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Guest Post Feature: How to Promote Consistency in Collaborative Writing

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Founded in 1997, Scribendi is one of the world’s oldest and largest online editing and proofreading companies—providing clients with fast, reliable, and affordable language services. In this post Scribendi shares some invaluable advice to help ensure consistency within collaboratively-written documents.

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Overleaf Product Update: May 2017

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

We’re always working to make Overleaf better by introducing new features and improving existing ones. Here’s a short update on what we’ve been up to lately: My Projects Dashboard Pagination Controls Journals and Services Menu – Academic Journals Search Project Views Count Performance Improvements Click the links above to jump straight to that section, or click below to read the full post.

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Taming LaTeX’s Page Layout: A Visual Template and Toolset for Book Authors

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Have you ever struggled to configure a book layout with LaTeX—setting the paper size, book page size (trim size) and margins? In this post we explore the relationship between LaTeX's model of the page and the conventional model used within the world of print and design. Using a set of Google Slides, which contain detailed page-layout illustrations, we show, step-by-step, how to formulate some very simple equations which provide a link between LaTeX's layout model and a typical specification that might be produced by a book designer or print-on-demand company. We also present and discuss a brand new Overleaf template which offers an implementation of those equations and provides visual page guides and rulers to preview your book's text area and margins:

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TUG-BachoTeX 2017

Posted on May 8, 2017 by Content AND Presentation Feed

Last weekend I attended the Polish TeX meetup in Bachotek again. This time, I was there for the whole time. As usual, Bachotek did not dissapoint – the talks were very interesting, people were nice… (The weather was a bit rainy, but who cares.) I met (apart from the old friends) some interesting people, most notably Barbara Beeton and Frank Mittelbach. I attended quite a few very interesting talks. I especially liked Barbara Beeton’s talk about debugging LaTeX problems (in Emacs!), Adam Twardoch’s talk about free fonts, and Andrzej Tomaszewski’s talk about Ovid’s Halieutica. (It was a fascinating project of a book series, of which only the first one actually appeared some 20 years ago. Andrzej designed the book and the talk was devoted to his creative process. Right after the conference I actually bought the book, even though I do not care to much about Latin poetry, just for the aesthetic value. Also, the book is extremely difficult to come by nowadays; it seems that I bought the only copy on Allegro, the biggest Polish auction/online trade site!)

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Markdown into LaTeX with Style

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Who says LaTeX can’t be fun! Building on work published in an earlier blog article, this post shows how to use LaTeX and markdown to produce your own mini-booklets—perhaps a weekly planner or a story book for children. In this post we’ll demonstrate the possibilities by creating some recipe booklets.

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Many variants of a Beamer presentation – part III

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Content AND Presentation Feed

Some time ago I [[2016-09-05 Many variants of a Beamer presentation – part I|wrote]] [[2016-10-03 Many variants of a Beamer presentation – part II|about]] making both a presentation and lecture notes out of a single source in Beamer. I’m still using the setup shown there, but recently I encountered an unexpected problem. Consider this: {{{ \documentclass{article} \usepackage{beamerarticle} \begin{document} \begin{frame} \frametitle{A frame with a theorem} \begin{theorem} A~cool theorem. \end{theorem} \end{frame} \begin{frame} \frametitle{A~presentation-only frame with a theorem} \begin{theorem} Another theorem, visible only on a~presentation. \end{theorem} \end{frame} \begin{frame} \frametitle{Another frame with a theorem} \begin{theorem} The final theorem. \end{theorem} \end{frame} \end{document} }}} If you compile this, you’ll spot the problem immediately: while the second theorem is not present in the pdf, its //number// is taken up, and we have Theorem 3 right after Theorem 1. (In case of the {{{beamer}}} document class, everything works just fine – try it if you want.) It does make sense. Imagine a Beamer theme which actually does typeset theorem numbers. You would like then your theorem labels in the presentation and in the lecture notes to match. Usually, this is not the case, though, and I don’t really care for theorem numbers in the slides. So, here’s my ...

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TUGboat 38:1 published

Posted on April 23, 2017 by TeX Users Group Feed

TUGboat volume 38, number 1 (a regular issue) has been mailed to TUG members. It is also available online to members and from the TUG store. Please consider joining or renewing your TUG membership if you haven't already. Submission information for the next issue is available.

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What's in a Name: A Guide to the Many Flavours of TeX

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Perhaps you’ve heard of, or read about, something called “TeX”, “LaTeX” or “pdfLaTeX”—or any one of the multitude of similar-sounding terms—but you aren’t quite sure what they actually mean? If so, then this article is for you: a non-technical background to explain the many variations of TeX-based software: LaTeX, pdfTeX, pdfLaTeX, XeTeX, XeLaTeX, LuaTeX, and LuaLaTeX—what they mean and why they exist.

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Reading LaTeX articles

Posted on April 18, 2017 by TeXblog Feed

Yesterday I read the LaTeX2e-News of April, 2017. At first I tried it using a smart phone, then with a tablet. The news don’t appear as text on the project’s web site, there’s just a link. It has to be … Continue reading →

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TeX Live 2017 Pretesting

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Some TeX Developments Feed

Eager TeX users will have noticed that a few days ago TeX Live 2016 updates were frozen for ever. We now have the pretest available for TeX Live 2017. As always, using pre-release software is not without risk, but as you can install it in parallel with the older releases there is not a big ... Read more

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LaTeX2e News

Posted on April 17, 2017 by TeXblog Feed

This month saw a new release of LaTeX2e. The following has been changed or added: In addition to the yyyy/mm/dd date format, LaTeX now accepts ISO 8601 format date strings in the date argument of \ProvidesPackage , \usepackage , etc. … Continue reading →

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New LaTeX release --- Issue 27 of LaTeX2e news released

Posted on April 16, 2017 by LaTeX Project Feed

New LaTeX release — Issue 27 of LaTeX2e news released We have made a new LaTeX distribution in time for the new TeX live 2017 distribution. The most important changes and additions are documented in ltnews27.pdf. It can be found on the LaTeX2e news page.

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TeX Live 2016 frozen

Posted on April 15, 2017 by TeXblog Feed

Karl Berry mentioned it on the TL mailing list: TL 2016 is frozen now, a final build has been made. The pretest of TL 2017 will start soon.  

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Virginia Tech Provides Overleaf Accounts to Students and Faculty

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

London, UK – April 11, 2017: Overleaf, an innovative provider of scientific writing and publishing tools, announced that Virginia Tech’s University Libraries and Overleaf have partnered to provide all Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff with Overleaf Pro+Teach accounts.

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Webinar Recording – The Connected Culture of Collaboration

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Did you miss our recent participation in Digital Science's webinar on scholarly collaboration? No worries! You can view it at your leisure here:

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