Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:33 am Post
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:29 am Post
laleleona wrote:I am searching for someone to help me learn how to compile my Scrivener project file (a PhD thesis) via MMD/Pandoc to LaTeX to PDF - either as a kind of commissioned work or, preferably, through tutoring me (which of course I will pay for).
The project is only text and a few images, no equations involved. I think it should be fairly easy for someone who knows how to do it – but I'm having trouble figuring it out on my own. I've previously worked with LaTeX (very basic templates though), but never with MMD or Pandoc. And there are also quite a few things about Scrivener /compiling with Scrivener that I don't really get.
If you can help in any way and have even just 1 hour to spare I would very much appreciate your help. I've also posted a job post on UpWork about this but it seems like Scrivener/LaTeX integration is a rare skill. So i would very much appreciate if you could help me out
I'm sorry. My responses are limited. You must ask the right questions.
Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:30 am Post
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:23 am Post
Apologies if my response is a bit too prophetic, but if you have the bandwidth, the power of the Scrivener+LaTeX software combination for documents such as a thesis is 'off the charts'.
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:20 am Post
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:45 pm Post
mbbntu wrote:I find myself wondering if it is strictly necessary to use LaTeX. My thesis never went within a million miles of LaTex, I just compiled to RTF and went from there. It was a long time ago, it is true, and LaTeX was probably less fashionable then, but I wonder if the process needs to be that complicated. To my mind, the words are rather more important than the layout.
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:23 am Post
kewms wrote:mbbntu wrote:I find myself wondering if it is strictly necessary to use LaTeX. My thesis never went within a million miles of LaTex, I just compiled to RTF and went from there. It was a long time ago, it is true, and LaTeX was probably less fashionable then, but I wonder if the process needs to be that complicated. To my mind, the words are rather more important than the layout.
For the OP's project -- "only text and a few images," -- probably not. Depending of course on such details as what they're using for a bibliography manager and what their university's requirements are.
There are certainly formatting tasks that the base Scrivener engine can't handle, or that would be more easily done with other tools. And there are people who are already comfortable with LaTeX, Markdown, and similar. But I do think that sometimes people overestimate the complexity of their projects and underestimate the capabilities of Scrivener, leading to unnecessarily complex workflows.
Finally I didn't quite get what you meant by:Apologies if my response is a bit too prophetic, but if you have the bandwidth, the power of the Scrivener+LaTeX software combination for documents such as a thesis is 'off the charts'.
Could you elaborate? Thanks a lot
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:58 pm Post
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:33 pm Post
laleleona wrote:I guess I’ll be back here posting my questions over the next weeks as I complete the project…
Mon Mar 01, 2021 6:10 pm Post
laleleona wrote:The alternative would be MS Word (is that what you would suggest?) – and I'm miserable with Word. Plus I hate the look of Word documents, their typesetting is so much more unpleasant to read... From my very preliminary shots at just "intuitive" compiling (having read nothing about compiling yet in the Scrivener Manual), I also get the sense that compiling to Word requires quite a bit of work (e.g. designing and assigning the section layouts, my first attempts literally look like s***) while compiling via MMD-> LaTeX using the memoir class format already works pretty well, with lots of things being automated, and yields an okay-looking book (with some errors and issues to be solved yet). So I'm not really sure that an alternative would be less work?
Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:36 am Post
AmberV wrote:Since it sounds like you have a preamble already developed, that’s what I’d take a look at! I do still use a second tool to typeset, but do note from the LaTeX template’s “Processing” compile format pane, you could automate straight to PDF if you wanted to. I provide a little sample script for that.
AmberV wrote:Yes, I would say that if LaTeX is your comfort zone!
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:59 pm Post
The first seemed like a waste of Scrivener (I would only be able to use the beautiful interface that Scrivener has, but not the powerful word processing tool that it is)…
That works and generates a decent-looking book- but I’m realizing that my template may be toolimited and doesn’t make use (does it have to?). E.g. it doesn’t have any crossreferencing yet. So I am not sure my previous setup is a better place to start from than someone else’s .
I also noticed that the preamble and footer in the original “Modern” compile format are vastly different from my template, making large use of conditional syntax. There are big chunks I don’t yet understand
does it ever become that? If so, I’m looking forward to reaching that divine state
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:26 pm Post
AmberV wrote:That aside, if you’re going for academic output and have need of citations and such, I think the learning curve on Scrivomatic is going to be a lot more rewarding down the line.
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