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What is Overleaf?

Overleaf is a collaborative writing and publishing system designed to make the process of producing academic papers much quicker for both authors and publishers, from Writelatex Limited in London.

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What is Overleaf?

Overleaf is a collaborative writing and publishing system designed to make the process of producing academic papers much quicker for both authors and publishers, from Writelatex Limited in London.

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Users have found Overleaf to be a valuable tool for easily creating well-decorated documents with headings, sections, subsections, and images. The platform is commonly used for generating CVs, resumes, and study plans, providing templates and remote access and editing capabilities. Researchers, students, and professors highly recommend Overleaf for preparing scientific documents, sharing them with collaborators, proofreading, and generating PDF files for conferences and journals. Its user-friendly dashboard and efficient tools make it easy to create LaTeX documents for various purposes, from mathematics proofs to technical reports. Users appreciate the availability of annotated bibliography templates on Overleaf. Collaborators can simultaneously modify, comment, and edit documents, making it useful for collaborative work on scientific papers and other projects. Overleaf is also commonly used for creating resumes, completing thesis work, and assignments online. PhD students value its ease of use and time-saving features compared to other LaTeX editors. Additionally, Overleaf allows for the creation of research articles without the need for bulky LaTeX editing software, offering short tutorials for tasks like adding figures and tables.

Many users recommend Overleaf for its collaborative features, particularly for group work or when working with colleagues. They appreciate the ability to work together in real-time and find it beneficial for projects such as thesis drafts and writing assignments. However, it is important to note that Overleaf requires an internet connection.

Users also suggest that Overleaf is a great tool for writing academic papers and technical documents. They appreciate the automation of tasks like drawing tables and moving images, which helps streamline the writing process. Additionally, many users believe that Overleaf is a better solution than other LaTeX editing software, especially because it is available on the cloud.

Another common recommendation is to use Overleaf for organizing and creating well-designed reports. Users mention that Overleaf offers efficient ways to document work and provides a variety of templates and design options. Some users even consider Overleaf to be one of the best and efficient ways to prepare LaTeX documents online.

Overall, these recommendations indicate that Overleaf is highly regarded by users for its collaborative capabilities, support in academic writing, and assistance in creating well-designed documents.


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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As students working in groups, we like to use Overleaf to write our project reports. The fact that you can work with several people on the same document at the same time just works really well for us. Together with the fact that you can see the changes right away is just really useful for our group work.
  • Teamwork
  • Organizing
  • Reliable
  • New user friendliness
  • More concise error messages
  • Layout
Overleaf is good to use in a lot of scenarios where something is to be written as a group. However, I believe that it is only good up to a certain amount of people working on the document at once. While I am unsure when it becomes too much, I got no doubt that there is a limit for when it is that good. Though normally, our group size of up to six people has been fine to work with in Overleaf.
  • Live updating document
  • Being able to have several people writing at once in the same document
  • Being in full control of the layout of the document
  • Easier teamwork
  • Better looking reports
  • Better overview over document
Alongside Overleaf, we have tried using Microsoft Word and Google Docs to write reports. While they all let you write in the same document at once, Overleaf just works better for us. Microsoft Word locks the paragraph someone else is working on to avoid others messing with it before the original writer is done. However, it is often slow to open those paragraphs up for others to edit. Google Docs is the hardest one of them to make a good layout on, though with the app, it can be good for proofreading on the go.
August 26, 2022

Overleaf Review

Basheq Tarifi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Overleaf for writing purposes, both scientific and collaborative. It functions well as an easy to use, easy to start up with, Latex editor without having to install additional software and compilers. One of my main use cases for Overleaf is as a tool for writing scientific and research papers with partners. I also use the documentation for Latex whenever I am lost with syntax.
  • Easy to get started and compile documents
  • Collaborative scientific writing
  • Latex documentation
  • Built in templates
  • Comments and chat features
  • Version history is a great feature but only available in the paid version
Overleaf is great for writing scientific and research documents, especially when there is a lot of technical detail and mathematics involved. It shines when using complicated formats such as double column, or changing font sizes and still maintaining professional looking formatting.

One of the best features is the collaborative writing with people in your team. You can work on a document together, leave notes and comments for the other person to read, and if you have the paid subscription the version history feature is great.

The only time I think Overleaf is not suitable is when the document complexity does not justify it - for a simple document without mathematics and just a few paragraphs, or a rough document which does not need to be shared - a simple Microsoft Word document will be better

  • Scientific Writing Collaboration
  • LaTeX Document Writing
  • Formatting of documents for different articles
  • Easier to collaborate with team members
  • Easy reviewing of papers by colleagues
  • Simple to use latex publishing which promotes the use of it
  • Microsoft Office 2016 (discontinued)
Overleaf promotes collaboration and has much better scientific formatting, which makes it great for research papers.

It allows for much smoother and more professional looking documents, with easy to change and configure formatting.

It is very difficult to insert mathematical formulas and long complex derivations in Microsoft Word, and formatting in Microsoft Word is also very finicky.
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