Compile LaTeX Online
LaTeX is a great tool for anyone in the sciences. Not only it allows you to typeset your documents, add bibliographical information and create professional papers, but also you can write equations to send to your friends over the internet. This is very useful when you are explaining a concept to someone over instant messaging. Several clients even support automatic LaTeX formulas in the messages, however I have not been able to find one for Windows. This means that I have to upload all the generated formulas online, and send them a link. Luckily, this process is made much easier with the use of ScienceSoft’s Online LaTeX Compiler.
The online LaTeX compiler allows you to enter in your LaTeX code just as if you were using a normal editor. Then you just hit the “Start LaTeX” button, and in a few seconds (if there were no errors) you will see your formatted document as a PNG image. Then you can send your friends the link to the image, and you are done. The editor also contains many other features that make my life much simpler, like templates for many different LaTeX files (equations, documents…)
There is also a Flash version, which is bit slower but has a much nicer GUI. Also it contains a clipboard with the commands and names of the common symbols in mathematics.