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A five-step guide to the Overleaf teaching tools

Posted on October 3, 2016 by Overleaf Feed

With our new teaching account you can quickly and easily send out assignments to your students, which they can complete online and submit back to you with a single click. Here we present a visual five-step guide to getting set up with a teaching account and using the integrated tools to create, distribute and collect your course assignments. We finish with a short video demonstration of all the features in action.

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Many variants of a Beamer presentation – part II

Posted on October 3, 2016 by Content AND Presentation Feed

Some time ago I wrote a post about compiling two versions of a Beamer presentation from one source using the docmute package. I promised to show how to compile also lecture notes from the very same source. So, here’s how.

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LuaTeX 1.0 announced

Posted on September 28, 2016 by LaTeX Project Feed

LuaTeX 1.0 announced Big congratulations from us to the LuaTeX Team for achieving this hugely important milestone! It was very much awaited and we are looking forward to seeing more code in the LaTeX world that makes use of the extended possibilities offered by the LuaTeX engine now that it has reached a stable state. Congrats! Here is the original announcement from the LuaTeX Team Version 1.0.0 After some ten years of development and testing, today we have released LuaTeX 1.0.0! Instead of staying below one and ending up with versions like 0.99.1234, we decided that the moment is there to show the TeX audience that LuaTeX is stable enough to loose its beta status. Although functionality has evolved and sometimes been replaced, we have been using LuaTeX in production right from the start. Of course there are bugs and for sure we will fix them. Our main objective is to provide a variant of TeX that permits user extensions without the need to adapt the inner workings. We did add a few things here and there but they mostly relate to opening up the inner parts and/or the wish to influence some hard coded behaviour. Via Lua we managed ...

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Remembering Sebastian Rahtz (13.2.1955 - 15.3.2016)

Posted on September 24, 2016 by LaTeX Project Feed

Remembering Sebastian Sebastian Rahtz (13.2.1955 - 15.3.2016) Earlier this year our good friend and colleague Sebastian Rahtz passed away — with him the TeX community lost one of its very influencial members. On September 27th 2016 the Oxford e-Research Centre will host a memorial session for Sebastian at Wolfram College, Oxford titled “SPQR a digital legacy: what Sebastian Patrick Quintus Rahtz did for us”. The event is open to anybody after registration. Frank wrote a short memorial on Sebastian for the Technische Komödie (the newsletter of the German TeX User’s Group (DANTE)). It was also was also translated to English as a TUGBoat article. Both articles can be found on the Publications page.

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Three submissions in three weeks! Overleaf's partnership with the Center for Open Science is off to a flying start

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Overleaf Feed

Update 23rd Sept: Make that four submissions! Our first submission to the SocArXiv just went through today too! :) Three weeks ago we announced a new partnership with the Center for Open Science on their new OSF Preprints Service. I'm delighted to report that, after only three weeks of the submission links being live, we've now had three submissions to the engRxiv directly from Overleaf!

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DocEng '16: A Framework for Globally Optimized Pagination

Posted on September 20, 2016 by LaTeX Project Feed

A Framework for Globally Optimized Pagination At DocEng ‘16 the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering Frank presented a paper on “A Framework for Globally Optimized Pagination” that discusses an algorithm and its theoretical foundation for globally optimized pagination using a dynamic programming approach. The paper was awarded best paper 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 Pagination problems deal with questions around transforming a source text stream into a formatted document by dividing it up into individual columns and pages, including adding auxiliary elements that have some relationship to the source stream data but may allow a certain amount of variation in placement (such as figures or footnotes). Traditionally the pagination problem has been approached by separating it into one of micro-typography (e.g., breaking text into paragraphs, also known as h&j) and one of macro-typography (e.g., taking a galley of already formatted paragraphs and breaking them into columns and pages) without much interaction between the two. While early solutions for both problem spaces used simple greedy algorithms, Knuth and Plass introduced in the ’80s a global-fit algorithm for line breaking that optimizes ...

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Gérer les claves avec biblatex

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Lorsqu'on cite des œuvres anciennes, par exemple dans le domaine du christianisme ancien, il peut être utile d'indiquer l'identifiant de celles-ci dans une ou plusieurs claves (singulier clavis), tel que la Bibliotheca hagiographica graeca (BHG) ou la Clavis apocryphorum novi testamenti (CANT), afin d'éviter les confusions entre œuvres homonymes, ou pour clarifier l'identification d'une œuvre publiée sous différents titres. Le package biblatex-claves, juste publié sur le CTAN et inspiré d'une (...) - BibLaTeX

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Organize your LaTeX projects more effectively with tagging and filtering

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Overleaf Feed

Organizing your projects within Overleaf is now much simpler with our new 'My Projects' dashboard with streamlined interface. You can now tag and filter your documents for easy navigation. Simply tag your documents to organise them into groups - then filter by tag to find your work in an instant.

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TUG2017: Plan ahead

Posted on September 11, 2016 by Some TeX Developments Feed

For those people thinking about going to TUG2017, the first, vital info has appeared: a date. The meeting will take place from 29th April to 3rd May along with BachoTeX. Hopefully everyone can start planning ahead …

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Check it, check it out! Overleaf Webinar Recording – Enabling Research and Collaboration at Institutions

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Overleaf Feed

Check out our recent webinar – Enabling Research and Collaboration at Institutions! It was a great webinar with a notable line up of speakers.

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Many variants of a Beamer presentation – part I

Posted on September 5, 2016 by Content AND Presentation Feed

ome time ago I decided to prepare slides for a certain lecture using Beamer. I thought it would be nice to have a few versions of the slides. For starters, I wanted to prepare lecture notes for the students. Also, I wanted to check how the “notes” feature works (spoiler: it works nice, though it does not play extremely well with hyperref).

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Rigour and Openness in 21st Century Science

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Overleaf Feed

This is an excellent collection of talks from the Future of Science event held in Oxford last month: rigourandopenness.com Entitled "Rigour and Openness in 21st Century Science", the event brought together representatives from the many areas of science and publication...

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Open access publishing with writeLaTeX and F1000Research

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Overleaf Feed

We're proud (and excited!) to be officially featured as part of the F1000Research submission process, for example as seen in this extract from their author guidelines page: F1000Research are also offering authors of software papers the chance to submit for free during 2013, to help encourage the documentation of the software used in life sciences research.

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Join us at Mozilla Science Lab's Global Sprint, Jul 22-23

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Overleaf Feed

The writeLaTeX team will be helping out at Mozilla Science Lab's first Global Sprint, Jul 22–23 — two days of intense work on open source projects in open science and teaching. There are both technical and non-technical projects, and there are 18 (and counting!) sprint sites around the world, so there's one near you! Join us!

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What should the scientific record look like in the digital age?

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Overleaf Feed

A guest blog post by Julia Schölermann Join us at the SpotOn conference in London on Friday Nov 9th 3-4 pm to discuss the possibilities and implications of rethinking the scientific record. Join the conversation live on twitter using #solo13digital or read our session notes - prepared collaboratively and on the fly using writeLaTeX.com and pushed to figshare at the conclusion of the session.

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