A handy tool for people who write papers in \(\rm\TeX\)
This blog entry is just a very short reference to
ShareLaTeX.com (click)You must register (ten seconds, no confirmations) but once you do, you will have the opportunity to start with \(\rm\LaTeX\) in the most pedagogical way possible, to edit your \(\rm\LaTeX\) sources from any place in the world, to collaborate on the files with other people in the world, and to instantly see the resulting document in PDF.
I believe that all physicists who are co-authoring papers in \(\rm\TeX\) should try this gadget and it seems likely that I would have been using it if it were available when we were writing such things.
Quite generally, I think that the sophistication of the software industry has reached high enough levels so that even rather specialized activities – like writing papers in \(\rm\LaTeX\) – are now being given state-of-the-art software solutions with all the recent IT developments like collaboration, clouds, and so on. In particular, I've been very happy about MathJax that does the \(\LaTeX\) job on this blog but there's still room for improvements.
Four minutes of work with ShareLaTeX. See more YouTube videos.