Tuesday, February 1, 2011

LaTeX - TeXworks, Kile, Texmaker, and others such as GNU Emacs & AUCTeX, LyX, and GNU TeXmacs

I am still experimenting with several LaTeX software and editors.  So far I have tried Texmaker and Kile extensively.  They are both pretty good, but not the best.  One thing I don't like with either is the syntax coloring (it may have better color available, but I haven't found it yet; I think there is an option to change colors, but I am not sure how much it improves with Kile or Texmaker).  To me it is harder to read the less colorful syntax highlighting of Kile and Texmaker.  However, Kile is a little better syntax coloring-wise than Texmaker, and Kile also has a few better features (it's been awhile since I have used Texmaker so I don't remember the differences, I just like the layout of Kile better than Texmaker).

However, I have recently tried TeXworks, and so far it is much more simple than Texmaker or Kile.  TeXworks seems to have much better syntax coloring, and it is an easy option to find and turn on or off.  It also recently helped me catch an error that TeXworks nor Kile could catch.  TeXworks it also cross platform so it works for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  This is especially helpful since I just had to use a Windows machine and use Winedt (as a frontend and MikTeX as the TeX compiler), which has only a free-trial for 30 days that I just found out about.

One good thing about Kile and Texmaker is that they will restore an old session so you don't have to re-open everything like you do in TeXworks.  Texmaker has an "Restore Previous Session" selection under the File menu.  However, only after you have opened up files before and closed Texmaker without closing the files.  Kile does the same except it does it automatically when the program is opened.

Anyways, TeXworks (as a frontend and TeXlive as the compiler) is what I am going to be trying out for now.  Really, Texmaker and Kile are not bad at all.  It is just more of a personal preference for cross platform and aesthetics.

I have also been attempting to use Emacs and AUCTeX or GNU TeXmacs editor.  Right now, Emacs is a little scary looking (not enough GUI for me), and GNU TeXmacs seems to be a LaTeX frontend similar to LyX.  I will try to update more on these later as from what I hear learning Emacs can be quite powerful.

Shots of TeXworks (click to enlarge a bit):

Shots of Kile and Okular:

Shots of Texmaker:

Link to AUCTeX documentation: http://www.gnu.org/software/auctex/manual/auctex.pdf

Link to TeXworks documentation: http://ftp.ctex.org/pub/tex/tools/editors/TeXworks/manual.pdf

Link to GNU Emacs: http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/

Link to GNU TeXmacs: http://www.texmacs.org/

Link to LyX: http://www.lyx.org/

Link to Texmaker: http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/

Link to TeXworks: http://www.tug.org/texworks/

Link to Kile: http://kile.sourceforge.net/

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