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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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A small editing tool for work with AMSrefs

Posted on January 7, 2018 by Content AND Presentation Feed

As I mentioned many times, I often edit LaTeX files written by someone else for a journal. One thing which is notoriously difficult to get right when writing academic papers is bibliographies. At Wiadomości Matematyczne, we use AMSrefs, which is really nice (even if it has some rough edges here and there). (BTW, BibLaTeX was not as mature as it is today when we settled on our tool; also, AMSrefs might be a tad easier to customize, though I’m not sure about that anymore…) One of the commands AMSrefs offers is \citelist. Instead of writing things like papers \cite{1}, \cite{2} and~\cite{3}, you write papers \citelist{\cite{1}\cite{2}\cite{3}}, and AMSrefs sorts these entries and compresses runs into ranges (like in [1-3]). The only problem is that most authors have no idea that this exists, and we often have to convert “manual” lists of citations into \citelist‘s. Well, as usual, Emacs to the rescue.

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Why to join a TeX users group

Posted on January 7, 2018 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

As I wanted to write a post about benefits of joining the TeX Users Group,…

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Tip of the Week: Using Overleaf teaching tools with your learning management system

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know you can use the Overleaf teaching tools with your learning management system? Once you've created your teaching assignment on Overleaf, you'll be provided with a unique URL you can share with your students.

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LaTeX pillory – macros everywhere

Posted on December 31, 2017 by Content AND Presentation Feed

A few years ago, my frustration with what people do with (or to…) LaTeX made me start a (now rather abandoned) series of blog posts (in Polish) with the common theme of a “LaTeX pillory”. The name is somwhet misleading, since I don’t really want to shame anyone – but I do want to put shame on some practices. This time I received something that is so terrifying that I decided to revive that project.

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Happy Holidays! 2017 Remembered…

Posted on December 28, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Overleaf! It’s amazing how quickly this year has flown by—and what a year it has been! We’ve seen huge growth and exciting changes and as always, we owe a huge THANK YOU to our customers and users. We certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without your support. So THANK YOU!!! We wanted to share our 2017 highlights with you all—for both the company and for individuals on the team. We hope you find them interesting! Thanks again for an amazing 2017 and here’s to a fun, happy and successful 2018 for you all!

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Community in Focus: Professor Tim Weninger on how we consume and curate information

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

In this article we introduce you to Tim Weninger, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Amongst other things, Tim is working to make AI assistants like Siri and Alexa smarter and in this article he shares some details of his current research projects. But first, let’s take a quick look at where it all began...

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LyX 2.3 release candidate with new features

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

The first public release candidate of LyX 2.3 is available with an amazing amount of…

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Tip of the Week: Add inline or margin comments to your PDF

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

In LaTeX, you can use the % (percent sign) to comment out a line of text in your source code. If you'd like to include comments that appear in the PDF of your project, you can use the "Todo Notes" package.

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An interview with David Fuchs: TeX pioneer and designer of the DVI file format

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

TeX has a rich history and it’s our pleasure to publish this interview with David Fuchs—a name that will be a familiar name to anyone who is aware of the origins of TeX. David worked with Donald Knuth for almost 8 years to develop the first versions of TeX and MetaFont and was also responsible for designing TeX’s original output format: the DVI file format.

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Unicode, UTF-8 and multilingual text: An introduction

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

This article introduces a number of OpenType and Unicode-related topics: starting out with a discussion of what is meant by a “character” and moving on to introduce scripts/languages, Unicode encoding and UTF-8—together with an example of working with a multilingual text file containing English and Arabic text. Our objective is to provide an introduction to some key terms/topics and piece together a basic framework to show how those topics are related—providing users of LaTeX with some helpful background information.

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Fancy Labels and References in LaTeX

Posted on December 17, 2017 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

The referencing functions in LaTeX are pretty powerful. In this article we want to illustrate some of those features and present packages that extend on them. The basic functionality is easy to understand: place a \label{key} behind a chapter, sectioning command or an image or table and assign a unique (!) key to it. Then ... [Read more...]

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beamer developments

Posted on December 17, 2017 by Some TeX Developments Feed

I’ve been looking after beamer for a few years, largely ‘by accident’ (this seems to happen quite a lot). Relatively recently, I moved the code from BitBucket to GitHub, largely because there’s a slow drift there for LaTeX projects. The advantage of that is the chance to pick up additional help. Eagle-eyed readers will have ... Read morebeamer developments

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