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Re: Which editor do you use for math articles

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  • Subject: [mg95494] Re: Which editor do you use for math articles
  • From: "Steve Luttrell" <steve at _removemefirst_luttrell.org.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 05:45:39 -0500 (EST)
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For live documents nothing comes close to Mathematica. However, if you need 
to use a widely-accepted standard then LaTeX is the best solution. If you 
like to edit your LaTeX code directly then the WinEdt/MiKTeX combination is 
quite usable, but I much prefer to use a GUI to hide the LaTeX code. With 
this in mind, for the past 5 years or so I have used Publicon 
(www.wolfram.com/products/publicon) to create LaTeX files, but Publicon is 
still at version 1.0.1 five years after its original release in mid 2004 so 
I am concerned about its future. Recently, I have been looking at the free 
Lyx (http://wiki.lyx.org), and after a month of playing around with it I 
have nothing but praise for this wonderful piece of software. Also, 
transferring Publicon->Lyx via LaTeX seems to be robust. One could create a 
semi-live document by hot-linking the LaTeX to demonstrations (or whatever) 
running in Mathematica Player. For instance, static diagrams in the document 
could have interactive counterparts that run in Player.

-- 
Stephen Luttrell
West Malvern, UK

"TL" <latev at shaw.ca> wrote in message news:gkppt1$dpi$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> Although Mathematica 7 is a very powerful peace of software as far as
> the computational part goes it turns out to be quite limited and
> unstable when it comes to word editing and processing, despite the
> claims in the help that it is almost as powerful as WinWord.
> For example it crashed multiple times on me while I was trying to setup
> the right fonts and sizes, as  a result I lost all my work several
> times, it also messed up my fonts, sizes, styles, settings for the
> equations, its undo is totally useless and I couldn't figure out how to
> format a text and a graphic in two or more columns and display them side
> by side in a notebook as well as how to control what goes on what page
> and while printing to PDF often it wouldn't print all pages, but just
> the first 2-3.
>
> All that said I'm wondering what program to use to write my work in, and
> I'm asking for advice - is WinWord any better when it comes to handling
> equations?
> Any other choices?
>
> What is the best way to export Mathematica 7 equations and graphics?
>
> 



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