CTAN Announcements | 1 Jun 21:07 2010
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CTAN update: siunitx

the first upload since the file system meltdown!  oh, the daemon's _so_
excited...

> The following information was provided by the package's contributor.
> 
> Name of contribution: siunitx
> Author's name: Joseph Wright
> Location on CTAN: /macros/latex/contrib/siunitx/
> Summary description: A comprehensive (SI) units package
> License type: lppl
> 
> Announcement text given by the package's contributor:
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Maintenance release v2.0b:
>  - Further improvements to version-1 configuration file
>  - Documentation of relationship between version 1 and 
>    version 2 option names

thanks for the upload; i have installed the files and updated the ctan
catalogue repository.

> Users may view the package catalogue entry at
>   http://www.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/help/Catalogue/entries/siunitx.html
> or they may browse the package directory at
>   http://www.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/siunitx/

the catalogue entry will appear on the web some time during the night
tonight.

Robin Fairbairns
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CTAN Announcements | 1 Jun 23:06 2010
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CTAN Update: pdfcomment

On Tue, 1 Jun 2010 josef Kleber submitted an update to the

  pdfcomment 

package.

Summary description: A user-friendly interface to PDF annotations
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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For a long time pdflatex has offered the command \pdfannot
for inserting
arbitrary PDF annotations. However, the command is presented in
a form where additional knowledge of the definition of the
PDF format is
indispensable. This package is an answer to the – occasional
– questions
in newsgroups, about how one could use the comment function
of Adobe
Reader. At least for the writer of LaTeX code, the package
offers a
convenient and user-friendly means of using \pdfannot to
provide comments
in PDF files. Since version v1.1, pdfcomment.sty also supports:

      LaTeX -> dvips -> ps2pdf, LaTeX -> dvipdfmx and XeLaTeX.

Unfortunately, support of PDF annotations by PDF viewers is
sparse to
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CTAN Announcements | 2 Jun 10:39 2010
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CTAN Update: epspdfconversion

On Wed, 2 Jun 2010, Daniel Becker submitted an update to the

  epspdfconversion

package to CTAN.

Summary description: On-the-fly conversion of EPS to PDF
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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epspdfconversion.sty facilitates the use of the epspdf tools (on CTAN in
pub/tex/support) from within PDFLaTeX. EPS graphic files are converted
"on the fly". It is similar to and based on the epstopdf package and
allows to pass several options such as grayscale, prepress, pdfversion
etc. to the epspdf conversion-command. Can also be used to trigger a
conversion of PDF- and PS-files.

New in version 0.61:

* new options pdftopdf and pstopdf. Uses epspdf to do pdf-to-pdf and
  ps-to-pdf conversions. Allows grayscaling, calculation of bounding boxes
  etc for pdf's that already exist an for .ps-files. Disabled by default.

* bugfix for the outdir-option (converted files in subdirectories are
  again saved in those subdirectories) (Thanks to Stefan Pofahl for the
  feedback.) 

* small improvement of the documentation (on the windows
  epspdf.bat file, on epstopdf's option 'outdir') 
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CTAN Announcements | 2 Jun 14:52 2010
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CTAN update: newcommand

This should reach 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: newcommand
Version number: 2.0
Author's name: Scott Pakin
Location on CTAN: /support/newcommand
Summary description: Easily create macros utilizing sophisticated argument processing
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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LaTeX's \newcommand is fairly limited in the way it processes optional
arguments, but the TeX alternative, a batch of \defs and \futurelets,
can be overwhelming to the casual LaTeX user.  newcommand.py is a
Python program that automatically generates LaTeX macro definitions
for macros that require more powerful argument processing than
\newcommand can handle.  newcommand.py is intended for LaTeX advanced
beginners (i.e., those who know how to use \newcommand but not
internal LaTeX2e commands such as \ <at> ifnextchar) and for more advanced
users who want to save some typing when defining complex macros.

With newcommand.py, the user specifies a template for a macro's
arguments.  newcommand.py then custom-generates a macro definition
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CTAN Announcements | 2 Jun 21:25 2010
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CTAN Update: softmaker-freefont

On Wed, 2 Jun 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: 
Artistic, Baskerville-Nova (regular + bold + italic
+ bold italic), Canossa (regular + bold + light), Congress
(regular + bold + italic), Delano-Caps, Flagstaff, Helium
(regular + bold), Henderson, Iceberg (regular + bold), 
Jugendstil, Old Blackletter, Stone Handwriting,
Sunset (regular + bold)

License: LPPL (not the fonts themselves)

New in v1.12:
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CTAN Announcements | 2 Jun 21:45 2010
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CTAN package update: csquotes 5.0

