkg/texshade
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CTAN Announcements | 3 Mar 09:46 2010
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CTAN Update: idxlayout

On Mon, 1 Mar 2010, Thomas Titz submitted an update to the

  idxlayout

package.

Summary description: Configurable index layout, responsive to KOMA-Script and memoir
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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 - Corrected emulation of \setindexpreamble
 - New option "columnnote"
 - Package "index" now supported
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   http://mirror.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/idxlayout/
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   http://tug.ctan.org/info/?id=idxlayout
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For the CTAN Team
  Rainer Schöpf

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CTAN Announcements | 3 Mar 18:01 2010
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CTAN Update: softmaker-freefont

On Wed, 3 Mar 2010, Josef Kleber submitted an update to the

  softmaker-freefont

package.

Summary description: Support files for SoftMaker free fonts available at www.freefont.de
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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In June 2009 www.freefont.de offered a beautiful handwriting font
for free download: The Softmaker Stone Handwriting.
As handwriting fonts are a quite limited resource in the LaTeX world,
I decided to create support files for this beautiful font. Therefore,
Stone Handwriting will be the starting point for the softmaker-freefont 
bundle. Other fonts will be included in future.

Supported fonts at the moment: 
Baskerville-Nova (regular + bold + italic + bold italic), 
Congress (regular + bold + italic), Delano-Caps, Flagstaff, Henderson,
Iceberg (regular + bold), Jugendstil, Old Blackletter, Stone Handwriting,
Sunset (regular + bold)

License: LPPL (not the fonts themselves)

New in v1.9:

 - added support for the font family Sunset
   (regular + bold + faked slanted + faked small caps)
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CTAN Announcements | 4 Mar 10:42 2010
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CTAN Update: winshell

On Thu, 4 Mar 2010, Ingo H. de Boer submitted an update to the

  winshell

package.

Summary description: WinShell is a free multilingual integrated development environment (IDE) for
LaTeX and TeX. 
License type: nosource

Announcement text: 
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I am happy to announce the new, actual WinShell 3.31
Release. Major BugFixes/Features to version 3.30 are

 - Update to Scintilla 2.03
 - Improved BibTeX Project Window: toggle author/label view, show all entries
 - New feature: Autocompletion for LaTeX commands and BibTeX labels
 - New feature: Update checker
 - New feature: Split/join paragraph
 - New option: BibTeX front-end: disable/enable
 - New option: Reload open files at startup

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This package is located at 
   http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/win32/winshell/
.  More information is at
   http://tug.ctan.org/info/?id=winshell
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CTAN Announcements | 4 Mar 14:17 2010
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CTAN update: eukleides

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Jim Hef{}feron
Saint Michael's College

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The following information was provided by our fellow contributor:

Name of contribution: Eukleides
Version number: 1.5.2
Author's name: Christian Obrecht
Location on CTAN: /support/eukleides
Summary description: A geometry drawing system
License type: gpl

Announcement text: 
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The code has been slightly modified to allow building with
MinGW. A win32 binary distribution is now available.
An optional step parameter for drawing conics has been
implemented. Some minor bugs have been fixed as well.
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This package is located at 
   http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/support/eukleides
.  More information is at
   http://tug.ctan.org/pkg/eukleides
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CTAN Announcements | 4 Mar 15:43 2010
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CTAN Update: Biber

On Thu, 4 Mar 2010, François Charette submitted an update to the

  biber 

package.

Summary description: A BibTeX replacement for users of biblatex
License type: artistic

Announcement text: 
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This release fixes numerous bugs from v0.5.1:
 * Locale fixes
 * Uniquename fixed to match BibLaTeX option values
 * Improved error message for malformed names
 * Fixed config file problems under windows 
    and added option to ignore config file
 * Bug with conflicting case between citations and bib entries
 * Moved pure perl parsename to PRD.pm
 * Re-write of name parsing to use Text::BibTeX::Name by default
 * Fields which can be null are explicitly flagged
 * Die early when biber is called without argument
 * Fixed Mac config path error
 * .bib parse continues after certain errors
 * regularised collate options processing
 * field nameaddon was missing from Biber::Constants
 * Improved warning message for missing backend=biber
 * SF bug 2952347 fix (empty date range end)
 * uniquename counter was being provided incorrectly
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CTAN Announcements | 4 Mar 15:45 2010
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CTAN Update arabxetex

On Thu, 4 Mar 2010, François Charette submitted an update to the

  arabxetex

package.

Summary description: An ArabTeX-like interface for XeLaTeX
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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This version provides some bugfixes and minor documentation
update.
 * Don't mess with baselineskip AtBeginDocument
 * Bugfix for Sindhi: 'O' was not in the mappings
 * Load bidi after amsmath and fontspec
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This package is located at 
   http://mirror.ctan.org/language/arabic/arabxetex/
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   http://tug.ctan.org/info/?id=arabxetex
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CTAN Announcements | 4 Mar 18:01 2010
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CTAN update: apprends-latex

This should be at your local mirror within a day.

Jim Hef{}feron
Saint Michael's College

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The following information was provided by our fellow contributor:

Name of contribution: Apprends LaTeX !
Version number: 4.01
Author's name: Marc Baudoin
Location on CTAN: /info/apprends-latex/
Summary description: Apprends LaTeX ! (Learn LaTeX!) is a French documentation 
  for LaTeX beginners.
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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Apprends LaTeX ! (Learn LaTeX!) is a French documentation
aimed at LaTeX beginners.
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This package is located at 
   http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/apprends-latex/
.  More information is at
   http://tug.ctan.org/pkg/apprends-latex
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CTAN Announcements | 4 Mar 18:11 2010
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CTAN has a new package: skeyval

This should be at your local mirror within a day.

Jim Hef{}feron
Saint Michael's College

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The following information was provided by our fellow contributor:

Name of contribution: skeyval
Version number: 0.5
Author's name: Ahmed Musa
Summary description: Extensions to the xkeyval package.
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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The skeyval package provides enhancements and extensions 
to the xkeyval package. There are several new features, 
all of which are explained in the accompanying 
documentation.
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This package is located at 
   http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/skeyval
.  More information is at
   http://tug.ctan.org/pkg/skeyval
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