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 * [[ftp://ftp.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/support/ite/index.html|ite]] ([[http://bugs.debian.org/492651|ITP:#492651]]) Position figure labels interactively. [[http://sites.google.com/site/ralexowen/debian-packages|Preliminary Package]]  * [[ftp://ftp.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/support/ite/index.html|ite]] (ITP: DebianBug:492651) Position figure labels interactively. [[http://sites.google.com/site/ralexowen/debian-packages|Preliminary Package]]
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||[[http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=69446|Biomail]] ''[[http://biomail.sourceforge.net/biomail/|upstream]]'' ||Surveying ||GPL || || ||Biomail (DebianBug:69446) ''[[http://biomail.sourceforge.net/biomail/|upstream]]'' ||Surveying ||GPL || ||

Known users from DebianScience listed in parenthesis.



Typesetting tools already packaged in Debian


  • TeXLive TeX Live: A decent selection of the TeX Live packages

  • LaTeX (Helen Faulkner, Andre Lehovich, Victor Munoz, Filippo Rusconi)

  • pdflatex (Victor Munoz)

  • rubber an automated system for building LaTeX documents (Gorjanc Gregor, Jukka Suomela)

  • TeX
  • tex4ht
  • texi2dvi (Gorjanc Gregor)

  • texify
  • diploma Write scientific papers with Debian - Debian GNU/Linux is widely used at universities to do research and to write papers with LaTeX. The package diploma contains examples which illustrate the possible ways to do this effectively with Debian GNU/Linux. Each example consists of a source tree where you can do "make" in the top level directory and then the source code is compiled, the measurement data are processed, and the results are converted into nice figures. Then the text is processed and combined with the figures to a print file.



Useful for slides and posters

Emacs extensions for LaTeX

  • AUCTeX (upstream) Integrated document editing environment for TeX etc. One component of AUCTeX that LaTeX users will find attractive is: preview-latex, a combination of folding and in-source previewing that provides true "What You See Is What You Get" experience in your sourcebuffer, while letting you retain full control.

  • whizzytex (Andre Lehovich)

  • reftex mode - included with emacs helps with cross references.
  • flyspell mode - on the fly spell checking - included with emacs
  • ite (ITP: 492651) Position figure labels interactively. Preliminary Package

Vim addons for LaTeX

  • VIM LaTeX-suite (upstream) view, edit and compile LaTeX document from VIM. Provides a lot of very useful macros to insert symbols, environments, and to type mathematical formulas. Offers similar features as Auctex to VI users.

Vector diagrams

  • dia upstream Dia is an editor for diagrams, graphs, charts etc.

  • xfig Facility for Interactive Generation of figures under X11

    • transfig Utilities for converting XFig figure files


Publishing tools that could be considered for inclusion in Debian

  • Packages being worked on.

  • epsmerge (Victor Munoz)

  • pyblink (already packaged by Yaroslav Halchenko): it is for those who have to struggle in OO and write anything which includes bibliographies. pyblink would help you to interact OO with pybliographic and have references done in easier way.

  • Sweave upstream (Gorjanc Gregor) very powerful combination of LaTeX and R in one file. This is based on Noweb ideology.

  • yzis upstream For vi-like users.

Drawing Feynman diagrams

Printing utilities

  • impose+ Postscript utilities for two-up printing, bbox, etc


Managing bibliographies

  • jabref ?JabRef is a GUI to manage BibTeX databases, the standard LaTeX bibliography reference format. ?JabRef is built to be platform independent (requires Java 1.5). It merges and extends the functionalities of ?BibKeeper (Morten O. Alver) and JBibtexManager (Nizar Batada).

  • Bibus (upstream) is a bibliographic database written in Python and working together with OpenOffice.org.

  • bibutils (upstream) Convert between the following bibliographic data formats: BibTeX, COPAC, ?EndNote refer, ?EndNote XML, Pubmed XML, ISI web of science, US Library of Congress MODS XML, RIS, and Word 2007 bibliography.

  • kbibtex (upstream BibTeX editor for KDE

  • pybliographer (pybliographer tool for manipulating bibliographic databases

  • referencer (upstream) Referencer is a GNOME application to organise documents or references, and ultimately generate a BibTeX bibliography file.

Tools for handling bibliographies that could be considered for inclusion in Debian





Biomail (69446) upstream










depens on Java


PDF article indexing


depends on php/mysql/apache


Bibliography management


depends on python


bibliography management as a web browser addon