Foxit Reader 4 released

The version 4.0 of the free light-weight and fast Foxit PDF Reader has been released providing new features.

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Sumatra PDF 1.1 released

The version 1.1 of the pdf viewer Sumatra PDF has been released.  Besides some bug fixes the update brings a text export feature, and now Sumatra PDF automatically detects commonly used TeX editors to support inverse search.

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match_parens: new tool to check parenthesis matching

The script match_parens has been uploaded to CTAN today. This Ruby program has been written by Wybo Dekker to assist the user in checking parenthesis (and braces, brackets) balancing in documents, the characters {}[]()<> are supported.

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Perl 5.11 now available

The release of Perl 5.11.0 has been published after more than two years of development by the community of Perl developers. The version 5.11.0 is a development release that has been made available in order to test and to develop software intended to run with Perl 5.12. Many TeX/LaTeX-Tools have been written in Perl, benefiting from its text processing facilities and its flexibility in general.

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Evince available for Windows

The free document viewer Evince is now available for Windows operating systems. The developer team provided an msi installer file together with the new release 2.28.0. The Evince viewer supports pdf, postscript, djvu, tiff and dvi documents and therefore it’s popular as a previewer among LaTeX users.

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Software Freedom Day 2009

Today is the Software Freedom Day 2009. This event is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software with the goal to educate the worldwide public about of the benefits of using high quality free and open source software in education, in government, at home and in business.

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CTAN will drop tools

Today Jim Hefferon, member of the CTAN team, announced that CTAN will not continue to provide the tools directory containing mostly archiving software and conversion programs.

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