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Filenames and LaTeX and Pandoc, oh my!

Command-line arguments for batch-converting files from docx to pdfSometimes it happens: someone sends us a document in Word format, and we’d really rather it was a PDF. The reasons can vary. Maybe we need to post it on a website, and we’d rather users be able to view it in a browser, rather than being forced to download it. Maybe it’s an essay we need to grade, and, like Erin, we want to use iAnnotate or a similar application for that purpose.

When there are only a few documents involved, converting the files to PDF is simple enough; all that’s necessary is …


Write Collaboratively with Authorea


Authorea is a new online platform for collaborative academic writing with features that will particularly appeal to scientific and technical users. We’ve written before at ProfHacker about Markdown, LaTeX, Git, version control, and collaboration; Authorea is located at the intersection of those tools and topics.

Upon creating your account, you are asked “How do you normally write documents?” with MSWord, LaTeX, and Markdown as the three choices. (You can change your default user setting, or cha…


LaTeX in the Cloud

8155665827_61cdd0c562_mLaTeX is a powerful text markup language that allows for document preparation. For some academic fields and subfields, it is the accepted means by which to prepare documents for publication. Like most computing languages, it takes a little time to learn — Bryn Lutes wrote about getting started with LaTeX for us in 2010 — but the effort pays off in beautifully constructed documents.

In the past the learning curve for LaTeX has involved not only the LaTeX language itself but also the platforms tha…


Make Your Own E-Books with Pandoc

Book bindingAs devices for reading e-books proliferate, it increasingly makes sense to make publications available in an e-book. There are a number of cases in which you might do this:


Pandoc Converts All Your (Text) Documents

Pandoc conversion networkFor the past few months we ProfHackers have been running an occasional series about using the command line. I got us started with a couple posts explaining why you might want to use the command line and how to get started using it. Konrad followed with a posts about the uniq command and the sort command for working with text and data files. Amy added a post about how the command line let her hack the NOOK Color, and I wrote about using pdftk to manipulate PDFs.

Taking up the command line is easi…


Document Design: Lessons Learned

Writing materials[This is another guest post by Evan Snider, a doctoral fellow in Rhetoric and Writing atVirginia Tech. His research interests include visual communication, digital writing, and professional writing pedagogy. --@jbj]

First of all, I wanted to thank all the brilliant ProfHacker readers who commented on last week’s post.  More than anything else, I meant the post to spark a conversation, and it did that.  The wealth of comments and perspectives on the post, both here and on Twitter, is evidence t…


Getting Started with LaTeX

[This is a guest post by Bryn Lutes, who is in the last months of being a doctoral student in Organometallic Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis.  She also co-teaches workshops on using technology in teaching, research and professional development for graduate students.  You can follow Bryn on Twitter: @technobryn.) -- JBJ]

First, a disclaimer: I do not use LaTeX on a regular basis.  In fact, I didn’t even know this program existed until I was enlisted to present it at a Using …