Today we continue with our tour of tools that support your writing with a look at Overleaf (formerly known as writeLaTeX). Overleaf is a free, web-based LaTeX and rich text collaborative writing and publishing tool. Like Authorea (featured in yesterday’s blog post), it supports real-time collaboration in your browser, with real-time previews, so you can see your formatted document write away – just write in the left pane, and view your formatted document on the right. Comments and notes are supported, and there’s a package for presentations, as well. Templates help you get up and running in no time.
Use a ‘secret link’ to share your project with co-authors. Your project is saved every few seconds, so you can view and restore previous versions, if you need to.
Within your project, you can upload and download figures, bibliographies, and custom styles.
A link between Overleaf and Git is available (beta) – push and pull changes between your project in Overleaf and its Git repo clone.
Overleaf is a lot like Authorea – perhaps a bit simpler to use, but lacking some of Authorea’s deeper integrations and more sophisticated or advanced features.
For a thoughtful discussion of the future of the academic ‘paper’ that mentions several collaborative writing platforms and other innovative tools, take a look at this article: