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Thursday, June 7, 2007

LaTeX IDE's: shortlist

I have been looking at various LaTeX editors. The cycle of producing mathematics documents is very similar to producing (Java) software so LaTeX editors are in fact complete IDE's. That's why both NetBeans and Eclipse, popular Java IDE's have a LaTeX module ( NetBeans) or plug-in(s) ( Eclipse ).
I have looked at
* Lyx
* TeXnicCenter
* LaTeX for NetBeans
* TeXlipse (Eclipse plug-in)
* LEd

Lyx tries to be wysiwyg, and therefore does not work for high level math. TeXnicCenter is the tool I have been using from the beginning. Excellent, really, but it lacks features like code-folding. LaTeX for NetBeans. It would be extremely cool to be able to produce math in NetBeans. It can be done but the feature set does not even come close to TeXnicCenter, although it has code-folding. TeXlipse is worse than LaTeX for NetBeans. The document structure viewer does not even support multiple file documents. There is something like the Full LaTeX view but it does not work in many cases. LEd. Excellent stuff but it is not very friendly to projects created with other tools. I was not able to import an existing set of tex files.

My choice is TeXnicCenter.


  1. I used texniccenter as well in windows. But I thought texniccenter is only for windows. Is there a linux version as well?


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