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I'm using kile in Linux, but, unfortunately writing math with it is very hard.

I'd like a tool to write math formulas in a easy way, like "Basic Math Input" in Mathematica software.

Is there a good one?

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I would suggest looking at possible LaTeX IDEs and see whether there is some editor that would benefit your best. – Werner Oct 4 '11 at 20:55
Doesn't Mathematica have an 'export to LaTeX' feature? – Caramdir Oct 4 '11 at 22:50
For those of us without Mathematica, can you describe its "Basic Math Input" and explain what it is about it that you like so much? – Loop Space Oct 5 '11 at 8:47
I found a good form to do this...using Mathematica too, as Caramdir says and use TeXForm[expr]...do the LaTeX code. I will wait a little for other answers...Maybe i will answer my own question. Anyway, if anyone have a better solution...please say it^^ – GarouDan Oct 6 '11 at 11:57
Even if you end up answering your question yourself, it would still help make it a useful resource for others if you would explain a bit more what you are trying to do. I'm curious as to what you want to do, but have no picture in my head as to what it is! – Loop Space Oct 6 '11 at 13:30
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If you're used to using Mathematica with the various input assistant palettes, then maybe the best option for you to switch to LaTeX is LyX. It has toolbars that contain everything you'd find in Mathematica's basic math assistant, so typing math and structuring your document is quite easy. Just like Mathematica, the math can be entered "by hand" or by using the toolbar.

Here's the math toolbar: Math Toolbar

And here's what the main input window looks like and what it compiles to: WYSIWYM OUTPUT

Note that you could write your document fully in Mathematica and distribute it as CDF and PDF - this is a perfectly valid option. However, I don't believe that the export to LaTeX is optimal. I'm not a big fan of how it lays out the maths and which commands it uses to it with, but a larger issue is that it does not deal with numbered equations very well. And using Mathematica to generate every LaTeX equation you want (through TeXForm) then copy/pasting into your LaTeX document, is going to be very inefficient.

This said, I have used Mathematica to generate some particularly nasty equations (see the appendix of arXiv:1102.3043). However I did use a customized TeXForm type command that used lots of string replacements to make things look nicer and then I had to do all of the line breaks by hand...

My personal opinion is that you should take the plunge and learn how to type LaTeX by hand. It's not that hard and is a useful skill. Kile or TeXWorks are both good linux environments, I use gedit with the LaTeX plugin. If you want to be hard core and impress your friends, then try Emacs (with AUXTeX) or vim (with LaTeX-suite). Ultimately, once you learn your way around one of these environments, then you'll get things done much faster than any GUI/WYSIWYG environment.

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Really like the attention given to me in this answer. Unfortunally I can't use LyX becuase I need LaTeX to write my monograph, but I liked this option. I can use this in other time.I will try this tools too. Thanks. Cya. – GarouDan Oct 7 '11 at 22:16

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