I spent a large chunk of today editing a paper that I’m submitting for publication this week, which has inspired me to share one of my favorite tricks for editing in general. Inspired by this ProfHacker article last year, I started using a text-to-speech tool to “read” my papers to me for the final look-through.
This has the huge advantage of being completely objective, slowly-paced, and able to pick up things like doubled words or missing modifiers. There are a ton of tools out there, but I am partial to the Announcify Chrome extension, which has a nice pause button and is easy to use. Plus I like cloud software way better than desktop software, and I sometimes use it to read online articles well.
My (extremely hacky) workflow for this is as follows. Note this works especially nicely if you have two screens.
- Copy LaTeX text into a Google Doc, and publish the document to the web (under File).
- Read the published document using Announcify, skipping through tables and long equations.
- Edit document in Texmaker, pausing Announcify if necessary.
There was also an article about how you can use the built-in software in a Kindle to edit long documents, presumably while lounging on your couch sipping hot cocoa.
I thought I was the only one who did this. It feels silly, but it’s so helpful. When you’ve read roughly the same thing a million times you get really lazy and make mistakes when reading it to yourself.
Btw, Acrobat Reader has a read aloud feature built-in.
Nice! Although no pause button.
Great tip for a student beginning graduate studies. Thank you.
Wow!! I just submitted a paper last week, and my only regret now is to read your post too late! I think it’s anazingly useful and convenient. To try, thanks!
if you use texmaker, you may like texstudio: check it out!