Monday, November 29, 2010

Group Geology Projects

It is the last week of lecture at UC Davis.  It is understandably difficult to get everyone's schedule to align in order to finish up group projects... as a group.

For now, I'm relying on Google Docs to allow group members to collaborate on finalizing the presentation and written report.  I have no idea how well this will work.

In the end, I'll take all the changes from the written report and put it into the master LaTeX document for printing.

While LaTeX is very portable, the world of Microsoft forbids it.  So I export my LaTeX documents to OpenDocument format.  Generally, that works good enough.  Then I save as a Word Doc in Open Office and import it to Google Docs or forward the .doc for collaboration.  Why should I use LaTeX when I have to go through these steps for collaboration?  Mainly, it outputs beautiful pages without any work, cross referencing figures can't be easier, and... BibTeX.  Bibliography can be a joy!

Finals are next week.

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