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Grace Hopper Celebration 2017

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

When I boarded my flight from RIC to MCO, I had no doubt I was on the right plane. There were a few families headed for the Orlando amusement parks, but nearly everyone on the plane was female, a little on the nerdy side (myself included), and clearly headed for a party. The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is part conference and part job fair, but as the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, the total experience is much more.

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Tip of the Week: Project Versioning and History

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know that you can save and restore versions of your Overleaf projects? Pro and Pro+ users can even view the full history of their projects.

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Tip of the Week: Use Regular Expression Syntax in Search

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know you can use regular expression syntax to search in your project?

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Tip of the Week: Try Out Official Publisher Templates

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know that Overleaf has official templates for a number of journals?

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Attending my first #FuturePub — thoughts from Fiona Murphy

Posted on October 4, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Neil Jefferies from Bodleian Digital Libraries presenting at #FuturePub 11! Earlier this week, I attended my first FuturePub event. Hosted by John Hammersley of Overleaf, it was a heady combination of pizza, drinks, lightning talks and lively networking. (Annoyingly, I had to run for my back-of-beyond train before I turned into a pumpkin, but I suspect that all of these activities were still ongoing as I sat on my train and started this write-up).

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Converting TeX sequences to Unicode characters

Posted on October 2, 2017 by Content AND Presentation Feed

I quite often deal with LaTeX files using stuff like \'a or \"e, and I really prefer having those encoded in UTF-8. So the natural question arises: how to convert one into another? The problem is especially frustrating because Emacs can do this – either via C-x 8 prefix, or with the TeX input method. It is not trivial, however, to find out how it does these things, and to get hold of the data used to actually perform the conversion. (At least, I didn’t find a way to do it.) After a bit of searching, however, I came up with another solution. I’m hesitant to call it “clever”; it’s rather hackish, but hey, it works, so who cares.

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Tip of the Week: Use Tags to Organize Your Dashboard

Posted on September 28, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know you can organize your Project Dashboard with tags?

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Creating and Managing Bibliographies with BibTeX on Overleaf

Posted on September 28, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

If you have ever struggled with LaTeX references and BibTeX then this is the article for you. In this first of a planned series of blog posts, Lian Tze—Overleaf’s TeXpert who provides front-line LaTeX support to Overleaf users—presents a solid introduction to LaTeX references and BibTeX. The article also includes some top tips and helpful suggestions to ease the process of creating and managing your bibliographic database files, and using Overleaf with external reference library services. Hans-Peter Gauster

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Strategies for Funding Scholarly Authorship Services on your Campus

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Many activities in the classroom, the lab, and the research group intersect with the library and the resources provided by the library budget. Students, faculty and researchers use an amazing array of online resources—e-books, journals, conference proceedings, datasets, complex databases—usually funded by the university library. But what about the scholarly tools needed to analyze, write, publish and archive the results of the research completed? Which budget supports the analytic software for social scientists, the GIS software to map data, the authoring software to format articles, the supplies for the 3D printer lab? In this article Helen Josephine explores the options for libraries to partner with other campus departments and units to fund the tools and services needed to support today’s digital scholarly environment.

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Tip of the Week: Working Offline with Git

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know you can work offline and use Git to sync your files?

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Case Study: An Introduction to Code Ocean—Creating and Uploading Content into Overleaf

Posted on September 21, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Code Ocean is a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform that provides researchers and developers an easy way to share, discover and run code published in academic journals and conferences. In this Case Study article we show how files produced by algorithms and projects published on Code Ocean can be uploaded into an Overleaf LaTeX document. We also demonstrate that Code Ocean can be used as an external platform for producing a wide range of programmatically-generated content specifically for use within Overleaf LaTeX documents.

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DocEng '17: Effective Floating Strategies

Posted on September 17, 2017 by LaTeX Project Feed

Effective Floating Strategies At DocEng ‘17 the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering Frank presented a paper on “Effective Floating Strategies” that discusses globally optimizing pagination strategies for documents containing floats. The paper was one of the runner-ups for the “ACM Best Paper Award” of the conference. The full paper can be downloaded from the ACM Digital library through a link on the Publications page. Abstract of the Paper This paper presents an extension to the general framework for globally optimized pagination described in Mittelbach (2016). The extended algorithm supports automatic placement of floats as part of the optimization. It uses a flexible constraint model that allows for the implementation of typical typographic rules that can be weighted against each other to support different application scenarios. By “flexible” we mean that the rules of typographic presentation of the content of a document element are not fixed—but neither are they completely arbitrary; also, some of these rules are absolute whereas others are in the form of preferences. It is easy to see that without restrictions the float placement possibilities grow exponentially if the number of floats has a linear relation to the document size. It is therefore important to restrict the objective ...

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Each LaTeX book of Pack Publishing just $10 today

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

I just noticed, that today there is a Back to School sale at Packt Publishing:…

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Tip of the Week: Add a Template to the Gallery

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know you can create your own LaTeX template in Overleaf?

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TeX Tables: How TeX Calculates Spanned Column Widths

Posted on September 8, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Producing tables in TeX or LaTeX can be quite time-consuming, especially for tables that contain entries which span multiple columns—these can often produce quite unexpected results. Using an extensive collection of annotated TeX tables (in SVG format) we explain the calculations that TeX uses to define the width of columns containing spanned entries (e.g., for table headings). By exploring (and explaining) a few key concepts we hope this article helps to make typesetting TeX tables just a little less frustrating and mysterious.

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