I heard from a friend that LaTeX is much better than MS Word to write my University's dissertation on. I don't really understand why bother writing an essay in code if Word automatically does that for you. However I looked online and admired how organised and nicely formatted LaTeX documents are.
I want to give it a try before deciding what I'll use. I noticed many different files, programs and editors scattered around the web.
I am using a Mac OS X (Mountain Lion) and just downloaded and installed MacTeX.
Now, what else do I need to get started? Can someone tell me what is the best editor out there? And any other essential addons that I need to make the most out of LaTeX?
Furthermore, I also heard that there is a way to immediately show changes you are doing in the editor as you are typing, how can I do that?