About Overleaf

Designed for publishers, academic institutions, and individual authors, Overleaf is a collaborative writing and publishing solution that allows users to write, edit, and publish LaTeX for any document. Overleaf allows users to make changes to any document, simultaneously and will synchronize changes from all authors so everyone always has the latest version. Overleaf automatically compiles the output in real-time so users know how exactly their LaTeX code is translated.


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4 Reviews of Overleaf

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August 2021

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Mustafa from University of Alabama

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Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Higher Education

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

August 2021

Best online tool for Latex

It is the best text editing online cloud I have ever used.

Pros

The best feature of overleaf is perhaps its autofill function.

Cons

Sometimes it fails to recompile relatively larger documents.

July 2021

Miguel from Miguel Aguirre

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Music

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

July 2021

Perfect LaTeX editor

I really love Overleaf for its ease of writing in code, its cloud storage of projects and its ability to share them.

Pros

I love that Overleaf brings me the option of make my LaTeX projects online with no need to install any software. In my opinion I think it's a good idea to have my projects saved in the cloud and that if for some reason my computer is turned off, even the last letter I wrote is saved. I've been using Overleaf since mid-2019 to do my college homework. For someone studying a career in the scientific area, especially someone who usually works with many mathematical terms and equations, Overleaf is perfect for its ease of writing in code, even if you make mistakes it perfectly compiles the code and does not make any mistakes, as would normally happen if you work with LaTeX software.

Cons

The only detail I don't like about Overleaf is that it doesn't let you share your projects with more than one person.

September 2021

Danai from National Technical University of Athens

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

4.0

September 2021

Overleaf makes Latex easy for everyone

I started using Overleaf 2 years ago while searching for collaboration document creation tools. At first I was scared of transitioning to LaTeX, because I wasn't familiar with it. However, Overleaf has a very user - friendly environment and makes LaTeX easy for everyone! I have to mention that I never had to google a single question on how to use Overleaf, even on day one. Also, their data-driven autocomplete makes you comfortable with LaTeX in a very small amount of time! After a couple of times using Overleaf, I felt completely comfortable with both the environment and the language and I haven't stopped using it since then!

Pros

I started using Overleaf for my university reports and now I can't imagine myself using a different software for document creation. One of my favorite features is the autocomplete of latex commands. It makes it easy for everyone to use it even if they haven't used latex before and saves you a lot of time typing. It is also very easy to use when collaborating with others, since you can simultaneously edit the same file and view their changes real time without pressing any button. Finally, Overleaf has an incredible documentation. A great example of this is that every Latex-related search query in Google returns an answer on Overleaf's documentation page.

Cons

One of the limiting aspects of Overleaf is the small number of free collaborators. Even though you can send the edit link to any number of people, you can only add one collaborator by their email for free and thus have the project at their home page. Also, sometimes the pdf render takes weirdly long to finish, but it always looks good!

Reasons for Switching to Overleaf

I used to work on group projects with Google Docs by Google, since it is one of the most popular collaboration tools available for free. However, there was a very limited amount of templates and it was hard to find a suitable one, not to mention creating one from scratch. Overleaf on the other hand offers a vast number of templates for a variety of purposes. Also, it is very easy to customize them and bring them to your needs. In addition to that, it allows real time collaboration, and also features an amazing data-driven autocomplete that saves you a lot of time!

July 2021

Alexandros from Electrical and Computer Engineering at National and Technical University of Athens

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

July 2021

A very easy to use latex editor that anyone can and should use

Overall, a very easy-to-use online latex editor with live compile/rendering that makes your life easy.

Pros

Before Overleaf I had a great fear for latex as being too difficult and time-consuming to write and make it look nice. However, after taking the recommendation from a colleague, I started using Overleaf and I generated beautiful Latex reports very easily and fast. There is extensive documentation for everything you might want to do, everything is online so you can access it from any device, there are plenty of templates to help you jump-start your documents and collaboration tools for teams.

Cons

The only thing I can grumble about is not being able to upload files directly by dragging them on the left panel but instead it needs an extra separate button for this. Also, there could be 2-3 collaborators for the free version instead of only one.