thanks to Andreas Matthias, the author of pdfpages, I have been using his package with some adjustments by him for quite some time now and I thought I'd share it. I asked him for permission to share and upload his code on here, so it's all good.
The motivation was that I used to (and still do) write up summaries of lectures and course material that I got for classes/courses in university. When preparing for exams, I wanted to create flashcards based on the work I've done so far, meaning I didn't want to write down the stuff a second time, either because of time issues, laziness and or efficiency.
So the basic idea is that you have a command called "\kk" ("Kk" => "Karteikarte" => "flashcard" in German, you can of course rename the command to something else) which I use as a macro. In this context, it's a command for a flashcard. It has two arguments. The first one is for the keyword or question or whatever you want to put there, the second one is for the characteristics of a certain "keyword", answers or whatever you want to put there.
So here's a quick tutorial for creating flashcards with LaTeX.
- Download the file called 'files.zip'.
- Unpack the file.
- Either click on or
- Fill them with lots of content.
- If you plan to get some bigger flashcards, compile when you are finished. If you want the "usual" flashcards, use
fc4.tex. The rather complicated code in both these files comes from Andreas and I am glad that he sent it because I still haven't really figured out what it all does exactly. But it's part of the package and of course intended for use. If I understood him correctly, he might be implementing this flashcard-feature for an upcoming version of pdfpages.
- You must know how your printer works. You need to be able to make him print in duplex mode.
- And again, you must know how your printer works. I can tell you from my own experience, only print the first two pages from the first documents you compile. Saves you a lot of paper if you figure out how to print out the a4-document. In my experience, the trick lies in the setting how you tell your printer driver where you will turn the a4-sheets, meaning on the long or short side. For my printer (Kyocera FS-1300D), the correct setting for the a7-flashcards is "Turn on the long side", for the a6-flashcards it's "Turn on the short side".
- For a rather "usual" overview of the flashcards, you could use . This document does not produce flashcards.
- Just as a technicality, you have to know how to install packages like 'pdfpages' or 'etex' of course. This shouldn't be trouble at all if you have a distribution like MikTeX.
If I find the time, I'll upload this "tutorial" as a pdf-document.