Philipp Lehman wrote:

> I've uploaded 'csquotes.tar.gz' to the incoming directory of the UK 
> node. This is an update for macros/latex/contrib/csquotes. There's 
> also a csquotes.tds.zip file. Please delete the old files, install the 
> new ones, and announce the upload.
> Thank you very much.
> 
> ABOUT
> 
> The csquotes package provides advanced facilities for inline and 
> display quotations. It is designed for a wide range of tasks ranging 
> from the most simple applications to the more complex demands of 
> formal quotations.
> 
> RELEASE NOTES
> 
> See the file RELEASE for release notes. Note that this release 
> includes some changes which are not backwards compatible. However, 
> there is a new package option which emulates older versions of the 
> package to ease the transition. The release notes have all the 
> details.
> 
> CHANGES
> 
> See the changelog in the manual for a verbose list of changes.

thanks for the upload.  i have installed the new version and updated the
catalogue repository.

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CTAN Announcements | 2 Jun 22:57 2010
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CTAN update: fontspec v2.0b2

that daemon pops up at the most inconvenient times.  while i was working
hard on my day job, it said:

> The following information was provided by the package's contributor.
> 
> Name of contribution: fontspec v2.0b2
> Author's name: Will Robertson
> Location on CTAN: macros/latex/contrib/fontspec
> Summary description: Font loading in XeTeX and LuaTeX
> License type: lppl
> 
> Announcement text given by the package's contributor:
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Second beta release of fontspec v2, which supports LuaTeX.
> 
> Minor changes since the previous release:
>  - No longer need to run mkluatexfontdb manually;
>     update documentation to reflect this
>  - Fix a bug with automatic font scaling in LuaTeX
>  - Two new XeTeX features: AutoFakeBold and AutoFakeSlant
>     for generating "poor man's bold" and "poor man's oblique"
>     shapes for a family (these are extensions of FakeBold/FakeSlant)
>  - An internal programmer's interface command for creating
>     new LaTeX font families.
>  - Minor internal and documentation changes.
>  - For XeTeX: many functions of xltxtra are now incorporated
>     into fontspec.
>  - The makefile can now automatically install fontspec without
>     needing the path to your texmfhome.
> 
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CTAN Announcements | 2 Jun 23:05 2010
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CTAN update: xltxtra

and again, up comes that daemon again:

> The following information was provided by the package's contributor.
> 
> Name of contribution: xltxtra
> Author's name: Will Robertson
> Location on CTAN: macros/xetex/latex/xltxtra
> Summary description: Extras for XeLaTeX
> License type: lppl
> 
> Announcement text given by the package's contributor:
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Remove all the features that have been incorporated into fontspec v2.
> No user-level changes.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------

thanks for this one, too.  i've installed the files and updated the
catalogue repository.

> Users may view the package catalogue entry at
>   http://www.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/help/Catalogue/entries/xltxtra.html
> or they may browse the package directory at
>   http://www.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/macros/xetex/latex/xltxtra

the catalogue entry (which has actually changed a bit) won't appear on
the web until after i've retired to bed tonight.

Robin Fairbairns

For the CTAN team
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CTAN Announcements | 3 Jun 14:07 2010
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CTAN update: hepthesis

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: hepthesis
Version number: 1.4.3
Author's name: Andy Buckley
Summary description: A class for academic reports, especially PhD theses.
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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Hepthesis is a LaTeX class for typesetting large academic
reports, in particular PhD theses.  It was originally
developed for typesetting the author’s high-energy physics
PhD thesis and includes some features specifically tailored
to such an application.  In particular, hepthesis offers:

 * Attractive semantic environments for various rubric sections;
 * Extensive options for draft production, screen viewing
and binding-ready output;
 * Helpful extensions of existing environments, including
equation and tabular; and
 * Support for quotations at the start of the thesis and
each chapter.
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CTAN Announcements | 3 Jun 14:17 2010
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CTAN update: savetrees

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: savetrees
Version number: 1.3
Author's name: Scott Pakin
Location on CTAN: /macros/latex/contrib/savetrees
Summary description: Pack as much as possible onto each page of a LaTeX document.
License type: lppl

Announcement text: 
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The goal of the savetrees package is to pack as much text as possible
onto each page of a LaTeX document.  Admittedly, this makes the
document far less attractive.  Nevertheless, savetrees is a simple way
to save paper when printing draft copies of a document.  It can also
be useful when trying to meet a tight page-length requirement for a
conference or journal submission.

Version 1.3 of savetrees adds support for pdfTeX's font-expansion
mechanism via the microtype package.  Documents built with pdflatex
should therefore shrink even more than with previous versions of
savetrees.

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