WriteLaTeX – cloud based LaTeX compiler/editor

I found out this online service. Anyone is currently using it? Please drop your comment here.
I currently still prefers github for LaTeX collaboration – or mercurial, subversion. 
But somehow you may have specific reason for using any cloud based LaTeX editor/collaboration service.

8 thoughts on “WriteLaTeX – cloud based LaTeX compiler/editor

  1. Thanks for the valuable information. :)

    How about this idea; P2P LaTeX cloud. Where we can send the TeX files to ANYONE with working LaTeX packages, and the result is send to sender via email. :) … But, it is not that practical, because of the security and privacy issues.

    Anyway, everone who love/like to use LaTeX should have the TeX packages available locally, and by then you are (may) as 'clever' as a rocket scientists. :)

    Thank you.

  2. I agree that it is nice to have the TeX packages locally but I have been wishing for a good Android XeTeX solution and I think a cloud service might be a quicker solution while folks work on porting XeTeX to native Android.

  3. Yes, you are right about the mobile computing. It is not easy to write an article from a mobile devices, but, the “LaTeX cloud” services seem to be very useful.

    If you have direct access to a server/PC with TeX package installed, in your campus/company network, you can send your TeX files to it, and do what ever you want, via ssh and scp/ftp.

    Or try this
    http://code.google.com/p/latex-lab/

  4. These services are awesome. The only missing feature of writeLatex for me is the possibility to edit sources files from a more advanced text editor via ssh.

  5. Hey guys,
    me and my friends are setting up a kinf of LyX online system, with a bibliography system based on Biblatex: http://www.fiduswriter.com . It will all be open source (AGPL) when we finally launch the 1.0 version it in 3-4 months. we just came out with the beta. The idea is to make Biblatex/Latex functionaility available to non-techs. I just thought this may interest you.

    IF you have any ideas or requests just drop us a line

    the adobe developer blog covered us recently
    http://blogs.adobe.com/webplatform/2013/04/17/fidus-writer-foxy-css-regions-spotted-in-the-wild/

  6. For Android I am just trying an application namned VerbTeX. It works with a cloud based services “Verbosus”.

    So far, I have to say that the experience has been fantastic! The only drawback: An external keyboard is a must. Entering the backslash symbol multiple times is a nightmare.

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