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  • thesisdown

    An updated R Markdown thesis template using the bookdown package

    Look at Thesisdown[0] which is a modified bookdown[1] template for a thesis. It’s based on R Markdown[2], so you get R (or other programming languages) in your document that is run when the document is processed.

    The authors of R Markdown/Bookdown are working on a newer tool, Quarto[3].


  • rmarkdown

    Dynamic Documents for R

  • Appwrite

    Appwrite - The Open Source Firebase alternative introduces iOS support . Appwrite is an open source backend server that helps you build native iOS applications much faster with realtime APIs for authentication, databases, files storage, cloud functions and much more!

  • Zettlr

    A Markdown Editor for the 21st century.

    I use Zettlr ( for all my academic writing. It's a Markdown editor that also supports Latex and exports to various file formats including Latex PDF using pandoc.

    You can add custom Latex templates ( and then compile to PDF. I'm also using Zotero as my citation engine that is supported natively by Zettlr.

    Can only recommend it.

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