Essential LaTeX Tools
LaTeX is a document preparation system and document markup
language for high-quality typesetting. The system was originally
developed by Leslie Lamport in the early 1980s. LaTeX is based on
Donald E. Knuth's TeX typesetting language. Lamport says that LaTeX
“represents a balance between functionality and ease of use”.
LaTeX is often used for technical or
scientific documentation, particularly because it generates well
formatted papers with beautifully crafted formuale, but the system can
be used for any form of publishing. It employs beautifully crafted
typesetting algorithms. Academic journals will often accept submission
in this format.
Using the LaTeX system leads the author to concentrate on the
structure of the document rather than its appearance. The author
therefore focuses on what he/she wants to say, instead of fretting over
page borders, font attributes, or formatting. Moreover, the author will
be guided in the organisation,
structure, and flow within the document.
The recommended LaTeX distribution is the one that comes with
TeX Live, the replacement of its counterpart teTeX. This is a
general TeX distribution that is actively maintained by the TeX
Almost any editor or wordprocessor can be used to write LaTeX
documents, but many users of the system prefer to use software
specially designed for LaTeX.
The purpose of this article is to identify our favorite open
source software that works in conjunction with the LaTeX system.
Featured in this article include excellent LaTeX editors, bibliography
tools and more.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 11 high quality Linux tools.
Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wants to
make their writing look great.
Now, let's explore the 11 tools at hand. For
each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot
of the software in action, a full description with an
in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant
resources and reviews.
||Combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX with
an intuitive graphical interface
mathematical text editor using TeX fonts
||Documents - structuring, publishing in multiple formats
for editing LaTeX, ConTeXt, docTeX, Texinfo, and TeX files
||KDE Integrated LaTeX Environment
many different tools
||Programmable bibliographies and citations
frontend to manage BibTeX databases
database and bibliography tool for SGML, XML, and LaTeX documents
featured open source LaTeX editor
||Integrated LaTeX Environment for the GNOME desktop
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