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In memoriam Staszek Wawrykiewicz

Posted on February 10, 2018 by There and back again Feed

We have lost a dear member of our community, Staszek Wawrykiewicz. I got notice that our friend died in an accident the other day. My heart stopped for an instant when I read the...

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A New Tool for Authors – the IEEE LaTeX Analyzer, powered by Overleaf

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

London, UK—February 8, 2018: A new tool for authors – the IEEE LaTeX Analyzer, powered by Overleaf – helps speed up the publishing process by allowing authors to upload articles and validate their article’s LaTeX files prior to submission to the IEEE.

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Using individual glyphs from a OpenType Font in LuaLaTeX

Posted on February 4, 2018 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

I am currently preparing a tutorial on the Texas Instruments BAII Plus Professional Calculator in LaTeX. TI provides the font for the different keystrokes as TTF and PFB/PFM which makes it way easier to typeset the symbols. The first step was to convert the font to OTF format. I tried TTF 2 OTF first without […]

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LaTeX Beamer Beispiel mit Metropolis und IBM Plex

Posted on February 4, 2018 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Hier ein Beispiel für das Beamer Metropolis Theme mit IBM Plex Schrift: \documentclass[12pt,ngerman]{beamer} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{booktabs} \usepackage{babel} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{csquotes} \usepackage{xcolor} \usepackage[sfdefault]{plex-sans} \usetheme[progressbar=frametitle]{metropolis} % Use metropolis theme \title{A minimal Metropolis + IBM Plex example} \date{\today} \author{Max Mustermann} \institute{The Name of the Institute} \makeatletter \setlength{\metropolis@titleseparator@linewidth}{1pt} \setlength{\metropolis@progressonsectionpage@linewidth}{1pt} \setlength{\metropolis@progressinheadfoot@linewidth}{1pt} \makeatother \begin{document} \begin{frame} \maketitle \end{frame} \begin{frame} \frametitle{Introduction} \framesubtitle{~} \[ a^2 […]

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Attending the launch of Dimensions from Digital Science

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Earlier this week I was delighted to be able to attend the launch of the new Dimensions product from our colleagues at Digital Science. Held at the Wellcome Trust building in central London, the evening was a mix of invited talks and panel discussions from speakers across the research workflow, along with a live demo of the new product from Daniel Hook and Christian Herzog who have led this project from its inception. The reaction in the room was very positive and engaged, which was all the more impressive given that this was an after work event on a Monday night! At its core, Dimensions is connecting together the data behind the different elements of research – including grants, publications, citations, clinical trials and patents – and allowing the user to query that data in a very flexible way to make it as broad or specific as they need. For researchers it provides immediate, free access to search and citation data for 86 million articles and books.

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Lift-off with ShareLaTeX: Cornell Rocketry wins documentation award

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this Question and Answer session, Simran Shinh of Cornell University (Operations Research Engineering '20) tells us why Cornell Rocketry chose ShareLaTeX and how it helped them win an award for their technical documentation. Cornell Rocketry Team’s rocket, Ezra, leaves the launch pad. Photo credit: Liam Patterson (Electrical Engineering '20).

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Continuous integration testing of TeX Live sources

Posted on January 22, 2018 by There and back again Feed

The TeX Live sources consists in total of around 15000 files and 8.7M lines (see git stats). It integrates several upstream projects, including big libraries like FreeType, Cairo, and Poppler. Changes come in from...

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TLCockpit v0.8

Posted on January 20, 2018 by There and back again Feed

Today I released v0.8 of TLCockpit, the GUI front-end for the TeX Live Manager tlmgr. I spent the winter holidays in updating and polishing, but also in helping me debug problems that users have...

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Tip of the Week: How to download an Overleaf template

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this week’s tip we provide a short video showing how to download an Overleaf template for use in a local TeX/LaTeX installation.

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TeX at iX and heise

Posted on January 17, 2018 by TeX tips Feed

The iX recently published a LaTeX tutorial. Quick reviews are on (Deutsch/German)

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LaTeX tutorial in the iX Magazine

Posted on January 17, 2018 by TeX talk Feed

The iX, magazine for professional IT in German language, started a tutorial about LaTeX. The current issue 1/2018 deals…

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Guest Post Feature: Could crowdfunding your research be right for you in 2018?

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Crowd.Science is a platform which aims to help academics raise the funding they need for their research. In this article, Natalie Jonk, co-founder and CEO of Crowd.Science, shares some valuable insights for anyone considering crowdfunding as a way to fund their next research project. The Crowd.Science platform home page.

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LaTeX-Tutorial im iX-Magazin

Posted on January 16, 2018 by TeXwelt Feed

Die iX, Magazin für professionelle IT, wird weiterhin dem Anspruch auf Inhalt für Profis gerecht: im aktuellen Heft 1/2018 startet sie ein Tutorial zu LaTeX. Und dies auf hohem Niveau: Marei Peischl stellt den seit Jahrzehnten etablierte Klassiker LaTeX hier … Weiterlesen →

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Color Table Series Part 2: Xcolor Package

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Overview Introduction to colors The colortbl package The xcolor package   3. The xcolor package While coloring tables, the xcolor package provides the same commands as colortbl. The reason is that loading the xcolor package with the table option loads the colortbl package in the background. On top to the functionality provided by colortbl (discussed ... [Read more...]

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Counting LaTeX commands in a bunch of files

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Content AND Presentation Feed

I hope that I want bore anyone to death with blog posts related to the journal I’m working for, but here’s another story about my experiences with that. I am currently writing a manual for authors wanting to prepare a paper for Wiadomości Matematyczne. We accept LaTeX files, of course, but we have our own LaTeX class (not yet public), and adapting what others wrote (usually using article) is sometimes a lot of work. Having the authors follow our guidelines could make that slightly less work, which is something I’d be quite happy with. (Of course, making a bunch of university mathematicians do something reasonable would be an achievement in itself.) When I presented (the current version of) the manual to my colleagues in the editorial board, we agreed that nobody will read it anyway. And then I had an idea of preparing a TL;DR version, just a few sentences, where I could mention the one thing I want to get across: dear authors, please do not do anything fancy, just stick with plain ol’ LaTeX. And one component of that message could be a list of LaTeX commands people should stick to. (If you have never worked for a ...

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