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HOWTO: Run Kile on Windows natively. Works great!

Postby potentials » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:55 am

NO andLinux is involved.

Just the "KDE on Windows" official project.

Kile is available only in the unstable release KDE 4.2.95. It's not available in any other releases of KDE on Windows. So you have to select that specific release while installing KDE in order to get Kile.

1) Download and run the installer.
2) When reaching the "Download Server Setting" window, choose winkde.org.
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3) Choose unstable 4.2.95
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4) Check Kile and Okular.
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The installer will download and install 70 MBs worth of packages.

5) Configure Kile to use Okular as PDF Viewer. It doesn't lock opened PDF files. This way you can run PDFLaTeX while Okular opening the PDF file. Okular will instantly refresh the PDF. It's almost instant preview. Sumatra PDF does that too but Okular is a better viewer. Just Choose "Okular Unique" as follows:
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It works great.

Alternatively, you can use the installer to install from local directory. I've put the installer along with all needed packages in this zip file.

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Postby aliner » Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:17 pm

Thank you. This method works great. Writing LaTeX becomes much easier with Kile and it does not use more resources compare to other editors.

I found out a way to enable real time spell-checking in Kile.
1. Follow the installation described above.
2. Run the KDE installer once again.
3. Uncheck "Skip basic setting pages".
4. When installer suggests to choose the version change it to the last stable.
5. Make no changes in packages included. !Do not uncheck anything!
6. When installation is completed run Kile. In "Tools" menu there will be a checkable item "Automatic spell checking".
7. In case of any problems reinstalling always helps.

PS: in KDE for windows there are few application worth mentioning, not saying of TeX related discussed above: KRuler (screen ruler) and standard Linux desktop games.

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Postby meho_r » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:12 pm

aliner wrote:...
I found out a way to enable real time spell-checking in Kile...

Wait, you wanna say that Kile with KDE for Win has inline spell-checking?! :shock:

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Postby aliner » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:18 pm

Yes, and I use it now in the window next to this.

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Postby potentials » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:49 pm

aliner wrote:Yes, and I use it now in the window next to this.


For some reason, I can't get in-line spelling checking working.

What did you do to get it running?

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Postby frabjous » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:09 pm

That would really be a neat trick, since Kile doesn't have inline spellchecking, even on linux.

Or is there a new version out?

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Postby potentials » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:39 pm

frabjous wrote:That would really be a neat trick, since Kile doesn't have inline spellchecking, even on linux.

Or is there a new version out?


If it doesn't exist on Linux, it doesn't exist on Windows. The version of Kile in KDE for Windows is actually old, it's 2.1 beta 1.

I can't even get any spell-checking working. Clicking on Tools > Spelling does nothing even though aspell is properly installed.

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Postby aliner » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:50 pm

potentials wrote:What did you do to get it running?

You mean that after following the algorithm above you still have not got the menu item \Tools\Automatic Spell Checking?
For me it worked out pretty OK.

I guess in-line spell checking comes with new version of Kate and I do not know much about its availability on Linux. My friends using university (UiB) PC with Fedora have not got it so far.

Update: My friends using university (UiB) PC with Fedora have it working now.

I cannot say it works excellent, but for sure it helps in writing.
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Postby aliner » Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:01 pm

potentials wrote:
frabjous wrote:That would really be a neat trick, since Kile doesn't have inline spellchecking, even on linux.

Or is there a new version out?


If it doesn't exist on Linux, it doesn't exist on Windows. The version of Kile in KDE for Windows is actually old, it's 2.1 beta 1.

I can't even get any spell-checking working. Clicking on Tools > Spelling does nothing even though aspell is properly installed.


To shorten the argument I will post a screen shot showing Windows Vista interface, your message and in-line spell checking in Kile.
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You may not believe it or just follow the installation instructions and enjoy :)

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Postby frabjous » Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:17 pm

Excellent. I'm curious whether I can get this in linux. Can you check the version? It doesn't exist in Version 2.0.83, which I have installed, and is the latest in the Ubuntu Karmic repositories. Hopefully the Lucid repos have a newer one.


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