LyX is a powerful document processor which allows you to write based on the structure of your documents (WYSIWYM) and not simply their appearance (WYSIWYG).
LyX brings to the table the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX amd the ease of use of a graphical interface.
The end results have enhanced support for creation of mathematical content (via a fully integrated equation editor) and structured documents like academic articles, theses, and books.
Moreover, LyX provides staples of scientific authoring such as reference list and index creation. You can also use LyX to create a letter or a novel or a theater play or film script. A broad array of ready, well-designed document layouts are built in.
Detailed instructions on how to install and use the LyX utility on your Mac are available HERE.
LyX is cross-platform and it works on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Binaries for the Windows and Linux platforms are available on the project's homepage.
Here are some key features of "LyX":
· Math formula editor that fully harnesses the power of LaTeX.
· Enter equations through point-and-click interface or via keyboard with LaTeX commands (optionally via auto-completion). Formulas are immediately visually rendered on screen.
Structured document creation:
· Powerful features for labels, references, index and bibliography (including advanced BibTeX support)
· Word processor operations, such as cut/paste, multiple open documents, undo/redo, spellchecking (uses aspell or hunspell in the background), thesaurus and revision tracking
· Many graphic formats are supported (including EPS, SVG, XFig, Dia and others)
· WYSIWYG for cropping, rotation, scaling of images
· Support for writing documents in many languages of the world
· Bidi support for Right-to-Left languages such as Hebrew and Arabic
· Access all LaTeX functionality with capability to insert plain LaTeX code anywhere in a document.
· Import and export to many formats (LaTeX, PDF, Postscript, DVI, ASCII, HTML, OpenDocument, RTF, MS Word, and others) thanks to configurable converters
· GUI that provides access to all functions via menus and mouse, as well as configurable key bindings
· Comprehensive documentation, including a beginner's tutorial, available in many languages
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· New layout file for the document class APA6 (bug 8391).
· Output BibTeX metadata in LyXHTML output (bug 8451).
· Added CSS styling for Memoir's epigraphs (bug 8611).
· Use master document's setting for all HTML math output (bug 8607).
· support for listings with options (bug 8066).
· add new option -m to select needed modules (bug 8393).
· Categorize paragraph styles of the linguistics module.
· Show a symbol on collapsed branches indicating whether they are active.
DOCUMENTATION AND LOCALIZATION:
· Updated German, French, Interlingua, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Slovak, Swedish and Ukrainian user interface localizations.
· Updated the lilypond example file.
· Fixed occasional crash when exporting a document while View->Source is open and being updated (bug 8425).
· Load the babel package also if the document is English-only (bug 8423).
· Fix call of nonsense font packages in some localizations.