Adding supplementary tables and figures in LaTeX

A problem I encountered now, when revising a paper and adding a supplement per the editor’s request. How do I number my tables and figures as Table S1, S2 etc.? A solution was provided in Stackexchange, but the syntax was not good for my version of LaTeX, and I don’t like \makeatletter (here’s why). Here is a working solution to supplementary figure and table numbering. Place this bit in your document preamble:

\newcommand{\beginsupplement}{%
        \setcounter{table}{0}
        \renewcommand{\thetable}{S\arabic{table}}%
        \setcounter{figure}{0}
        \renewcommand{\thefigure}{S\arabic{figure}}%
     }

Then, when your supplement starts, just add the line:

\beginsupplement

Voila!  Instant “Table S1″ and “Figure S1″. Enjoy.

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