RGU CompSoc

Robert Gordon University Computer Society

2011-11-28 CTRL Byte Open Lecture

The Computer Society will host an open lecture on the use of LaTeX to typeset thesis reports. This should be of particular benifit to those working on BSc/MSc projects.

When – Monday 28th Nov 2011, Lecture Room C48 at 17:00.

Setting up LaTeX on Windows – The Simple Version

A simpler way of achieving an complete install is to download a self-extracting executable file. This is over a gig in size, and provides you with the latest MikTeX Distribution, Ghostscript, Ghostview, and an editor called TeXnicCenter. Available from http://www.tug.org/protext/ You can always install WinShell editor later on once the LaTeX system itself is up and running.

Setting up LaTeX on Windows – Long Version

Download the MikTeX Net Installer http://miktex.org/.

When you run the installer it will ask you for a Directory into which to download all the MikTeX setup Files (So create a folder on your Desktop Something like “MikTeXInstallationFiles”).

You will also need to select from which site you wish to download the files from, choose a UK based host. It will then download several hundred meg worth of files.

Once the download is complete, you will have to run the installer again, and direct it to the “MikTeXInstallationFiles” Folder, it will then install those files into your C:\drive.

Next download and install GhostScript (V9.00 released 2010-09-17). http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/

Then download and install GhostView (V4.9) (http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/gsview/get49.htm) http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/gsview/index.htm (32 Bit edition, 64 Bit also available)

Finally download and install an Editor (WinShell) http://www.winshell.org/modules/ws_download/

You should now have a fully functioning LaTeX system up and running. If you take a look at the MikTeX installation on your C drive, you will see that it consists of well over 40K in files, and occupies just a few gigs.

Useful Links

The LaTeX Command Summary http://www.ntg.nl/doc/biemesderfer/ltxcrib.pdf
LaTeX wikibook http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX
Wikibook pdf http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/LaTeX.pdf
Online LaTeX Math Generator http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php

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