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latex on a mac

Postby bobbylou » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:10 am


I'm a former PC user who just switched to a mac. Loving it so far, but I'm totally lost as to how to start using latex on this machine. As far as I can tell, it seems like there are two distributions that most people use on a mac: MacTex and BasicTex. Is this true? Also, I tend to not use latex to its fullest capacity (I pretty much stick to words, math, and tables) and I always found it pretty annoying that these downloads were always so huge -- wouldn't it be better to just download packages on the fly so you only install the packages you actually use? Is BasicTex slower than MacTex? Any other advice?

Additionally, could someone recommend a good text editor? I'd like something free that does a good job of being latex friendly.

Thanks very much!

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Postby hanshdk » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:23 pm

Regarding editor, I would recommend TeXmaker:

I am not a macuser, but I've tried texmaker and it is available for macosx...

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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:26 pm


I'm not using a Mac, but I've heard the MacTeX distribution is very recommendable. Further many users recommend the Texshop editor.

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