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Re: How complete a TeX system is Mathematica?

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  • Subject: [mg89632] Re: How complete a TeX system is Mathematica?
  • From: "Steve Luttrell" <steve at _removemefirst_luttrell.org.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 06:37:16 -0400 (EDT)
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Like you I got fed up with Scientific WorkPlace a few years ago, and then 
planned to switch to Mathematica. However, I discovered that Mathematica 
does NOT do LaTeX without a lot of extra work by the user - this is still 
true nowadays. What you need to buy is Wolfram's Publicon 
(http://www.wolfram.com/products/publicon/index.html) which does all the 
LaTeX you want, and then lots more besides.

In February 2008 I asked Wolfram technical support what sort of effort they 
were making in updating Publicon (which is still at only version 1.01, 
though very good despite its eccentricities), and I got this reply from Yan 
Zhuang:

"...we're still working on publicon. We all got sidetracked trying to finish 
M6, but now we're starting up again. We are actively coding a 1.1 release, 
and after that we will be integrating it into Mathematica as a paclet to 
exploit v6 features, and also as a stand-alone app, Publicon v2."

Well, that sounds quite promising. I especially like the promise of improved 
integration with Mathematica, because currently you have to be quite careful 
when transferring unusually formatted material from Mathematica to Publicon.

I never regretted making the switch from Scientific WorkPlace to Publicon, 
and I really look forward to the Publicon/Mathematica unification.

Stephen Luttrell
West Malvern, UK

"Aaron Fude" <aaronfude at gmail.com> wrote in message 
news:g2qhdd$8kb$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> Hi,
>
> I'm writing a textbook and I am wondering whether it can be done
> entirely in Mathematica. I have always used Scientific Workplace, but
> I am now fed up with all the annoying things in it.
>
> Can someone point me to an example of a book written in Mathematica?
> Also, is there support for BibTeX?
>
> Many thanks in advance,
>
> Aaron
> 



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