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## 👓 Track changes with latexdiff | TeXBlog

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## 👓 Craft beautiful equations in Word with LaTeX | Nature

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## An Edward Tufte-inspired LaTeX class for producing handouts, papers, and books

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## Commutative Diagrams in LaTeX

## Overview

### Feruglio Summary

### Milne Summary

### Spivak Pseudo-recommendations

## Resources for some of the “Bigger” Packages

### Diagxy: Michael Barr

### XY-pic: Kristoffer Rose & Ross Moore

### Diagrams: Paul Taylor

### TikZ-CD: Florêncio Neves

#### Is there a particular package you recommend? Feel free to add your thoughts, comments, and additional resources in the comments below.

Minimising the friction of advertising my thoughts in order to maximise the chance a clever thought gets advertised.

A nice write up for those looking at technology for academic blogging or maintaining a static website.

Track changes is a popular tool in Word. If you are looking for something similar for LaTeX latexdiff is the answer. For example if you are an academic researcher submitting papers to journals, you…

This looks cool. I should play around with it a bit.

Manufacturers are ditching equation editors in word-processing software in favour of the LaTeX typesetting language. Here’s how to get started.

A while back I answered a question on Quora: Can people actually keep up with note-taking in Mathematics lectures with LaTeX . There, I explained…

This is awesome though I’ve also heard of cases in which students use shared Google docs to collaboratively take notes like this as well.

If you (like me) use a lot of graph paper, here is some LaTeX code with lots of different styles that you can customize. Fee free to fork and make improvements!https://t.co/SHyJZY5OmF (And send me pics of your best graphs, plots, dungeons, wilderness maps, etc.) pic.twitter.com/nPijUpv6em

— Robert McNees (@mcnees) August 19, 2018

Should LaTeXiT be categorized, it would be an equation editor. This is not the plain truth, since LaTeXiT is "simply" a graphical interface above a LaTeX engine. However, its large set of features is a reason to see it as an editor; this is the goal in fact.

A Tufte-inspired LaTeX class for producing handouts, papers, and books

One of those times that I love to hate: when you’re doing some good writing work, but then get sidetracked when you find an Edward Tufte template in for a book.

Typesetting geekery gets me every time.

I know how to define a package or a class, but how do I make it available (to myself) at all times? Say I have the package file commonstuff.sty (or myprettyclass.cls), that I want to be able to in...

Missing some files in my installation. I’ll be updating the installation first is the better way to go though….

MyScript MathPad is a mathematic expression demonstration that lets you handwrite your equations or mathematical expressions on your screen and have them rendered into their digital equivalent for easy sharing. Render complex mathematical expressions easily using your handwriting with no constraints. The result can be shared as an image or as a LaTeX* or MathML* string for integration in your documents.

This looks like something I could integrate into my workflow.

You can now import your reference library directly from Mendeley to Overleaf, to make it easy to manage your references and citations in your projects

With my studies in category theory trundling along, I thought I’d take moment to share some general resources for typesetting commutative diagrams in . I’ll outline below some of the better resources and recommendations I’ve found, most by much more dedicated and serious users than I. Following that I’ll list a few resources, articles, and writings on some of the more common packages that I’ve seen mentioned.

Naturally, just reading through some of the 20+ page user guides to some of these packages can be quite daunting, much less wading through the sheer number that exist. Hopefully this one-stop-shop meta-overview will help others save some time trying to figure out what they’re looking for.

Gabriel Valiente Feruglio has a nice overview article naming all the primary packages with some compare/contrast information. One will notice it was from 1994, however, and misses a few of the more modern packages including TikZ. His list includes: AMS; Barr (diagxy); Borceux; Gurari; Reynolds; Rose (XY-pic); Smith (Arrow); Spivak; Svensson (kuvio); Taylor (diagrams); and Van Zandt (PSTricks). He lists them alphabetically and gives brief overviews of some of the functionality of each.

Feruglio, Gabriel Valiente. *Typesetting Commutative Diagrams.* TUGboat, Volume 15 (1994), No. 4

J.S. Milne has a fantastic one-page quick overview description of several available packages with some very good practical advise to users depending on the level of their needs. He also provides a nice list of eight of the most commonly used packages including: array (LaTeX); amscd (AMS); DCpic (Quaresma); diagrams (Taylor); kuvio (Svensson); tikz (Tantau); xymatrix (Rose); and diagxy (Barr). It’s far less formal than Feruglio, but is also much more modern. I also found it a bit more helpful for trying to narrow down one or more packages with which to play around.

Milne, J.S. *Guide to Commutative Diagram Packages*.

David Spivak, the author of *Category Theory for the Sciences*, seems to prefer XY-pic, diagXY, and TikZ based on his website from which he links to guides to each of these.

Based on the recommendations given in several of the resources above, I’ve narrowed the field a bit to some of the better sounding packages. I’ve provided links to the packages with some of the literature supporting them.

- CTAN Package
- Brief four page introduction
- Barr, Michael.
*A new diagram package*. (Version 2011-06-18)

- CTAN Package
- XY-pic User Guide
- Blaga, Paul A.
*Commutative Diagrams with XY-pic I. Kernel Functions and Arrows*. The PracTEX Journal, Draft of November 16, 2006.

- CTAN Package
- TikZ-CD Package Documentation:
*{tikzcd} Commutative diagrams with TikZ*. Version 0.9e; October 30, 2014. - Lenders, Felix.
*Commutative Diagrams using TikZ*. April 12, 2012.