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Earlier this summer we hit the great milestone of 500,000 users with most of those users having come in the past 12 months alone. We want to say thank you to everyone for your support during the first few years.

When we started ShareLaTeX many people raised an eyebrow about us making such an old bit of technology core to our company. However we were quietly confident that LaTeX was still a fantastic tool which is core to thousands of peoples work. Many have tried and failed to replace TeX based systems, eventually someone will come up with something better but over 30 years later it is still the best system available for many scientist and academics. By open sourcing ShareLaTeX I hope it means we can be around as long as LaTeX.

Enabling collaboration between scientist has always been a core goal of ours. Using anonymised data we have done some very limited analysis of ShareLaTeX’s user graph using our sister site DataJoy. These graphs are just pieces of interest, not something to draw conclusions from. I’ve selected a few small corners of the network that interesting and worth a share.

ShareLaTeX User Graph subnetwork

ShareLaTeX User Graph different groups

ShareLaTeX user graph 2

Posted by Henry Oswald on 01 Aug 2015

We’ve done a lot of work to make your compiles run as quickly as possible on our server, but we still have to transfer the PDF to your browser to display it. For large files, like a thesis with lots of images, this can take quite a while. That’s why we’ve completely rewritten our PDF viewer to only download the individual pages that you need. The round-trip time from pressing compile to seeing the updated document should now be a lot quicker for large files!

Everyone now using the in built pdf viewer will be using the new faster viewer.

Posted by Henry Oswald on 21 Apr 2015

We’re pleased to announce the official release of one of our most requested and anticipated features (it’s only been on the roadmap for about 2 years…) GitHub Sync! You can now link your ShareLaTeX projects to GitHub repositories, and push and pull changes. If you’re a git user this will open up some exciting new offline and collaborative workflows.

Getting started

To get started you need to link your account to github allowing ShareLaTeX to read your repositories. You will be prompted to start the linking when you either clone from a github repo or want to push to a new github repo. It is also possible to link your account via the User Settings page.

Import from Github

You can easily import a project from github into a new ShareLaTeX repo via the new project button.

Import from ShareLaTeX

Push and pull to github

From inside the ShareLaTeX editor you can easily push and pull changes from Github meaning you are always in sync.

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Posted by Henry Oswald on 10 Feb 2015