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LaTeX programs

  1. Mar 20, 2005 #1
    Hey everyone. I wasn't sure where to post this but I thought this was probably the best place.

    I need to find just a simple program that does LaTeX. Obviously it would be best if it was free :). I did a google search on it and wasn't able to find what I wanted, really. Basically, I want to be able to have a program where I input some LaTeX code and get back what it looks like in the program. Thank you very much for your help.
     
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  3. Mar 20, 2005 #2
    LaTeX is built on top of TeX. You can get a distribution of TeX which includes LaTeX from http://www.tug.org/.

    I just started using TeX, and found it to be well, a PITA. If you try to deviate from their predefined styles, you will encounter much difficulty. For example, try changing the page margins . Doing this in Word or OO is few mouse clicks. For typesetting software, why shouldn't this be easier? Like a \margin{} command?
     
  4. Mar 20, 2005 #3
    This is for Windows:
    http://www.miktex.org/setup.html

    This is the FAQ to Miktex: http://www.miktex.org/faq/
    read especially: http://www.miktex.org/faq/basics.html

    In addition, you will need an editor, like this one:
    http://www.winedt.com/

    Open a textfile, put the latex coding (for example formulas) and save it as "document.tex"
    This tells the text editor (for example WinEdt) that it is a Latex file.


    Nice introduction to Latex codes:
    http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~dwilkins/LaTeXPrimer/
     
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