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Integration Update: Auto-compiling in ShareLaTeX

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

As part of our integration work, we're very happy to announce that automatic compiling is coming to ShareLaTeX!

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New From Overleaf—The LaTeX Validation Service

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

The Overleaf LaTeX Validation Service is a fully automated LaTeX compilation service delivering consistency and quality control for publishers, providing speed, simplicity and peace of mind for authors. In this post we explain how it can benefit your organization through workflow efficiencies and providing world-class services and support to your authoring community.

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Tip of the Week: How can I optimize large images?

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

If you have large images, and run into issues compiling, or approach your file size limit, we have some tips to help you!

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Videos from the 2014 UK-TUG conference

Posted on October 24, 2017 by LaTeX Project Feed

Videos from the 2014 UK-TUG conference available Somehow those got lost in some email folder of mine, so I’ll announce them about three years late. However, the talks by David and Joseph discuss a number of important topics that are still very relevant, so better late than never: Fixing LaTeX2e – a new and better plan than using fixltx2e that never worked in practice Reliable Releases: l3build – a general package and distribution builder for any type of software in the TeX world (not just LaTeX3) Case Changing in the Unicode world – and the issues related to this. The links to the videos can be found on the project publication page if you scroll down to 2014. Enjoy – Frank

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Author interview with Will Cong – Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Lin William Cong is an assistant professor of Finance and PhD advisor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and faculty member at the Center for East Asian Studies. He recently reached out to Overleaf to offer his compliments on our service, and we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about collaboration – what it means to him and how it's part of the challenges and successes of his work.

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Styles in TikZ

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Content AND Presentation Feed

Many TeX users learned to love the great TikZ package. I used to be a great fan of Metapost (even back in the good ol’ days of DOS), but when a friend told me about TikZ, I checked it out and instantly fell in love. No more external compilation, no more strange syntax, no more problems with labels etc. Yes, MP has its advantages, like the declarative way of solving linear equations or the Hobby algorithm for finding the nicest curve fitting to a set of points. And yes, with \write18 or LuaTeX (or just plain old makefiles), you don’t have to run a separate program to compile your MP diagrams. But I made my switch, and most of the time I’m really glad I did. There are a few things, however, which are a bit uncool with TikZ. One of them is that I find it notoriously difficult to define commands to draw repetitive things in my diagrams.

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An Introduction to LuaTeX (Part 1): What is it—and what makes it so different?

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Image Credit: By Per Erik Strandberg sv:User:PER9000 - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link In this first article of a new series on LuaTeX, we provide a non-technical background and introduction to help you better understand this incredibly powerful TeX engine: why/how its design enables users to build, design and create a wide range of solutions to complex typesetting and document engineering problems.

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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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