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TU/e MiKTeX installation moved
The TU/e MiKTeX installation has been moved from the webmath1 to the new server winstorage. The full network path is:
This network drive is accessible from the TU/e network, or through a VPN connection.

WinEdt license available again
The WinEdt license has been renewed. The registration codes for WinEdt and GSView can be found on the TU/e software site.

Many people (students and employees) have sent us an email the last couple of days, supporting our statement that we need a site license for WinEdt. We would like to thank everybody for their support, because it helped to show how much this program is needed!

WinEdt license has expired
Since May 13, 2011, the WinEdt license at TU/e has expired. Unfortunately, the software coordinators of (almost) all departments believe that WinEdt is not used at their department and do not want to renew the license. Unfortunately we have not been able to convince them that this is not true, even though for example each department has had PhD students that have written their thesis using WinEdt during the last year.

Since we believe that WinEdt is essential for a user friendly LaTeX environment for Windows, we have decided that the TU/e MiKTeX installation will be unavailable until the WinEdt license has been renewed. But this will only happen if we manage to convince the departmental software coordinators that (many) people at their department use WinEdt. So if you need a WinEdt license, please send an email to Marko Boon stating your name and department. We hope that a lot of these emails will show that WinEdt is essential for all departments at our university.

Marko Boon, Wil Kortsmit, Jan de Jong, and Jan Willem Knopper.

February 16, 2011, WinEdt 6 fix
Some people with new laptops from the year 2010-1011 have had the following problem:

User Application Data Folder "C:\Users\s123465\AppData\Roaming\WinEdt Team\WinEdt 6" does not exist and cannot be created!

Instructions on how to solve this can be found at http://www.win.tue.nl/bcf/diensten/nsc/2010-winedt-uk.php.

April 8, 2011, MiKTeX 2.9 available
MiKTeX 2.9 is now available. It can be installed from \\webmath1\miktex29\. This installation will come with WinEdt 6. Some new features of WinEdt 6 are: XeLaTeX support, and support for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 10.
February 16, 2011, MiKTeX 2.8 available
For a while now MiKTeX 2.8 has been available, although no updates were done at this website. It can be installed from \\webmath1\miktex28\. It should not be too long however before MiKTeX 2.9 will be placed here. This website will be updated when this becomes the case.
May 31, 2010: WinEdt 6.0 available
The TU/e has a license for WinEdt 6.0. However, if you install the new version, you will lose some additional features that are installed automatically by the TU/e MiKTeX installation (e.g., the Table Designer, New Document interface, Include Graphics plug-in). If you would like to use these additional features with WinEdt 6.0, please contact Marko Boon for installation instructions.
February 25, 2009: MiKTeX 2.7 TU/e Letter and Fax
Now it is also possible to create the new letters and faxes in TUe style using MiKTeX.

To install the MiKTeX version that contains these files (or to upgrade from another MiKTeX version) run the MiKTeX install program from \\webmath1\miktex27\.

January 31, 2008: MiKTeX 2.7 TU/e PDFScreen and Beamer 2008
New versions have been created for the popular TU/e PDFScreen and TU/e Beamer packages. These packages are required to make presentations or posters using the TU/e corporate identity. The latest versions are based on the new Powerpoint template.


January 16, 2008: MiKTeX 2.7 ready for testing
The TU/e MiKTeX 2.7 installation is ready and is ready for testing purposes. We have been using it for a month now and it seems to be working fine. There are not too many new features, so if you have a good working MiKTeX 2.6 installation, there is no reason to upgrade yet. The new features are:
  • XeTeX: a new TeX engine which is similar to LaTeX, but it is a unicode TeX engine. The main feature of XeTeX is that it can use native fonts, so you can use all of your Windows fonts in LaTeX now. The disadvantage at this moment is that WinEdt has no XeTeX button yet, so you have to compile your document from the command line (or add a xetex button manually). More information about XeTeX can be found in the following document: xelatextest.pdf. The LaTeX source of this document is also available: xelatextest.tex.
  • Most recent versions of WinEdt (5.5 build 20071003), GhostScript (8.61), GSView (4.9) and tuepdfscreen and tuebeamer(2008).

