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Tip of the Week: Speed up compile time

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

If your project is taking a long time to compile, or reaching compile timeout limits, here are some suggestions to speed things up.

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Slides and videos from the recent celebration of Don Knuth’s 80th birthday

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Donald Knuth’s 80th birthday on January 10, 2018 was celebrated by two events in Piteå, Sweden: the scientific symposium "Knuth80: Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Information" in honour of Don’s career-long efforts, followed by the world premiere of Fantasia Apocalyptica, a multimedia work for pipe organ and video written by Don himself.

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UNSW provides Overleaf accounts to students and faculty

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Overleaf is happy to announce that The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) and Overleaf have partnered to provide all UNSW students, faculty and staff with Overleaf Pro+Teach accounts. The UNSW Library is providing the UNSW community with innovative scholarly authorship technology via premium Overleaf accounts and a custom UNSW authoring portal on Overleaf:

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A New Tool for Authors – the IEEE LaTeX Analyzer, powered by Overleaf

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

London, UK—February 8, 2018: A new tool for authors – the IEEE LaTeX Analyzer, powered by Overleaf – helps speed up the publishing process by allowing authors to upload articles and validate their article’s LaTeX files prior to submission to the IEEE.

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New (and older) articles uploaded

Posted on January 29, 2018 by LaTeX Project Feed

New (and older) articles uploaded We have added a number of links to new (and a few older) articles on different topics on the Publications page. These are: A General LuaTeX Framework for Globally Optimized Pagination This article is an extended version (37 pages) of the 2016 ACM article “A General Framework for Globally Optimized Pagination”, providing a lot more details and additional research results. It was submitted to the Computational Intelligence Journal (Wiley) in 2017 and accepted January 2018. New rules for reporting bugs in the LaTeX core software (TUGboat 2018) Exploring \romannumeral and expansion (TUGboat 2016) Automating LaTeX(3) testting (TUGboat 2015) Joseph’s Adventures in Unicodeland (TUGboat 2015) Through the \parshape, and what Joseph found there (TUGboat 2015) Recollections of a spurious space catcher (TUGboat 2015) The xtemplate package: An example (TUGboat 2012) An external perspective on our ideas for a designer interface by Clemens Niederberger. An exploration of the Latin Modern fonts (TUGboat 2007) Page design in LaTeX3 (TUGboat 2006) Everything we want to know about Font Resources (TUGboat 2006) Enjoy - Frank

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Attending the launch of Dimensions from Digital Science

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Earlier this week I was delighted to be able to attend the launch of the new Dimensions product from our colleagues at Digital Science. Held at the Wellcome Trust building in central London, the evening was a mix of invited talks and panel discussions from speakers across the research workflow, along with a live demo of the new product from Daniel Hook and Christian Herzog who have led this project from its inception. The reaction in the room was very positive and engaged, which was all the more impressive given that this was an after work event on a Monday night! At its core, Dimensions is connecting together the data behind the different elements of research – including grants, publications, citations, clinical trials and patents – and allowing the user to query that data in a very flexible way to make it as broad or specific as they need. For researchers it provides immediate, free access to search and citation data for 86 million articles and books.

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Lift-off with ShareLaTeX: Cornell Rocketry wins documentation award

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this Question and Answer session, Simran Shinh of Cornell University (Operations Research Engineering '20) tells us why Cornell Rocketry chose ShareLaTeX and how it helped them win an award for their technical documentation. Cornell Rocketry Team’s rocket, Ezra, leaves the launch pad. Photo credit: Liam Patterson (Electrical Engineering '20).

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Tip of the Week: How to download an Overleaf template

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this week’s tip we provide a short video showing how to download an Overleaf template for use in a local TeX/LaTeX installation.

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LaTeX tutorial in the iX Magazine

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

The iX, magazine for professional IT in German language, started a tutorial about LaTeX. The current issue 1/2018 deals…

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Guest Post Feature: Could crowdfunding your research be right for you in 2018?

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Crowd.Science is a platform which aims to help academics raise the funding they need for their research. In this article, Natalie Jonk, co-founder and CEO of Crowd.Science, shares some valuable insights for anyone considering crowdfunding as a way to fund their next research project. The Crowd.Science platform home page.

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Color Table Series Part 2: Xcolor Package

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Overview Introduction to colors The colortbl package The xcolor package   3. The xcolor package While coloring tables, the xcolor package provides the same commands as colortbl. The reason is that loading the xcolor package with the table option loads the colortbl package in the background. On top to the functionality provided by colortbl (discussed ... [Read more...]

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Counting LaTeX commands in a bunch of files

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Content AND Presentation Feed

I hope that I want bore anyone to death with blog posts related to the journal I’m working for, but here’s another story about my experiences with that. I am currently writing a manual for authors wanting to prepare a paper for Wiadomości Matematyczne. We accept LaTeX files, of course, but we have our own LaTeX class (not yet public), and adapting what others wrote (usually using article) is sometimes a lot of work. Having the authors follow our guidelines could make that slightly less work, which is something I’d be quite happy with. (Of course, making a bunch of university mathematicians do something reasonable would be an achievement in itself.) When I presented (the current version of) the manual to my colleagues in the editorial board, we agreed that nobody will read it anyway. And then I had an idea of preparing a TL;DR version, just a few sentences, where I could mention the one thing I want to get across: dear authors, please do not do anything fancy, just stick with plain ol’ LaTeX. And one component of that message could be a list of LaTeX commands people should stick to. (If you have never worked for a ...

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Tip of the Week: New Year, New Font? Check out the fonts available on Overleaf

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Are you looking to refresh your document design and layout using some different fonts, or wondering just which fonts are supported on Overleaf? One way to unlock many new design possibilities is to use OpenType fonts via the the fontspec package—fonts galore!

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Overleaf’s LaTeX tutorial—now available in five languages!

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know that Overleaf has a LaTeX tutorial—with hands-on guidance using examples that you can work through to build-up your LaTeX expertise?

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OpenType-based math typesetting: An introduction to the STIX2 OpenType fonts

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this article we take a brief look at the STIX2 fonts, the latest set of high quality OpenType text and math fonts produced by the Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIX) font project. We provide a range of resources including a ShareLaTeX template, a video and a downloadable glyph chart detailing over 5000 glyphs contained in the STIX2 OpenType math font STIX2Math.otf. An example page from the glyph chart for the STIX2 OpenType math font STIX2Math.otf.

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