I have been using Microsoft Word until this weekend when I learned about LaTeX. All of the comparisons I have seen so far claim that LaTeX automatically formats the headers, citations, and figures/captions, however, I am able to do this in Word. Word has a caption option for the figures and I can link my in-text reference to the figure to automatically update, like in LaTeX. Also, there is a bibliography feature in Word that allows me to place in-text citations, save sources, and automatically populate a reference page at the end of my document. I can also change the formatting between APA and MLA in one click. Also, the headers for the sections in Word are easy to use and automatically populate a table of contents. I think the only real advantages for LaTeX are for aesthetics and writing equations and formulas. Am I missing something or are there other features that LaTeX has and Word doesn't?
Update: Thanks everyone, I will start using LaTeX for my papers. I completed my Calculus ho... keep reading on reddit ➡
I started working at new company, and I learned LaTeX by reading reddit and asking questions.
You guys are super helpful! I learned it (not pro, but soon™)
Edit: Thanks for not deleting submitted questions, that also helps a lot!
I originally wrote this as a comment in another post, but decided that other people curious about latex could use the info too. Please note I'm not a writer, and have terrible Grammer/punctuation. This is my own personal experience if others have other note worthy information please feel free to add to it. A lot of people are curious about latex, but since it's a rather rare material it can can sometimes be difficult to try before you buy. I hope this information will help you in your journey towards a more natural sleep. If you have questions please do not hesitate to ask them. I will try answer them to the best of my abilities.
OK so I will try to describe what sleeping on a latex mattress feels like without being too bias. If your a very sensitive sleeper that can instantly notice how a mattress feels, then latex will feel alien to you. My wife is not a sensitive sleeper and she says she barely noticed the difference between our new latex mattress and our old gel memory foam mattre... keep reading on reddit ➡
Not that it bothers me but why was this decision made?
I became interested in LaTex, but as a lifelong MS Office user, it seems a littlebit unbelievable to claim that LaTex could be better.
It seems to me that just pressing shortcuts like CTRL + I to make text Itallic is way faster than to write brackets, slash, Itallic and then text, for example. Or am I wrong? THIS IS NO HATE! I just want you to explain to me, how can I be more efficient, when using gui and clicking on buttons is much simpler and faster than writing a code?
Thanks for your perspective. :-)
We recently bought the Purple Original but I think we will be returning it. It's too firm for me, but it has definitely helped my husbands back pain....so we're still undecided. Anyway, I'm looking into the DIY latex mattresses where you can split the firmness on each side. I like a soft mattress, he benefits from a firmer one.
My concern is that I don't know what a latex mattress feels like and I don't think I can test one anywhere in my area. I don' love the feel of sleeping "on top of" our purple mattress i don't think. But maybe I do? I know I like the feel of memory foam but I know it's not ideal for my stomach sleeping husband. Those of you who have a latex mattress, can you tell me what it feels like? I know it's all subjective but it would be nice to hear some experience.
Are there any resources to help me learn how to put my class notes into LaTeX to format them nicely? All the LaTeX videos I've watched have mainly focused on writing like a research paper, I'm moreso looking to just format my notes. Thanks!
Hello, I have been a long-time lurker of this subreddit, and would like to share my latest blog post with anyone who is interested.
I have developed a bit of a unique notetaking system for school that is based on LaTeX, and many people I work with have asked about how it works. Due to this, I decided to write a bit about my workflow. I felt like posting a link here as well in case it interests anyone.
Just swapped my regular butyl tubes for latex & wanted to see if there was anything I needed to know about running latex tubes regularly. I'm doing a TT in a month (hence why I bought the latex) but I thought why not just run them regularly so that's why they're in my tires now ;).
I have carbon rim brakes, and I know they caution against using latex with carbon rims, but my local riding doesn't have any technical descents where I get my rims hot so I'm not concerned. If I go to the mountains...well, I hope I remember to swap them out.
I know they leak air to where I need to pump my tires daily, but I check my pressure before I ride every time anyway so not a problem.
Regular butyl tubes get kinda cakey / powdery when used for a while so I was wondering if there's a lifespan on latex tubes or if they can just be run until they get punctured? I also know you can't patch latex.