If you want access to the MiKTeX 2.7 installation, please send an e-mail to Marko Boon.

April 3, 2007: News about MiKTeX 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 64 bit and Vista
The TU/e MiKTeX 2.5 CD-ROM is complete and available. You can obtain it from Wil Kortsmit, HG 9.87, or Jan de Jong, HG 8.86. You can also install it from a shared network drive, please contact Marko Boon to get temporary access. For changes and new features of this new installation, see the previous news item.

If you have a working MiKTeX 2.4 installation, you do not have to upgrade, but as soon as you want to install missing packages, you will see that they are not available anymore. So anybody who wants to install missing packages, needs to upgrade to version 2.5.

The TU/e MiKTeX installation works on 32 bit Windows Vista computers, but only if you choose "Run As Administrator" when running the installation program. Some MiKTeX programs, like the installation of missing packages, require administrator rights as well. So MiKTeX 2.5 works with Windows Vista, but some things could be improved. We have also installed MiKTeX 2.5 on a 64 bit Windows 2003 Server computer and it seems to work as well, but no optimised 64 bit executables are available at this moment.

Currently we are working on a TU/e MiKTeX 2.6 CD-ROM, but since MiKTeX 2.6 is only in beta stage at this moment, there is no final version of this CD-ROM yet. Do not expect many changes, except the fact that several programs will work better on a Windows Vista computer.

November 29, 2006: TU/e MiKTeX 2.5 CD-ROM almost ready
A new version of the TU/e MiKTeX CD-ROM is almost ready: 2.5. There is still some testing to do, but everything seems to work fine. Although the previous MiKTeX 2.4 CD turned out to be very reliable and worked fine, still quite some enhancements have been made to the new installation. The new features are:
  • Newer versions of the programs: MiKTeX 2.5, WinEdt 5.5, GhostScript 8.54, GSView 4.8. Some of the new features in these programs are: Yap supports PostScript specials, a new help system for all installed packages
  • Better support for multi-user systems. All programs are installed for all users, so all features (including WinEdt settings and plug-ins) will be available for all users.
  • It is possible to choose a Custom installation, which makes it possible to review and change all the installation settings, e.g. the installation folders (which now default to C:\Program Files). Another setup type is the "Complete MiKTeX installation" which installs every official package that is available.
  • Great improvements to EPS2PDF: now you can drag as many files as you want onto the icon, and all of them will be converted to PDF. Now finally EPS files with a binary header/preview are also supported.
  • The TU/e Style for the beamer package is included.

One small remark: MiKTeX 2.5 cannot be installed on Windows Vista systems, and 64 bit computers. In January 2007 MiKTeX 2.6 will solve these problems.

May 18, 2006: TU/e Style for Beamer

The standard LaTeX package beamer has become the most popular package to create beamer presentations. A TU/e style for beamer has been written that creates slides in the TU/e style. The style files and sample source code can be found here:

The standard LaTeX packages beamer and pgf are required.

The TU/e style for beamer, and the beamer and pgf packages, will be included in the future version of the MiKTeX 2.5 CD-ROM which is expected later this year.

May 25, 2004: Movies in TU/ePDFScreen
There is a new feature in TU/ePDFScreen: now you can add AVI and MOV movies to your PDF presentation with a simple command:


You can see the result on page 26 of the presentation: slides.pdf.
You download the new TU/e PDFScreen in ZIP format (extract to your MiKTeX installation directory): tuepdfscreen.zip.

January 5, 2004: TU/e MiKTeX 2.4 CD-ROM released!
Happy new year 2004 to everybody!

The year starts very well with the release of the TU/e MiKTeX 2.4 CD-ROM. New features are:

  • installs MiKTeX 2.4:
    • Automatic package installation!. No more trouble with missing style files: all uninstalled MiKTeX packages will be installed automatically while running LaTeX.
    • .
    • All standard LaTeX packages are no longer installed in the local TeXmf tree, but in the TeXmf tree. This means that they will be included in the MiKTeX update if you run this program.
    • Finding out usages of packages in a LaTeX job.

    See the official announcement at www.miktex.org for more detailed information.

  • Some minor bugfixes in WinEdt 5.4
  • GSView 4.5
  • GhostScript 8.13
April 11: TU/e MiKTeX 2.2 CD-ROM released
Finally a new version of the TU/e MiKTeX CD-ROM is released.
New features are:
  • installs MiKTeX 2.2:
    • several Yap bug fixes
    • PDF 1.4 support and generation
    • MiKTeX Package Manager for easy finding and installation of LaTeX packages
  • WinEdt 5.4
  • GSView 4.4
  • GhostScript 8.0
  • improved TrueType Font to LaTeX font conversion
  • Mathematica 4.2 font and style support
  • More TU/ePDFScreen backgrounds

Micrographx Designer is no longer part of the MiKTeX CD-ROM, since the TU/e license for this program has expired.
WinEdt and GSView are no longer automatically registered. The installation program opens the registration web page (see below) from any computer that is connected to the TU/e network.

April 8: WinEdt and GSView license code
For students and employees of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven the license codes of WinEdt and GSView can be found at a new registration page, which is only accessible from the TU/e network.

Please note that the license code of WinEdt for employees of the TU/e has been renewed. Please update your code!

WinEdt and GSView registration codes

December 2: new version of AddPause
The program AddPause, that recently was added to the MiKTeX CD-ROMs, is used to build op slides in multiple steps using the \pause command. Recently MiKTeX updated PDFLaTeX, which now generates PDF version 1.4 files. The version of AddPause that is included in MiKTeX 2.1 distributions is not able to handle PDF 1.4 files. The solution is easy: update the PPower4 Java Archive (pp4.jar). Download the new version by clicking on the link below and save it in C:\MiKTeX\localtexmf\tex\latex\pdfscreen (overwrite the previous version).

Download: pp4.jar

June 21: Several additions
There are some new developments on the MiKTeX CD-ROM.

TU/ePDFScreen enhanced (again)

Some enhancements are made to TU/ePDFScreen:
  • English Instructions: since we wanted to rewrite parts of the TU/ePDFScreen manual, we decided to translate it to English. You can still find the manual here:


    We added more detailed instructions on how to create transparent sheets, how to print handouts and captions and references.

  • new command added: \tuebox which shows a shadowbox in TU/e colours. It can be used for fancy titles.
  • it is finally possible to add captions to an image or table.
  • the section* bug is fixed. You no longer have to use our sectionnolabel command.
  • We created a user-friendly program called AddPause that opens your PDF file and runs PPower4. This means that you can build slides in multiple stages using the extremely simple \pause command.

Download and installation instructions:

  1. Download the file tuepdfscreen.zip and open it
  2. Unzip it into your MiKTeX directory (usually C:\MiKTeX)
  3. Open Start Menu -> Programs -> MiKTeX -> MiKTeX Options
  4. Press the "Refresh Now" button in the Filename Database section.
  5. Open the file C:\MiKTeX\localtexmf\examples\presentatie\slides.tex for the source code.

TU/e Style for articles, reports and books

We created a new style file called tuestyle.sty. It will automatically use TU/e fonts for text and headings. It has some extra commands to put a page title or image on the horizontal TU/e rule on top of the page. If you want to see a document using this style, you can read the TU/e MiKTeX Installation Instructions

Mathematica font problem fixed

Mathematica fonts in PostScript files are shown in GSView. EPS2PDF also finds these fonts and embeds them in your PDF document.

February 19: TU/e PDFScreen enhanced
More and more people started to use our version of TU/e PDFScreen, so we received some e-mails with questions and missing features. We made some enhancements and now you can download the new version by clicking on the link below.
Enhancements are:
  • Better looking (of course this is just our opinion)
  • Page numbering (if desired)
  • Nicer looking bottom navigation buttons
  • A4 option, to create printable slides (not for computer presentations)
  • Handouts option, suitable for printing handouts
  • PPower4 is included. This is a post-processing program, written in Java, which makes it extremely easy to build up your slides in several steps. You just need to use the \pause command. But Java has to be installed. We did not yet integrate this in WinEdt.

