Easy to install distribution of the TeX language for the Mac
The MacTeX software package comes with an installer designed to streamline the deployment process of the TeX reference edition: all you have to do is follow the on screen instructions. Once the process is over, your operating system will contain the tools needed to run TeX.
However, you might also choose to download and install the MacTeXtras package, which provides an extensive documentation, showcase items, spell checkers, and more front ends.
Effortlessly gain access to extensive TeX resources
The MacTeX installer will deploy on your Mac the TeX Live edition which enables you to use most TeX packages: LaTeX, pdfTeX, ConTeX, LuaTeX, and so on. Noteworthy is that MacTeX comes with more than one graphical user interface utilities, so you do not have to install front ends separately.
Since everything is preconfigured, you will be able to use the MacTeX capabilities right out of the box, without worrying about making additional settings. Nonetheless, the package does not include uninstallation capabilities: to learn more about this process, read the instructions provided by the developers online.
Streamlined solution for deploying the TeX typesetting system on your Mac computer together with GUI utilities
MacTeX proposes an user friendly solution for installing the TeX language on your Mac without too much hustle. Since the package includes multiple GUI utilities that are preconfigured, you will be able to employ the typesetting system right out of the box.
Moreover, you have the option to extend its capabilities by quickly installing the additional front end utilities and spell checkers that are included in the MacTeXtras package.
Reviewed by Iulia Ivan, last updated on July 3rd, 2014
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- Installs updated versions of the GUI applications that were already in MacTeX-2012.
- MacTeX has optional packages to install two font collections (Latin Modern and TeX Gyre) in /Library/Fonts; these TeX fonts are already in TeX Live, but installing them in /Library/Fonts makes them available to standard Macintosh applications like Adobe Illustrator. By default, these fonts are not installed.
- MacTeX installs the latest version of Ghostscript, 9.07, and an updated "Convert" from ImageMagick 6.8.3-3. These packages are self-contained; MacTeX installs no libraries in /usr/local/lib.
- In prior years, MacTeX was provided as a zip file. The install package was rewritten last year using Apple's modern PackageMaker, so this year's MacTeX-2013.pkg is a flat file which doesn't have to be zipped for a server or unzipped after downloading. The package is signed so it can be installed on Mountain Lion.
Application descriptionMacTeX is a free utility created by the MacTeX TeXnical working group of the TeX Users Group (TUG). MacTeX is a Mac OS...