Overleaf Product Update: May 2017
By Ryan Looney

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:

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Taming LaTeX’s Page Layout: A Visual Template and Toolset for Book Authors
By Graham Douglas

Have you ever struggled to configure a book layout with LaTeX—setting the paper size, book page size (trim size) and margins? In this post we explore the relationship between LaTeX's model of the page and the conventional model used within the world of print and design. Using a set of Google Slides, which contain detailed page-layout illustrations, we show, step-by-step, how to formulate some very simple equations which provide a link between LaTeX's layout model and a typical specification that might be produced by a book designer or print-on-demand company. We also present and discuss a brand new Overleaf template which offers an implementation of those equations and provides visual page guides and rulers to preview your book's text area and margins:

Screenshot of the Overleaf template
Markdown into LaTeX with Style
By Lian Tze Lim

Who says LaTeX can’t be fun! Building on work published in an earlier blog article, this post shows how to use LaTeX and markdown to produce your own mini-booklets—perhaps a weekly planner or a story book for children. In this post we’ll demonstrate the possibilities by creating some recipe booklets.

What's in a Name: A Guide to the Many Flavours of TeX
By Graham Douglas

Perhaps you’ve heard of, or read about, something called “TeX”, “LaTeX” or “pdfLaTeX”—or any one of the multitude of similar-sounding terms—but you aren’t quite sure what they actually mean? If so, then this article is for you: a non-technical background to explain the many variations of TeX-based software: LaTeX, pdfTeX, pdfLaTeX, XeTeX, XeLaTeX, LuaTeX, and LuaLaTeX—what they mean and why they exist.

Virginia Tech Provides Overleaf Accounts to Students and Faculty
By Mary Anne Baynes
VA Tech and Overleaf logos

London, UK – April 11, 2017: Overleaf, an innovative provider of scientific writing and publishing tools, announced that Virginia Tech’s University Libraries and Overleaf have partnered to provide all Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff with Overleaf Pro+Teach accounts.

The new VA Tech Portal in Overleaf