Re: Re: Which editor do you use for math

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg95713] Re: [mg95666] Re: Which editor do you use for math*From*: peter <plindsay.0 at gmail.com>*Date*: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 06:54:06 -0500 (EST)*References*: <200901241119.GAA04886@smc.vnet.net>

on the Mac I use: MacTex-2008 [ www.tug.org/mactex/ ] which includes the excellent editor TeXShop and supports TeX, LaTeX, PDFTeX, AMSTeX, ConTeXt, XeTeX. For creating diagrams I use: Mathematica incorporating "Presentations" [ home.comcast.net/~djmpark/Mathematica.html ] and export to PDF for graphics editing I use GraphicConverter [ www.lemkesoft.com/ ]. Peter 2009/1/24 Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net>: > On 1/23/09 at 5:07 AM, btreat1 at austin.rr.com (DrMajorBob) wrote: > >>My advice? Stick to Mathematica and/or Word. (Unless you're willing >>to learn LaTeX from the ground up, the hard way.) > >>I spent several hours last night sleuthing how to use Mac fonts in >>LyX, which led to using them in TeXShop, which led to indecipherable >>instructions for using LyX with XeTex, which led to utter confusion. > > Well since LyX is neither LaTeX nor TeXShop, I can see how this > path would lead to confusion. LyX is designed to allow you to > create documents without knowing LaTeX. Usage of TeXShop > requires knowledge of LaTeX or TeX. XeTeX is a command line > utility that extends TeX to allow usage of Mac fonts. Since > TeXShop is basically an editor combined with a GUI for the Unix > tools used to convert TeX source code into the final document, > configuring TeXShop to use xetex instead of another tex tool is > relatively simple. Currently, I've no idea how to configure LyX > to make use of xetex. > >>I found a LyX document that "explained" and "demonstrated" how to do >>this; but that document explained exactly nothing and could not be >>typeset, neither with LaTeX NOR XeTeX. Trying to do so popped up >>error messages (like the ones mentioned below). > >>Explanations (and ERROR messages) FREQUENTLY repeated the equivalent >>of, "If you use *nix, you'll be able to figure this out. No need to >>explain it," or "Make like Sherlock Holmes, and look for clues." > >>Apparently, the developers of this stuff MAY be a lot wise-a**es >>who'd rather, really, have nobody else use their code. > >>Or, at least, they can't be bothered with meaningful documentation >>or installers that do the full job. > > The thing is, both TeX and LaTeX existed much earlier than > things like Word. They were created as Unix tools and still > reflect those roots. The primary installation tools are other > Unix tools. Installers that don't explicitly use the command > line are typically a GUI wrapper for lower level Unix tools. > Likewise, the main documentation for TeX are man pages and > texdoc documents accessed using the command line. Obviously, > converting this documentation to something like the online > documentation found in Word or Mathematica is quite a bit of effort. > > If you are to effectively make use of LaTeX you will definitely > want to get a book written about using LaTeX. Like Mathematica, > LaTeX will require quite a bit of study/usage before you will > really be comfortable using it. I believe the payoff for > learning LaTeX warrants the effort. > > >

**References**:**Re: Which editor do you use for math***From:*Bill Rowe <readnews@sbcglobal.net>