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1. support vimrc to remember vim settings

In the global settings or project settings, add a section where user can type some vim settings like a vimrc file, so that key bindings and other settings can be remembered. For example, I like to :map j gj and :map k gk, but currently opening a session will replace these.

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Thanks for the feedback! We use the vim mode that comes with CodeMirror, so the most likely way this would happen would be for the CodeMirror vim mode to understand vimrc. Feel free to suggest it there, or maybe we could develop this as a codemirror plugin. There have been some related suggestions already, e.g. https://github.com/codemirror/CodeMirror/issues/3049

2. Rich text editor should render user defined commands

I use a lot of commands like
\newcommand{\RR}{\mathbb R}
at the beginning of my document. I like the rich text thing, but it is would be way nicer if it could render the user defined commands.

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Thanks for the feedback. We are looking at how we can understand user defined commands in rich text mode!

3. Edit of .bib doesn't work

Modification of an uploaded .bib doesn't work through the overleaf interface.

Tried in firefox and opera, tries to open an additional window, but appears to miss a plug-in decoder?

Thus, I have to add additional references manually. This is quite annoying.

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Thanks for getting in touch. You should be able to edit a .bib file directly in Overleaf by clicking on it in the project menu - unless you imported it from an online reference manager, such as Mendeley (see https://www.overleaf.com/blog/184).

There shouldn’t be any plugins or extra windows, so it may help if you can send us some screenshots and a detailed description of the steps you took before getting the error via www.overleaf.com/contact. Thanks!

4. Custom display fonts for editor

I don't use/understand the rich text editor, but the default fixed width font in the regular editor makes some diacritics hard to see. I would be doing a lot less compiling and editing if I could use a display font that was easier on my eyes! Is that heretical, or could it be as simple as the custom themes?

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Thanks for the feedback! We’ll see what we can do to improve the rich text mode and to provide more options for variable-width fonts in the source editor.

5. BTC

Please enable bitcoin payments. I would like to pay but I would like to pay this way. Thank you!

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Thanks for the feedback! If there’s enough interest, I think we can add this, now that Stripe supports BTC.

6. BibTeX / Zotero / UTF8: convert .bib files to LaTeX compatible format

When using import from Zotero, the export looks to be UTF8, which is known to cause many problems with BibTeX. If there was a way of converting them to LaTeX escaped codes, like e.g. KBibTeX is doing, that would be really helpful.

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Thanks for reporting this. The conversion to BibTeX is handled by Zotero’s API, so we’ll get in touch with them and see if we can work out a way of getting the .bib with escape codes (possibly as an option). In the interim, the UTF-8 .bib files should work well if you are using the more modern biblatex / biber toolchain, which has much better unicode support.

7. svg support

Please support the svg package correclty (needs inkscape within path):

http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/122871/include-svg-images-with-the-svg-package

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Thanks for the feedback. We’ll look into how we can provide inkscape in the compile environment.

I was trying to use it but compiler couldn't find it.

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Thanks for the feedback! It would be best to get this into TeX Live so it will be installed everywhere, but if there’s enough interest, we can install it on Overleaf.

In the mean time, note that you can upload your own .sty and .code.tex files to your projects on Overleaf, if you want to use this package right now!

9. Characters are removed when copying

If I copy paste some text from other site into my Overleaf project, if for example there is the word "different", when I paste it disappears "iff" and the resultant word is "dierent". There are some more combination of letters that are removed when pasting. Thanks

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Thanks for the feedback! We’ll see what we can do to support ligatures in copy and paste.

10. display 2 column figures with figure* tag

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Thanks for the feedback. In the preview, you can use all of the standard LaTeX commands, including figure*.

In rich text mode, the current display of figures is pretty basic. Improved figure display is coming soon. We’ll see what we can do with multi-column figures in rich text mode, but it’s important to note that you can still use them if you edit the source directly.

11. display \underline

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Thanks for the feedback! We’ll see what we can do to support underline.

12. user paper size defaults

allow users to set up their default paper size: it seems to me that you configured overleaf to handle only a4 paper by default

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Thanks for the feedback. We’ll look into whether we can provide this as a user default. In the mean time, you can of course explicitly specify your paper size with most templates.

13. to let me upload auxiliary (.aux) files

All in title :)

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Thanks for getting in touch. We don’t allow upload of .aux files because they are usually generated automatically as part of the build process. Can you elaborate on why you’d like to upload .aux files?

14. Provide one git repo with all projects inside, including new ones

Keeping one repo with all my Overleaf projects updated would be much more convenient than having to clone a new repo every time I create a new project. This would also entail new projects automatically being tracked in git, which I think is a good idea.

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Thanks for the feedback. We’ll see if we can support something like that. It’s worth noting that the git bridge is open source, and it may be possible to adapt it to provide a multi-project repo view. (https://github.com/overleaf/writelatex-git-bridge)

15. Make it possible, to highlight text in the "rich text mode" with different colurs

It would be great to be able to higlight parts of the text in the rich text mode in some colours which need to completed or reviesed.

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Thanks for the feedback. We’ll see if we can provide a highlighting feature as part of our commenting / change tracking support.

16. Don't let enumerate disappear in rich text mode

When typing an enumerated list, the parameters

$\begin{enumerate}$\end{enumerate}

disappear. This can cause quite a bit of confusion and it would be best to leave them visible for ease of highlighting, adding items, etc

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Thanks for the feedback! We’ll see what we can do to make that behaviour clearer.

17. Better Caret

Could you improve the caret? Maybe make it bold or have it in a bright color? I always have a tough time trying to find the cursor in the text. A more bolder version in bright colors would be a huge help.

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Thanks for the feedback. We’ll see about providing different cursor options. In the mean time, note that you can change the editor theme via your settings, and some themes have different cursors. HTH!

18. web editor is annoying for git users

I have one guy working with git, and I work with web editor. This guy will get many commits from me because my web editor creates these commit s during my editing. It will be much better if the web editor have a save or commit button so I can manually choose when to commit

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Thanks for the feedback. Note that the git user will only get a new commit when he pulls, or if you have manually saved a version via the Versions menu. He won’t get a commit for every edit you make. Does that help?

19. Find a way to gain finer control over tabs and indentation

The rich text looks great but I see its still has a few kinks to work out. Actually I think your system is great in any case (its just fine without the rich text) but LaTex itself could be more functional (e.g. not much support for tabs and successive indentation)

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Thanks for the feedback. We’ll see what we can do to improve the consistency of indentation in rich text mode. At present, we mostly leave it alone, except inside list environments.

20. Easy file management

A file management system to let me move and delete files in and between projects easily.

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