Just wanna make sure I know everything there is to know about latex before I make them my daily rid... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm in uni studying at the moment, while also working as a researcher at that uni. I love report writing, as I have always been good with reports, and I have always used latex to make formatting easy. Almost everyone else I work with in a professional capacity agrees and does the same. However, I just transferred degrees in my student life, and with that, lost the ability to work with my friend who used latex with me on reports. New degree new people, new groups. No one uses LaTeX.
I understand this is a small problem, hardly one at all, but it becomes so painful as people try to come together and write documents. In a large group, using Google docs, you will find (before I go and reformat everything, often last minute because other group members are lazy) different fonts for body text, different colors for body text, different font sizes for bodies. No sense of agreement on font size, color, weight, anything else for headings and sub headings. Forget about a table of contents. Jus... keep reading on reddit ➡
I bought 12% hydrogen peroxide to clean an old yellowed Game Boy. Because I obviously don't want to burn myself I will put some gloves on. Now I wonder if the gloves I usually use are actually good enough for the task. The ones I have are simple latex, not nitrile. Is this safe? Thank you.
What program(s) would you recommend for creating Latex documents?
So ever since I started using LaTeX for my classes I've wanted to see if there was a way for me to write a document completely in Comic Sans. So far the professors I have asked just laugh and tell me they don't know. I don't have a specific need for this but I thought it'd be an entertaining task to undertake.
I was just curious if any of the experts here can help me with my quest. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
I've been using LaTex for ages and my documents always seem to be missing the polish I see in a lot of textbooks out there. I'm not entirely sure what it is, but some professors have this "je na sais quois" which just makes it seem super professional.
Any advice for a formatting newbie to make their document shine?
Using Latex is great. It is a great tool for everyday school papers to professional research papers. The main issue I had with latex was the lack of some basic functionality. For example you have to run 4 commands for something as simple as building a latex file with bibliography in it. Also with the amount of .sty packages out there, figuring out which "apt" to install for building your latex is also a lot of unnecessary google-search. I have written a simple script that attempt to automate these things and a bunch of more. Kindly take a look at the source code here. More information about it's functionalities is available by calling build_latex -h (after installing the program). Also checkout my blog here, where I have written about the script. Any suggestions/feedback and bug reports is highly appreciated.
I recently started using LaTeX and love it! However, I found making tables very difficult, especially when I need features like wrapping text, adjusting widths, adding figures in the table and so on. I ended up using word to make the tables exactly how I wanted and pasting them as figures in the document! :(
Can someone please share tips/tutorials/hacks to make tables in LaTeX? How can I make LaTeX tables as well as the tables I make in word?
I'm writing up my PhD thesis in Latex at the moment and have no intentions on even considering writing it up in Word. Whilst the Latex option is fine for my co-supervisor due to the fact that they prefer to provide feedback on a printed version (this suits me fine). My supervisor on the other hand is remarkably technically challenged and quite a difficult person to deal with in general. The result of this is that they only want to use Word to add comments to my thesis draft, my supervisor specifically said they don't want to add comments to a pdf.
Is there a way to convert a LaTex document into a Word document with completely destroying the structure of it all? I'm in the molecular biology field so the most complicated symbols might be Greek letters at most, no mathematics to get jumbled up.
This didn’t happen today. It happened during the winter. But I thought I’d share my story, through a throwaway account of course. So I had stolen latex gloves from work and used them as they were not intended. I had kept my sins in a drawer in my room, along with used condoms. I decided to do some cleaning in my room and grabbed a bag, filled it with the condoms, wrappings, gloves and paper. I even double bagged, so the content wouldn’t see through. I live on a farm and we put our trash bags outside in a port beside the house, until the garbage truck comes around, which is every two weeks. So I did just that. But the bag was light and it was winter time. Heavy winds during the day. But that didn’t cross my mind. A lesson I would soon regret.
A few hours after I’d thrown it out my father came home and mentioned rather loosely to me that the bag seemed to have blown away. My heart sank. I was horrified. I tried to hide my panic to not cause suspicion of the bag. I went outside to check... keep reading on reddit ➡
We are one week into trying out our Sleep EZ Organic. It came with a waterproof mattress protector ("Slumberluxe"), so naturally we put it on from day 1.
