LaTeX easy development front end
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/science features:
- 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
- Document formats:
- 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
- Usability/user interface:
- 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
- Native IPA inset and IPA toolbar:
- While LyX supported the insertion of phonetic symbols (IPA) for a long time, one had to (mis)use mathed for that. Now LyX has a native IPA inset in text mode that features
- instant preview
- multiple paragraphs
- sub-insets for top and bottom tie bars
- superscript support
- automatic shortcut transformation
- Contrary to the old math-ipa input method, the IPA inset supports unicode input equally well than TIPA shortcut notation. In fact, unicode input is automatically transformed to TIPA shortcuts. Hence, the kerning and font mixing problems of former LyX versions are gone (as long as you input unicode IPA into this inset, not in normal text).
- An IPA toolbar which automatically opens when you enter the inset (analogous to the math toolbar) and which is categorized like the IPA chart is also provided.
- New supported languages:
- Provided you use XeTeX, it is now possible to write documents in the languages
- English (Australia)
- English (New Zealand)