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  1. Fix a bug for Safari on Macbook Pro Retina

    PDF texts are blurring on macbook pro retina with safari as web browser.

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    • Add support for BitBucket (not just GitHub)

      filepicker.io currently gives support to files in GitHub projects. Most people in the sciences I know are either computer novices or have more experience with Python. Both of these things make them biased toward Mercurial, and thus BitBucket.

      filepicker.io should be enhanced to support BitBucket as well.

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      • don't propagate changes that don't compile

        It's somewhat annoying that automatic preview stops reflecting my changes when another co-author breaks the compilation until he fixes it (or vice versa, that my breakage is inflicted upon co-authors).
        It sometimes makes me wish I was using SVN.

        It would be cool if changes that don't compile would not propagate to other authors I until I fix them (or deliberately force them to be shared, e.g. if I need their help to make it compile).
        I have no idea how to sanely implement this without slowing down collaboration to the frequency of compilations; if I have to choose, I…

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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for the detailed feedback. We’re experimenting with a few things that may help with this. One is a more SVN-like branching model, which would make it easy to take your work onto your own branch for a while and then merge it back into the main document.

        • enable off-line updating

          It would be great if you could keep synced a local copy of the project to be able to work even when you are not on the internet.
          At least you should have the possibility of dowloading the latest version manually and upload it again next time you are back on writelatex.
          Great work, Enrico

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          • Switch editor modes for individual documents

            It would be nice to easily switch back and fourth between the different editor modes (Default, vim, emacs). Currently this requires switching your global preference and then reloading the document. Being able to switch for a particular document from the edit menu would be much more convenient.

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              • Improve bi

                Improve *.bib editor. No one needs to edit "source code". BibDesk is an awesome example for that. Probably a google scholar interface would be helpful as well.

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                • Address Some Tikz Issues

                  Tikz works very nicely for some things (graphs, function plots from tables), but somehow it doesn't seem to work for plots specified by "functions".

                  Wonderful tool, but it would be great if this minor problem is addressed. (I took a paper I'm writing and pasted the code in, and it rendered almost perfectly.)

                  For example:

                  \begin{tikzpicture}[domain=0:7]
                  \draw[very thin,color=gray] (-0.1,-0.1) grid (7.1,5.1);
                  \draw[->] (-0.2,0) -- (7.2,0) node[below right] {$\eta$};
                  \draw[->] (0,-0.2) -- (0,5.2) node[above] {};

                  %ticks
                  \foreach \x in {0,...,6}
                  \draw (\x,3pt) -- (\x,-3pt) node[anchor=north] {$10^{-\x}$};
                  \foreach \y in {0,...,5} {
                  \pgfmathsetmacro\yaxistick{\y * 1000}
                  \draw (3pt,\y) -- (-3pt,\y) node[anchor=east] {\pgfmathprintnumber{\yaxistick}};
                  }

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                    Sorry for the delay — it looks like this feature relies on gnuplot under the hood, and we don’t currently support gnuplot. We are working on it — thanks for the feedback!

                  • Show page counter in preview

                    When writing a scientific paper for conferences (mainly) with maximum number of pages it would be so helpful to have a page counter in preview.

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                    • fix the jumping cursor gremlin!

                      There seems to be a wee editor gremlin with the cursor potentially jumping position - the most dangerous version I've had of this is selecting a bit of text to delete, and finding a deletion actually happens higher or lower in the document. Easy to miss what's going on and get a problem in your text. I'm running Chrome Version 24.0.1312.57 on a Mac.

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                        22 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We’ve seen several issues that cause cause the cursor to appear to be in the wrong place. If you hit one of these, can you please be sure to tell us:

                        1. Which browser and operating system are you using.

                        2. The text on the line that this problem occurs on.

                        This information makes it much easier for us to track down the causes of these problems. Thanks!

                      • Select words or the whole document in the editor on the iPad

                        The iPad editing is generally great. When selecting a word in the editor on the iPad in Chrome or Safari, the popup menu only allows you to 'copy'. It would be really useful to be able to select sections/all of the document from this menu (like the text in this text box I'm typing in). Then it would be possible to delete large chunks of the document quickly.

