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600,000 users on Overleaf make over 2 billion edits!

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

We’re excited to announce that Overleaf now has over 600,000 registered users! And not only that… together you've made over 2 billion edits across all the projects you've worked on over the past 4 years. That's simply amazing! For those of you wondering what 2 billion edits looks like, it's equivalent to around 11.5 billion pages compiled – so over four years we've compiled (on average) 100 pages each second! Or, to put it another way, if you printed off all of those pages and stacked them up, you'd have a pile 9,000km high – 1000 times the height of Mount Everest! We've come a long way since it was just John Lees-Miller and I at the start of it all back in 2013... cue artistic shot of two explorers looking upwards on Mt. Everest – alas no, this isn't John and I :) Photo by Lloyd Smith, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link to original.

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TUG 2017 election voting open

Posted on February 14, 2017 by TeX Users Group Feed

For TUG President, one individual was nominated: Boris Veytsman. Thus, he is duly elected and will serve for a two-year term. For the Board of Directors, 14 individuals were nominated for the 10 open positions; hence, an election ballot is required. All current TUG members are eligible to vote. This year, it is strongly recommended to vote electronically in the TUG members area. Full election information is on the TUG election page.

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Overleaf CTO Dr John Lees-Miller interviewed for #DevWeek17

Posted on February 13, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

DeveloperWeek 2017 is the world’s largest developer expo and conference series with over 50 week-long events and dozens of city-wide partner events. The theme this year is, ‘The Industrial Revolution of Code’ – examining the ways in which code is revolutionizing the way we conduct business and ourselves. To celebrate #DevWeek17, Digital Science – Overleaf's lead investor – are conducting a series of interviews of those involved in the development of new tools and innovations in the research space. Delighted to help kick things off, our very own Dr John Lees-Miller is up first! Here's his first answer; check out the original interview for the full set, including John's advice for those looking to break into the competitive world of software development.

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Proper tables with LaTeX

Posted on February 6, 2017 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Tables are great to visualize data in a structured way. Unfortunately, too often I see tables which are cluttered and difficult to read and interpret. It takes little to make them more presentable and easier to read. This post advocates tidy and lean tables, to the benefit of the reader. 1. Add a caption which ... [Read more...]

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Case Study - Purdue University - Graduate School improves thesis authoring and submission processes

Posted on February 3, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

The Purdue University Graduate School was evaluating tools and solutions that would address the following goals: Make the thesis writing process easier for students. Decrease the amount of time and work required by the Graduate School to review theses. Streamline the thesis review process. Providing premium Overleaf accounts and customized writing templates to all students, faculty and staff is helping the Purdue Graduate School achieve these goals.

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Hosting upgrade

Posted on January 29, 2017 by Some TeX Developments Feed

As I mentioned a little while ago, I’ve moved the hosting for my blog and added https access as-standard. Doing that, I of course had to take a stab at how big a hosting package to buy. I get a steady set of hits, according to WordPress’s JetPack plugin about 5000/month. So I went for ... Read more

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TUG election deadline of Feb 1

Posted on January 27, 2017 by TeX Users Group Feed

Nominations for the TeX Users Group election for this year are due Feb 1 (5pm PST). The positions of TUG president and of several directions are up for election. A nomination form and full details are available.

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New LaTeX release --- Issue 26 of LaTeX2e news released

Posted on January 26, 2017 by LaTeX Project Feed

New LaTeX release — Issue 26 of LaTeX2e news released We have made a new LaTeX distribution with improves the support for the Unicode engines and has a number of other updates and improvements. Also important: we now officially require the engines to support the eTeX primitives in order to build a LaTeX format (all major engines do that already for a long time). The most important changes and additions are documented in ltnews26.pdf. It can be found on the LaTeX2e news page.

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Edifix Converts Unstructured Bibliographies to BibTeX

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Edifix is an exciting new solution that employs a unique and patented heuristic parsing system to analyze references and create structured data from unstructured, plain text bibliographies. It converts your reference list into a variety of formats, including BibTeX.

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\emph cassé avec la nouvelle version de fontspec

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

La version 2.5c de fontspec est sorti le 20 janvier. Cependant cette version casse une fonctionnalité importante : la commande \emph ne fonctionne plus. Le problème est connu, et une nouvelle version, 2.5d, devrait sortir sous peu. - Bugs et debugs

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Eine Mindmap vom Matheplaneten

Posted on January 23, 2017 by TikZ.de Feed

Heute begegnete mir eine TikZ-Mindmap – in freier Wildbahn! Ich sah sie auf der Matheplanet-Award-Verleihung. Ich konnte nicht umhin, ein bisschen daran herumzubasteln, aber nur wenig. Weil ich Serifen in Diagrammen nicht so dolle mag, lieber Styles definiere statt Schriftbefehle in nodes zu setzen, bisschen kürze und einrücke und mit Leerzeichen den Code etwas für …

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XeLaTeX et Latexmk

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

La version 4.52 de Latexmk vient de sortir. Elle intègre directement le support de XeLaTeX. Ceci ne facilite pas que la création d'un fichier de configuration, mais permet de gagner un temps substantiel lors de la compilation. Explications. Rappel : ce qu'est Latexmk La compilation complète d'un document latex suit en général les étapes suivantes : compilation (Xe)LaTeX compilation Biber compilation (Xe)LaTeX encore une compilation (Xe)LaTeX pour s'assurer que tous les liens soient (...) - Compilation en série

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Debian/TeX Live January 2017

Posted on January 18, 2017 by There and back again Feed

As the freeze of the next release is closing in, I have updated a bunch of packages around TeX: All of the TeX Live packages (binaries and arch independent ones) and tex-common. I might see whether I get some updates of ConTeXt out, too. The changes in the binaries are mostly cosmetic: one removal of [...]

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10 years of LaTeX-Community.org

Posted on January 15, 2017 by LaTeX Community News Feed

It's been 10 years since the LaTeX Community forum came online! It was founded by Sven Wiegand, he posted the announcement on January 14, 2007. The board statistics on the bottom of the forum index page says, we got: Total posts 87310 • Total topics 22249 • Total members 14947.

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LaTeX-Dateien vergleich mit latexdiff

Posted on January 15, 2017 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

latexdiff ist Bestandteil von TeX Live und erlaubt es, die Unterschiede zwischen zwei LaTeX-Dateien hervorzuheben. Hier ein Beispiel mit einem kurzen Textschnipsel aus der Wikipedia: Das Original (Giraffe1.tex) \documentclass[12pt,ngerman]{scrartcl} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{babel} \usepackage{csquotes} \begin{document} Die Giraffen (Giraffa) sind eine Gattung der Säugetiere aus der Ordnung der Paarhufer. Ursprünglich wurden ihr mit Giraffa camelopardalis und der […]

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