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Exciting News — ShareLaTeX is joining Overleaf

Posted on July 20, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

We've got some exciting news — Overleaf and ShareLaTeX are joining forces, and we will be bringing our teams and services together as we continue to build the best tools for collaborative writing.

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Case Study: The University of Cambridge—Significant and Sustained Growth in the use of Overleaf

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

In this Case Study we discuss the latest results from the University of Cambridge’s trial of Overleaf Commons, highlighting rapid and substantial growth in the adoption of Overleaf by members of the university—both in terms of new registered users and the number of projects being created: In particular, we see a significant increase in the number of external institutions whose members collaborate with Cambridge via Overleaf:

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TeX Live contrib repository (re)new(ed)

Posted on July 14, 2017 by There and back again Feed

It is my pleasure to announce the renewal/rework/restart of the TeX Live contrib repository service. The repository is collecting packages that cannot enter TeX Live directly (mostly due to license reasons), but are free to distribute. The basic idea is to provide a repository mimicking Debian's nonfree branch. The packages on this site are not [...]

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Spritzkuchen in Space

Posted on July 5, 2017 by TikZ.de Feed

Heute habe ich einen Plot überarbeitet, um ihn auf TeXnique.fr zu stellen. Also, der sollte ungefähr so aussehen:   (Foto von Guido Draheim). Also wie ein Spritzkuchen, auch Spritzring genannt. Nur, hm, mathematischer und digitaler. Wie zeichnet man das? Erstmal einen Querschnitt überlegen. In Polarkoordinaten ergibt die Sinus-Funktion sin(x) einen Kreis, sin(3x) sind drei Blätter, …

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Twisting a Surface, or: a Doughnut in Outer Space

Posted on July 5, 2017 by TeX talk Feed

Do you know this delicious German pastry? (Photo by Guido Draheim, Wikipedia). It’s called “Spritzkuchen”.…

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BibLaTeX et Biber : supports de formation

Posted on July 1, 2017 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Lors du stage LaTeX à Dunkerque de 2017, j'ai présenté une courte introduction à BibLaTeX et Biber, dans le but de faire un « panorama » des possibilités ouvertes par ce package et ce logiciels. Le diaporama de présentation est disponible en deux versions : l'une pour lire après la conférence, comprenant des notes de bas de page complémentaires l'une pour utiliser en conférence, sans notes de bas de page et avec un affichage différé des différentes couches Par ailleurs, on trouvera ici des exemples (...) - BibLaTeX

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Case Study: Genetics Society of America—How Overleaf Streamlines Editorial Processes

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

In this Case Study we are delighted to share some of the Genetics Society of America’s experiences of using Overleaf and how it has made a very tangible and positive contribution to their publishing operations—and been welcomed by their author community. Today, 70% of all accepted LaTeX submissions coming into the the Genetics Society of America’s GENETICS journal are now written and submitted using the Overleaf template and platform. The Overleaf team are grateful to the GSA for their assistance during preparation of this Case Study.

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Overleaf Product Update: June 2017

Posted on June 29, 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: Enhanced Blog Posts Team Management Improvements Collaborator Count and List Bug Fixes Performance Improvements Click the links above to jump straight to that section, or click below to continue reading the full post.

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Overleaf is growing!

Posted on June 27, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Overleaf continues to grow and we’re happy to introduce our 3 new Overleaf team members - Lee Shalit, Graham Douglas, and Liz Kluk.

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de Gruyter style and Package babel Error You haven't defined the language ngerman yet

Posted on June 26, 2017 by Content AND Presentation Feed

A few days ago, I decided to submit a paper to a journal ran by de Gruyter. They have their LaTeX package, but it turned out it didn’t work – even with their own document template. The error message was Package babel Error: You haven't defined the language ngerman yet. It turned out that what needs to be done (at least in TeXlive) is to install the hyphen-german package. Go figure. (Admittedly, if you and all your testers run a TeX installation geared toward German users, that might be tricky to even find out. OTOH, is it really possible that I was the first one to encounter this issue, especially that the package has been out for almost a year now?)

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How TeX Calculates Glue Settings in an \hbox

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

This is the third, and concluding, article in a series which takes a look at TeX boxes and glue. The first post Boxes and Glue: A Brief, but Visual, Introduction Using LuaTeX introduced the concepts of boxes and glue and was followed by Pandora’s \hbox: Using LuaTeX to Lift the Lid of TeX Boxes which presented a LuaTeX-based Overleaf project to explore the deeper structures of TeX boxes through the use node graphs. In this final piece we take a “deep dive” into the mechanics of how TeX calculates glue values in an \hbox: a process referred to as setting the glue. We make extensive use of node graphs (introduced in the second article in this series) and show how to use and interpret some of the data they provide: glue_set, glue_sign and glue_order.

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TeX Live 2017 hits Debian/unstable

Posted on June 20, 2017 by There and back again Feed

Yesterday I uploaded the first packages of TeX Live 2017 to Debian/unstable, meaning that the new release cycle has started. Debian/stretch was released over the weekend, and this opened up unstable for new developments. The upload comprised the following packages: asymptote, cm-super, context, context-modules, texlive-base, texlive-bin, texlive-extra, texlive-extra, texlive-lang, texworks, xindy. I mentioned already in [...]

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Pandora’s \hbox: Using LuaTeX to Lift the Lid of TeX Boxes

Posted on June 17, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Boxes and glue are two key concepts which provide the foundation for TeX’s typesetting model and capabilities. Building on the introductory material in a previous post, Boxes and Glue: A Brief, but Visual, Introduction Using LuaTeX, this extensively-illustrated article examines boxes and glue in more detail. We also present a new LuaTeX-based Overleaf project that enables you to explore the deep inner structure of TeX boxes—providing insights which will help you to truly understand their behaviour.

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Boxes and Glue: A Brief, but Visual, Introduction Using LuaTeX

Posted on June 8, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

This post is a brief introduction to some key concepts/models involved in typesetting with TeX: boxes and glue—“setting the scene” for future articles that will go into much more detail.

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Using LuaTeX to run tools and utilities installed on Overleaf’s servers

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

In this short post we show how to use LuaTeX to run software tools and utilities installed on Overleaf’s servers, including how to capture, and then typeset, text that would normally be displayed in a terminal window. You might want to capture text such as success or failure reports from the program you are running, or the result of issuing command-line options such as --help to see the program’s options, or -v to determine which version of the program is installed.

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