I have been waking up roasting (steaming?) about 3 hours after falling asleep. Same pajamas, room temp, etc., as I used all summer long with our ancient Sleep Number.
Sleep EZ suggested removing the protector and seeing if that helps. I'm just wondering if anyone has had this issue.
*** UPDATE: Slept last night with no mattress protector + a different blanket. Observations. 1) Mattress conforms better! 2) Still a bit warmer than I'm used to, but nowhere near what I was experiencing previously. 3) Got the best night's rest that I've had so far on the Sleep EZ. 4) Still wondering if I should switch to medium talaylay so I stay more "on top" and stay cooler. Not sure yet if medium is soft enough for my side-sleeping. Husband's side is medium, so I can try it out, fortunately. ***
The LaTeX Companion: Tools and Techniques for Computing Typesetting (3rd Edition) (Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0134658949/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_KowmFb3682CZW
I see a lot of physics memes about LaTeX being the only way to turn in homework in college. Is this a real standard? I’m looking at majoring in physics and would like to know if it’s something that’s going to be expected of me so that I can get used to the program and have one less thing to adjust to when I go to college.
I am learning LaTex for fun. I'm making my resume using LaTex. And it got me wondering, is LaTex used heavily in the tech industry even though it's used for documents and not programming.
Hello, I am a PhD student in the pharmaceutical field. I would like to ask your opinion about LaTex, in particular I would like to know if it is a soft skill that is appreciated in Academia or if simply writing in word is enough.
I started learning last year, and really enjoy it! I love being able to be so precise with my typesetting, it scratches a creative and puzzle-solving itch (“how do I do (unfamiliar thing)? Let me research it...”) and it’s gotten me interested in other types of programming.
I am sure there’s plenty of folks over on a specific subreddit but I was wondering if any fellow Cortexans like it!
I started out using one sentence per line like:
This is the first sentence. This is another sentence, longer than the first. This is the final sentence of the paragraph.
But I found that I didn't like having long sentences continuing past the screen width, so I changed to having
textwidth=80 and paragraphs looking like:
This is the first sentence. This is another sentence, longer than the first. This is the final sentence of the paragraph.
Which is visually more appealing to me, but makes git diffs harder to suss out.
Anybody else work with LaTeX regularly? What do you do?
I’m almost ready to pull the trigger on an organic Customizable latex Mattress from Sleep EZ. I’ve figured out our layers, I’ve talked to customer service, but I have one more question for anyone here who has experience.
I think I’ve read that some people don’t care for the cover ( not the protector, I’m talking about the actual zippered cover that holds the latex in) with the wool on top. I have read that some people don’t like the feel of it and how it takes away from “interacting” with the latex. Has anyone experienced a similar issue? I don’t really like the feeling of sleeping on a traditional pillow top mattress with all the little indentations from bottoms (or whatever is used) on the top so I’m concerned this mattress cover isn’t going to work for us.
Thank in advance for the advice!
I've used LaTeX for a while, but I've never used it properly. While I even wrote a 50-page thesis in LaTeX, it was full of hspace and vspace's or copy and paste from the TeX stack exchange. I don't think I ever wrote anything without a compile warning.
I'm wondering what the best resources are for properly embracing TeX instead of fighting it.
So I'm black and I don't know diddly squat about liquid latex. Does it come in shades or do I use foundation to color match? I can figure out how to use it from tutorials, but I wanted to plan my cosplay budget and that's hard to do when you don't know what to buy.
Sorry, if I am over-posting about this topic but I love my G6 and came down with severe, severe rashes the past two sessions. Reading here and elsewhere and the material that Dexcom sent is just so overwhelming and experimental. I know everyone is different but is there maybe a consensus on one preventative measure that works for the most?
~sigh~ it is really troubling and I don't want to go down to the Libre but might have to.
Title speaks for itself econ nerds.
Policy Question: should we petition LaTeX to reassign the names for preference relation symbols. Are we too sensitive to succs in all forms, or are we not sensitive enough?