Here you can see a sample of how the new presentations look: slides.pdf

October 29: GhostView registration
Finally the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven has a campus wide license for GhostView (GSView). The registration number will be available through the Public Folders in Outlook shortly. If you cannot wait you can send an e-mail to marko@win.tue.nl or rcwil@win.tue.nl and ask for the registration information. Of course you have to be either student or employee of the TUE.

September 21: MiKTeX Uninstaller
A MiKTeX uninstaller is available. Please Notice: this only works for recent (2.0 and higher) TU/e MiKTeX versions.

MiKTeX uninstaller

September 4: MiKTeX 2.1 TU/e CD version 2001/2002 released!
The MiKTeX 2.1 TU/e CD has been enhanced:
  • WinEdt version with some important bug fixes (pdflatex warnings and network files).
  • latest MiKTeX base installation
  • additional packages in the localtexmf tree (rotating, marvosym)
This version will not be changed during the current academic year 2001/2002.


June 13: MiKTeX 2.1 TU/e CD released!
There is a newer version of the MiKTeX CD with new features:
  • installs MiKTeX 2.1 which makes it easy to download the latest version of all your style files
  • GhostScript 7.00 and GhostView 4.0
  • WinEdt 5.3 with better support for Java
  • creating PDF documents from your LaTeX file is now easier than ever, even if you have pictures
  • Acrobat Reader 5.0
  • New localtexmf tree, with Euro symbol support
  • JFig, an XFig clone written in Java
May 23: tuePdfScreen printing problem solved
TuePdfScreen (the slideshow class, created for the TU/e) always had a huge problem: if you wanted to print handouts of the slide show, the printer would print only blank pages. This appeared to be a bug in Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader has solved this problem. Now it is also possible to print more than one slide per page. Acrobat Reader 5 will be available on the next release of the TU/e MiKTeX CD-ROM. Of course you can download it from:


May 3: Euro sign in MiKTeX
Now it is finally possible to use the Euro sign in your MiKTeX distribution. It is based on europs package, written by Joern Clausen, and uses Adobe fonts. You can download it as a zip file, which should be extracted to your miktex directory (usually c:\miktex). Download the zip file:


March 7: Tool for conversion of Windows TrueType Fonts to LaTeX
We have developed a new, useful tool that makes it possible to use any Windows font (TrueType Font) in your LaTeX documents. You can download it by clicking on the link below:


There is a separate version for Windows 2000:


Installation and Usage

  1. Save the tool in your MikTeX directory (usually c:\miktex), preferrably in the subdirectory localtexmf\utils
  2. Create a shortcut to the tool on your desktop or in your start menu (if you have any trouble with this step, you can contact BCF or any other computer specialist)
  3. Open the program by double-clicking the shortcut
  4. Select the font you want to use in LaTeX. You should select all versions of this font if available (bold, italic and/or bold+italic). Then click the OK button.
  5. Select a name you want to use for this font in LaTeX. A maximum of 8 letters is allowed.
  6. Click on the Ok button and wait until a final confirmation

Now you can use the font in LaTeX. This can be done in the following way (for more information, see the LaTeX Companion, chapter 7, especially from page 173 onwards).

This line should always be included BEFORE your \begin{document} line:


If you want to use your new font only in some parts of the text, you should add these lines before the specific part:



Where comic should be replaced by LaTeX name that you gave to your font. To change back to the default font, add these lines after the part with your new font:



If you would like the new font as default font for your whole document, including chapter and section headings, you should put these lines BEFORE \begin{document}:


You still need to put the line \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} in the header of the document.

Sample files

We made two sample files: example1.tex and example2.tex. The first file uses the generated font only in one paragraph, the second file redefines the default font family, like explained above. You can find them in the documentation/ttf2ltx directory.
January 25: MiKTeX 2.0 CD-ROM has been released
After a delay of more than three months finally the creators of MiKTeX have released a final release of their new version MiKTeX 2.0. Wil Kortsmit and Marko Boon have updated their TU/e version which now uses this new version.
If you have the latest version of MiKTeX 1.20e (released in december 2000), it is not necessary for you to install this update. Otherwise it might be interesting for you to update, since some style files have been added and documentation is installed on your local disk. But MiKTeX 2.0 has hardly any new features compared to the december version of MiKTeX 1.20e.
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