Happy Holidays! 2017 Remembered…
The Overleaf Team!
Overleaf and ShareLaTeX team 2017 photos

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Overleaf! It’s amazing how quickly this year has flown by—and what a year it has been! We’ve seen huge growth and exciting changes and as always, we owe a huge THANK YOU to our customers and users. We certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without your support. So THANK YOU!!!

We wanted to share our 2017 highlights with you all—for both the company and for individuals on the team. We hope you find them interesting!

Thanks again for an amazing 2017 and here’s to a fun, happy and successful 2018 for you all!

Community in Focus: Professor Tim Weninger on how we consume and curate information
By Chris Walker

In this article we introduce you to Tim Weninger, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Amongst other things, Tim is working to make AI assistants like Siri and Alexa smarter and in this article he shares some details of his current research projects.

But first, let’s take a quick look at where it all began...

An interview with David Fuchs: TeX pioneer and designer of the DVI file format
By Chris Walker

TeX has a rich history and it’s our pleasure to publish this interview with David Fuchs—a name that will be a familiar name to anyone who is aware of the origins of TeX. David worked with Donald Knuth for almost 8 years to develop the first versions of TeX and MetaFont and was also responsible for designing TeX’s original output format: the DVI file format.

Tip of the Week: Add inline or margin comments to your PDF
By Ryan Looney

In LaTeX, you can use the % (percent sign) to comment out a line of text in your source code. If you'd like to include comments that appear in the PDF of your project, you can use the "Todo Notes" package.

Example of the Todonotes package in action
Unicode, UTF-8 and multilingual text: An introduction
By Graham Douglas

This article introduces a number of OpenType and Unicode-related topics: starting out with a discussion of what is meant by a “character” and moving on to introduce scripts/languages, Unicode encoding and UTF-8—together with an example of working with a multilingual text file containing English and Arabic text. Our objective is to provide an introduction to some key terms/topics and piece together a basic framework to show how those topics are related—providing users of LaTeX with some helpful background information.

Screenshot showing a multilingual UTF-8 text file open in a HEX editor