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This page collects together suggestions and views on different LaTeX
environments, as provided by members of my research group; suggesters'
names are in parentheses. Additions
are always welcome; the aim of the page is to provide a resource that
those who are new to LaTeX can use to get started.
For a good introduction to LaTeX, see the WikiBooks Entry
on LaTeX (recommended by Ilya Anisimoff). An excellent primer is
The Not So Short
Introduction to LaTeX2e by Tobias Oetiker and his colleagues.
See also my
Style Tips and notes on Declarative Formatting.
LaTeX under Windows
- 'I use WinEdt and
MikTex on Windows machines.' [Vanessa Long]
- 'I use MiKTeX and
on my Windows install. My main grip
spell checker, which I overcame, when writing my doctoral thesis, by
copy&pasting the whole lot into Word to check the spelling.' [Rainer Wasinger]
- 'I'm using TeXnicCenter for
free and runs on Windows.' [Tuomo Kakkonen]
- 'On Windows I used to use WinEdt.
It costs US$30, but I really liked it. It does all the LateXing by
button click.' [Jette Viethen]
LaTeX under Unix and on the Mac
- The equivalent of MikTeX for Mac is mac-tex. [Daniel Sutyanto]
- 'I use TeX Live with
the gedit LaTeX
plugin on Linux.' [Vanessa Long]
- 'On the Mac I'm using TexShop which is free
and also really nice and
does all the LaTeXing automatically.' [Jette Viethen]
- 'I'm using Kile
as a front end for Linux and Unix-based
It's very similar to TeXnicCenter (for Windows only), although not as
advanced. It's got a bunch of
convenient features for project
management, cross-references, editing
-- of course, and comes with a
reasonable library of latex commands
and special characters.
Missing features/inconveniences: no CVS/Subversion interface; some
features only work with the KDE win
manager, like the spellchecker and the
LaTeX help (though it's true that I
didn't try very hard to make them work
with Gnome); no embedded mechanism for
installing/managing extra LaTeX
packages (unlike with TeXnicCenter,
which does it very nicely).
I like it much better than TeXmaker, another one for Linux. I don't
like TeXmaker's editor and project manager, which aren't that
advanced.' [Jean-Philippe Prost]
LaTeX for Bibliographies
- 'For keeping my bibtex files in order I'm using
JabRef, which runs
any os. It took me a while to find a bib file editor/organiser I
liked. ... Texshop also comes with a bib file editor
that I didn't like as much as JabRef.' [Jette Viethen]
- 'On the Mac I am using
BibDesk for maintaing bibliography (I prefer this one to JabRef).' [Pawel Mazur]
- 'I was fussing over the technical details of the template for my
thesis and in particular the bilbiography and citation styles, when I
came across this neat interactive program that lets you create your
own bst files without having to write the whole cryptic style files
yourself.' [Jette Viethen]
See also my BibTeX and XML page.
LaTeX for Graphs, Diagrams, and Other Stuff
- 'For graphs and diagrams I use metapost.'
- 'On the Mac I am using TexTable for generating LaTeX tables.
I also used LaTeX Equation Editor
to generate PDFs with complex formulae, but
now it seems to generate bad results (maybe an OS upgrade made the software
unstable ...).' [Pawel Mazur]
Please send comments or queries about this web site to Robert.Dale@mq.edu.au
14th July 2009