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Download LaTeX on Apple Macbook

Postby esong_98 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:19 pm

I've gone to several Latex sites to download an editor on a MacBook Air laptop that uses the OS system. However, once the download is complete, I'm never able to open up the program to start a new document or edit an old one. Sometimes I get a message that the program is incompatable with an OS system, even though I'm at an Apple Latex website. Any suggestions? Anyone can give me a recipe how to down load Latex on a mac? What is the best editor to use on a mac?


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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:47 pm

MacTeX is definitely the best choice for the Macbook. Click the link for download and instructions.

On Mac computers, TeXshop is a popular LaTeX editor. MacTeX provides it. I'm using MacTeX with TeXworks as editor, this one is also contained in MacTeX.

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Postby ErnestBlair » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:30 pm

The cheapest, most stable, most popular option is to install MacTeX. It is downloadable as an all-in-one package file (.pkg); just double-click and you're good to go.

MacTeX comes with a few editors, namely TUG's TeXworks and the acclaimed TeXShop, but you can also get TeXstudio for Mac as well.

You will find that, as OS X is a UNIX-based environment, working with TeXnology may prove to be a little simpler than doing so under Windows.

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Postby Johannes_B » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:47 pm

Good advice, i removed the link to the writing service, though. It looked like advertizing, and we don't like ads ;-)
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