Everyone has been in that situation where LaTeX spits out some unintelligible error messages that takes 15 minutes to figure out what it means and how to fix it. At ShareLaTeX, we get a lot of messages from users about these difficult to understand errors, so we’ve started cataloging them and showing you quick actionable hints to help you fix the problem, right there in your project:

Log hints in the latex logs

We’ve started with a few of the most common errors, but our final aim is to catalogue all (or nearly all) of the errors that you might encounter when using LaTeX.

Let us know what you think!

Posted by James Allen on 29 Jun 2016

When you have a .bib with hundred of references, it can be annoying to hunt through it looking for a specific entry and \cite key. That’s why we’ve made it possibleto search for entries in your .bib files by author, title, year or journal, and then enter the citation key directly without needing to leave the editor:

References Search Modal

To access the search, press Ctrl-Space in the citation-key autocomplete menu:

Citation Autocomplete Menu

I hope you enjoy using this feature and that it improves your citing workflow. Let us know what you think!

Posted by James Allen on 07 Mar 2016

Many of your have requested this feature, we are really pleased that over the last few weeks we have been working away adding auto complete of your reference keys inside your latex project. To try it out just start your \cite command and see the references popup.

Autocomplete from your reference bibliography file

We hope you like this improvment as much as we do!

Posted by Henry Oswald on 09 Feb 2016