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SUPPORTED LATEXFEATURES Authorea features LaTeXML for the web view. The continually updated list of packages supported by LaTeXML includes, at the time of writing, 286 class and style files. This is an up to date list. How to include a LaTeX package in your document To add a LaTeX package to your document, follow these instructions. In a nutshell: click on the Document Settings and select EDIT MACROS. What is supported? When writing LaTeX inside Authorea documents (here’s how), the following class and style files _should_ be supported (rendering LaTeX on the web is not easy so we cannot always guarantee everything will work): -- -------------------- ------------------ --------------------- ----------------- ----------------- ----------------- AMSAfontencoding AMSBfontencoding AmSTeX.pool BibTeX.pool JHEP.cls JHEP2.cls JHEP3.cls LGRfontencoding LaTeX OmniBus.cls SIunits TeX a0poster a0size a4 a4wide aa aasupport aasmacros.sty aassupport.sty aasms aaspp aastex acronym amssupport amsart amsbook amsbsy amscd amsfonts amsgen.sty.ltxml amsmath amsopn amsppt.sty amsproc amsrefs amssymb amstex amstex.tex amstext amsthm amsxtra apjfonts applemac.def array article attachfile.sty authblk.sty avant babel babel.def balance.sty bbm bbold beton bm book bookman booktabs braket breakurl.sty calc.sty cancel caption.sty ccfonts chancery charter circuitikz.sty cite citesort cmbright color colordvi colortbl comment concmath courier cp852.def crop.sty cropmark csquotes dcolumn deluxetable.sty doublespace dsfont eTeX ellipsis elsart.cls elsart.sty elsartsupport elsarticle.cls emulateapj emulateapj5 enumerate.sty epigraph epsf epsfig epstopdf esint eucal eufrak euler eulervm eurosym.sty euscript exscale fancyhdr.sty fix-cm fixltx2e flafter fleqn float floatfig floatflt floatpag fontenc fontspec footmisc fourier framed frenchb.ldf fullpage gen-j-l gen-m-l gen-p-l geometry german graphics graphicx grffile helvet hepunits here hhline html hyperref hyperxmp ifluatex ifpdf ifthen.sty ifvtex ifxetex inputenc insertfirst instsupport iopams.sty iopart.cls iopartsupport keyval latexml latexsym latin10.def lineno listings listingsutf8 llncs.cls lmodern.sty longtable lscape luximono lxRDFa ly1fontencoding makeidx marvosym.sty mathbbol.sty mathpazo mathpple mathptm mathptmx mathrsfs mathtools mn.cls mn2e.cls mn2esupport multicol.sty multido.sty multirow nameref natbib newcent newlfont.sty.ltxml ngerman nicefrac ntheorem numprint ot4fontencoding palatino paralist pdfTeX pdflscape pdfsync pgf.sty pgfkeys.code.tex pgfplots.sty pgfsyslatexmldriver pifont placeins preview psfig psfig.tex pslatex pspicture pst-grad.sty pxfonts relsize report revsymb.sty revtex.cls revtex.sty revtex3support revtex4.cls revtex4.sty revtex4support rotate rotating rsfs scalefnt setspacing showkeys.sty siunitx slashed slides soul srcltx stmaryd subfig.sty subfigure.sty subfloat supertabular svg svjour.cls svmult.cls svsupport t1enc.def t1enc.sty t1fontencoding t2afontencoding t2bfontencoding t2cfontencoding tabularx tabulary textcomp texvc theorem threeparttable tikz-3dplot.sty tikz.sty times tocbibind transparent ts1fontencoding txfonts type1cm.def ulem units upgreek upref url -- -------------------- ------------------ --------------------- ----------------- ----------------- -----------------
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Matteo Cantiello

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This post was written by Matteo Cantiello, a theoretical astrophysicist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and Authorea’s Chief Scientist. It is intended to be published as a post on I am aware that a while back a lot of astronomers have tried out writing their research articles on Authorea, a web-based collaborative writing platform. Some were disappointed by the lack of certain advanced LaTeX features (e.g., deluxetables, now supported). You were disappointed, you told us why, and we just implemented some big changes to make you happy. Authorea now has a “Power LaTeX user” mode which supports a much much larger subset of LaTeX. Essentially everything. And unlike some services such as ScribTeX and WriteLaTeX (previously reviewed on Astrobetter), all your LaTeX renders both to PDF _and_ to HTML (i.e., the web). So, why should you give Authorea a spin and start using it daily for your research? It’s a good question. Here some highlights that might guide that decision. 1. With Authorea, your paper is accessible from any computer, anywhere in the world. 2. You can write your paper from your browser, no installation of TeX required. 3. You can write in LaTeX or in markdown. Advanced LaTeX and tables are now supported. 4. Collaboration is made easy. No need for endless emails threads with multiple draft revisions. 5. Every Authorea paper is a Git repo, version controlled. Again, no installations required. 6. Want to work offline via Github? You can. Authorea becomes the rendered version so that your coauthors can still work with you without having to learn Git. 7. Adding citations has never been easier. One click and done. Believe me, you will never want to go back. 8. You can include data and code in your paper, like IPython Notebooks. This allows for transparency and reproducibility of results. 9. Export to any journal format with just one click. We support all the usual suspects, from ApJ to AJ, from MNRAS to A&A. Switch back and forth between these styles in one click. 10. Powerful commenting system. For internal or even external review. 11. Authorea has templates to get you started fast with your next Astronomy grant proposal or d3.js paper. 12. Did I say deluxetables? Well, here’s the same deluxetable posted on Astrobetter a while back, as it is rendered on Authorea: Ok, enough with the list of fancy features. Here’s my personal experience as an astrophysicist using Authorea. I switched to writing papers with Authorea about a year ago and I noticed a number of immediate improvements: first of all MY PAPERS GET WRITTEN FASTER. Then I noticed that I have NO NEED TO EXCHANGE EMAILS WITH COLLABORATORS concerning the paper. All the action happens (and it’s logged) on Authorea, including discussions about revisions and suggestions for improvements. This said, I didn’t really expect the most important upturn. By getting rid of the overhead I had previously considered a messy unavoidable part of the scientific writing process, something remarkable happened. I actually STARTED ENJOYING WRITING MORE! And I don’t mean just publishing; I had experienced that joy before. The difference is I now cherish the time I spend putting my science into words. It might sound crazy, but Authorea did something amazing: it made me DISCOVER THE PLEASURE OF WRITING SCIENCE TOGETHER with my collaborators. So if you ask me “Why should I write my next paper with Authorea?” my honest answer is “Because you will love it!”. My suggestion is that you take Authorea for a spin and make up your own mind. The Astronomical community has a lot of experience with early adoption and innovation, so your feedback can help to substantially improve this tool. Do you think Authorea is on the right track? Is there a particular feature missing that would improve substantially your workflow? Share your reviews and suggestions in the comments!