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Postby drizzlemiao » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:35 am

Hello all,

I have gone through some threads on this board. But still have no right answer.

I am totally new to LaTeX, and always use Word for text processing. However, I recently have a task to process a huge manuscript written in LaTeX. This means I must find a solution to work with this language. However, I don't want to spend much time to learn LaTeX, because I'm not good at programming and have very small possibility to use LaTeX after finishing this task.

So I would like to find an effective editor which is capable, to a large extent, to eliminate the efforts to learn coding and to provide a Word-like intuitive working envirnoment. The desired features are,

  1. Works in Windows.
  2. Word-like working environment, i.e. operations can be done with mouse and drop-down menus. I'm not comfortable with a lot of backslashes, and a clean writing space help me to concentrate on the text content.
  3. Can work with tables and figures.
  4. WYSIWYG or having a simultaneous preview window. I would like to know what the manuscript looks like when I am writing.
  5. Powerful in writing math equations because the manuscript is on physics.
  6. Can open and save LaTeX files, and also can save as PDF.
  7. Other features such as search, find/replace, compare documents, spell checker, track changes..., the more the better, but not necessary.

In short, I'm looking for a friendly editor away from coding and powerful in equations. Probably, such a ideal editor doesn't exist. If so, please provide your advice for the closest one.
I have look into LyX a bit. It seems pretty good, but lacks the ability of real-time preview. Am I wrong?

All comments are welcome, thanks!

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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:40 pm


Kile is a very capable editor. Regarding your requirements:

  1. With andLinux, Kile runs on Windows. See this topic in our forum. Further, now it even runs natively on Windows - look here.
  2. The editor has a lot of menus and toolbars.
  3. Of course tables and figures are supported.
  4. Kile offers live preview in the newest version.
  5. It has extensive math support, such as by toolbars.
  6. Native LaTeX support, one click for producing PDF.
  7. A lot of features which modern editors have, such as auto-completion, wizards, templates, project management, spell-checkin, and more.

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Postby drizzlemiao » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:57 pm

Thanks Stefan_K. I am just browsing Kile site. :)

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