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LaTeX – your companion for your reports.

For those of you who have gone through the lab manual and reports from previous years, have you ever wondered how they are so stylized and rich in formatting with all kinds of weird equations and symbols. It is because almost all of them are made in LateX. It is a great platform for writing scientific documents. And being engineers it would be a great skill set to grab. I had no clue of it before I came here for my masters. It might seem a bit cryptic in the beginning but once you get used to it, believe me, you would love it. Instead of formatted text (as used in Word, Pages, LibreOffice Writer, etc.), TeX users are writing in plain text. By several lines of formatting commands, content throughout the document are stylized, as well as page layout, indexing, footnotes, chapter headings, cross-references, and bibliographies, etc. Even a complex graph or a table can also be drawn in plain text.

Since the software-based Tex/LaTeX is pretty complex for beginners to configure, ( several different individual software are in collaborative work mechanism ), to provide beginners a quick and convenient way to create, edit and share documents, there is online service (Overleaf) providing LaTeX where you can experience how amazing the tool is. Moreover, it also lets you collaborate with your project partner and can be shared with anyone and everyone with very easily.

4 June, 2019

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