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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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Japanese TeX User Meeting 2017

Posted on October 17, 2017 by There and back again Feed

Last saturday the Japanese TeX User Meeting took place in Fujisawa, Kanagawa. For those who have been at the TUG 2013 in Tokyo you will remember that the Japanese TeX community is quite big and vibrant. On Saturday about 50 users and developers gathered for a set of talks on a variety of topics. The […]

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TeX Live Manager: JSON output

Posted on October 15, 2017 by There and back again Feed

With the development of TLCockpit continuing, I found the need for and easy exchange format between the TeX Live Manager tlmgr and frontend programs like TLCockpit. Thus, I have implemented JSON output for the tlmgr info command. While the format is not 100% stable – I might change some thing – I consider it pretty […]

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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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Debian/TeX Live 2017.20170926-1

Posted on September 26, 2017 by There and back again Feed

A full month or more has past since the last upload of TeX Live, so it was high time to prepare a new package. Nothing spectacular here I have to say, two small bugs fixed and the usual long list of updates and new packages. From the new packages I found fontloader-luaotfload and interesting project. […]

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Strategies for Funding Scholarly Authorship Services on your Campus

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Many activities in the classroom, the lab, and the research group intersect with the library and the resources provided by the library budget. Students, faculty and researchers use an amazing array of online resources—e-books, journals, conference proceedings, datasets, complex databases—usually funded by the university library. But what about the scholarly tools needed to analyze, write, publish and archive the results of the research completed? Which budget supports the analytic software for social scientists, the GIS software to map data, the authoring software to format articles, the supplies for the 3D printer lab? In this article Helen Josephine explores the options for libraries to partner with other campus departments and units to fund the tools and services needed to support today’s digital scholarly environment.

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Tip of the Week: Working Offline with Git

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know you can work offline and use Git to sync your files?

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Creating sparklines with LaTeX

Posted on September 24, 2017 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Sparklines, invented by Edward Tufte (check out his awesome books!), are an interesting way of visualizing information inside the text. For more information on the theoretical background check Prof. Tufte’s page https://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0001OR. For LaTeX users there are a few ways of using them inside LaTeX which we will briefly introduce in this article. 1. Using […]

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Presentation on „LaTeX and EPUB“

Posted on September 24, 2017 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series LWARPLast weekend I gave a presentation (in German) on „LaTeX and EPUB“ on the Dante Autumn Conference in Mönchengladbach. You can find the slides and examples in my github repository: https://github.com/UweZiegenhagen/TalksAndArticles/tree/master/2017-Dante-Herbst-LaTeX-ePub. UweUwe Ziegenhagen has been working with LaTeX for almost two decades. Besides TeX/LaTeX he […]

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