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                        • It would be nice to be able to use dot2texi.

                          Dot2texi (http://www.ctan.org/pkg/dot2texi) is a nice package that allows putting commands to create a graph, using graphviz, directly into your LaTeX source (and translating it into TikZ, so that LaTeX fonts etc. are used.)

                          Enabling it would entail 1) Installing graphviz on the server (if it's not already)
                          2) Installing dot2tex, a python script available on CTAN: http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/graphics/dot2tex
                          3) Adding dot2tex and (at least) dot and neato to the list of allowed shell-escape commands

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                            Update: We now have the building blocks in place for this, and we’ll try to get it installed and tested soon.

                            We are hoping to add features to the back end that will make it easier to support this, but it may take us a while. Thanks for the feedback!

                          • Add support for attributed comments with alerting

                            Comments attributed to individuals (author name in the comment) along with alerting on change would be a powerful combination for peer review! It's a highly useful feature in gdocs....

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                            • More tools

                              More tools, like a tool for drawing circuits, a tool for plotting functions, a tool for making matrices and so on.

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                              • Arrow key functionality for iPad

                                The arrow keys on a bluetooth keyboard don't work when using writeLatex on iPad. This makes it much harder to use writeLatex for iPad and adding the functionality should make the experience much more pleasant.

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                                • how can I tap backspace using galaxy note 10 1

                                  how can I tap backspace using galaxy note 10 1 ?

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                                  • Tidy .tex files.

                                    Sometimes it is necessary to download the source and work offline (e.g. during a flight) and then reupload the source once Internet is accessible again.

                                    I've noticed that the .tex files have really bad formatting (i.e. unnecessary whitespace, overly long sentences etc.). I understand that the writelatex editor will auto wrap words depending on the size of the window, but the underlying actual source is differently formatted. However, it would be very nice if the downloaded .tex file would reflect some sane formatting, such as a textwidth of 80 or so, and if possible get rid of excess whitespace.

                                    I…

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                                    • Make Command+Right/Left behave as expected on Mac

                                      On a Mac, Command+RightArrow is supposed to move the cursor to the end of the current line. Command+LeftArrow moves to the start of the line. writeLaTeX supports this behavior, but incorrectly.
                                      Currently those commands take the cursor to the end of the fully-wrapped line, so for example pressing Command+RightArrow inside a long paragraph takes you to the end of the whole paragraph, not the end of the current wrapped line within it. This makes keyboard navigation within paragraphs slower, and inconsistent with all desktop apps on the Mac platform. My keyboard habits are continually getting me the wrong results.

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                                      • It would be great if the bibliography is linked to google scholar.

                                        It would be great if the bibliography is linked to, say for instance, google scholar. The idea is that the user doesn't have to maintain his/her own bib file. For instance, if I want to cite the Cooley–Tukey FFT algorithm, I should write `~\cite{cooley1965algorithm}', which automatically get the biblio entry from [here](http://scholar.google.com/scholar.bib?q=info:Z23UrZCJZbgJ:scholar.google.com/&output=citation&scisig=AAGBfm0AAAAAUTqCQvP0tU6RHfX8cmUnKGwyykUCBVa-&scisf=4&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_ylo=1960&as_yhi=1980)

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                                        • Is there a way of finding out the versions of packages used on writeLaTeX?

                                          I'm experiencing a problem on my local server that I don't get using writeLaTeX. I'm pretty sure it is to do with longtable/tabu, but it would be helpful to know the package versions used on writeLaTeX so that I can quickly identify environment differences.

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                                            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for getting in touch. We run TeX Live 2012 on the renderers, but I don’t know of any complete list of versions for all packages in TL 2012. I can tell you that we’re running tabu 2011/02/26 v2.8.

                                            It might also be useful to note that you can upload .sty files to writeLaTeX to test other versions of packages.

                                            Hope that helps :)

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