View Full Version : Favourite TeX editor?

November 4th, 2009, 04:24 PM
Hi all,

Yes, there are lots of forum posts on TeX editors, but the one with the poll is from 2005.

Now we can have 10 options in the poll\\:D/ wohoo! I hope I didn't forget an important candidate.

My particular desire is to find an editor for typesetting math in sage scripts and the resulting (Maxima) output. I'm trying out way too many programs, and the learning curve is nearly vertical for this b00b.

What do you use? Lock in your vote... now.

*It would be super helpful if you could mention some of the advantages and disadvantages of the programs you have tried out.

November 4th, 2009, 04:47 PM
I'm using Emacs with AUCTeX (http://www.gnu.org/software/auctex/) and RefTeX (http://www.gnu.org/software/auctex/reftex.html).

November 4th, 2009, 04:52 PM
TeXmaker is my choice. Easy to configure (most of the things are done automatically by the installation) and a very nice and polished interface. Since I'm not THAT much into TeX, I can't say more. As a newbie in this area, I think that TeXmaker is something easy and simple to start with. Maybe an advanced user (which I'm not) will see lack of functionality which other more advanced TeX-editors have.

November 4th, 2009, 09:56 PM
I think lyx is really good.

November 4th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Recently Texmakerx (http://texmakerx.sourceforge.net/) (on the first reading/inputting the text and initial formatting) and TeXWorks (http://www.tug.org/texworks/) (on the second reading, making corrections, polishing and finalizing). I choose this particular combination because of Texmakerx's inline spellchecking and much better marking of matching elements (like brackets, which I use much, even for opening and closing quotes) than Texmaker; and TeXWorks is ideal for making corrections and final formatting and checking since it can do the search through all opened documents and supports quick jump from source document to pdf preview and vice versa with a simple Ctrl+click.

November 4th, 2009, 11:17 PM
I like gedit-latex-plugin. I like having the "click to PDF" button. Nothing fancy.

Also, about texmaker. When I install it, it comes with a horrible yellowish color, as soon as I save something on the qt3-config (under gtk ubuntu), it adopts the gtk theme, but when I restart it, it goes away.

Any idea how to solve this?

November 5th, 2009, 04:56 AM
If I'm editing human-generated LaTeX files, Emacs + AUCTeX. If I'm making a quick, small document, Lyx is easier and nicer, in the sense that I don't have to remember LaTeX commands. The advantage of Emacs+AUCTeX is that you get Emacs, but if you don't care about that, something else may be better. Also, AUCTeX is one of the better Emacs modes. My coworker uses TeXmaker.