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LaTeX Editors/IDEs

What editors/IDEs are available for easing the process of writing TeX/LaTeX documents? Please state some useful features like code completion, spell checking, building final DVI or PDF files, etc. ...
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When and why should I use % !TEX TS-program and % !TEX encoding?

Occasionally, I see other people's documents starting with two lines like that: % !TEX TS-program = xelatex % !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode It's clear to me that the first line declares the engine ...
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What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) for PGF/TikZ?

Are there any WYSIWYG editors for PGF/TikZ? Perhaps something similar to LyX but for PGF/TikZ? If there is no WYSIWYG editor for this tandem, is there one perhaps that allows the user to easily ...
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Is there any way to get real-time compilation for LaTeX?

I would really love to have a software or tool which provided real time compilation of my LaTeX document (to be able to see the final pdf or dvi document as I type the latex code), especially for when ...
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Biblatex with Biber: Configuring my editor to avoid undefined citations

Running the minimal example \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents} \begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib} @ARTICLE{example, author = {Other, Anthony Norman}, title = {Some things I ...
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LaTeX3-sensitive editors

I'm starting to embed LaTeX3 code in my custom classes and packages -- and enjoying it more the further I learn about it --, but at least to me it would make for an even better experience if, as it is ...
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Using Notepad++ with MiKTeX on Windows

I'm using MiKTeX 2.9 on Windows. So far I've been using LeD to compile my PDFs (using pdflatex). I want to start using Notepad++ to compile my LaTeX PDFs as I've lately become very fond of this ...
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What's the advantage of using csquotes over using an editor's auto-replacement for "?

Many editors (TeXnicCenter, Texmaker, TeXworks, ...) offer auto-replacement of " by the desired form of quotation marks, be it `` and '' for English, "` and "' for German, or whatnot. Usually, I know ...
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Methods to edit column order in an existing LaTeX table?

What is the best way of editing an existing LaTeX table? I need to swap the order of two columns and can't think of an efficient way of doing this. My table is a long creature of the following ...
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Selfhosted collaborative webbased LaTeX editor

I'm searching for a LaTeX editor that I can run on my GNU/Linux server and allows realtime collaboration as well as online compiling and previewing. What I've tried so far: FlyLaTeX: Editing works ...
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What's a good editor for (La)TeX programming?

I've found several questions about editors for writing LaTeX documents ( LaTeX Editors/IDEs seems to be the definitive one). But I'd like to know which editors are out there that help you develop ...
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Click on package name to open corresponding style file?

I think it would be super if, in my LaTeX editor, I could click on the name of package... \usepackage{blob} ... and the corresponding style file, blob.sty, would be opened. Do any LaTeX editors ...
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Which text editor to make tables scripts human readable

Suppose I want to edit a table moon & 456456456423423534 & 2342523 sun & 234324 & 3453 You see I have to enter a lot of spaces manually to align stuff. It is ok ...
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Typing and editing Beamer presentations

The ratio of markup to content in a beamer presentation is fairly high relative to a standard LaTeX document. What strategies do you use for speeding up the task of typing and editing beamer ...
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I want to start using LaTeX on Ubuntu. Where do I start?

There are many different kind of options that you can do in order to start using LaTeX on Ubuntu. I would prefer doing that through Eclipse, but if there is a better way of doing it, feel free to ...
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Which is the best editor for LuaTeX?

Many (La)TeX editors support the LuaTeX engine. However, which one offers the best support for writing LuaTeX? Which editor or plugin supports features such as syntax highlighting and auto-completion ...
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Which (La)TeX IDE(s) have good warning/error analysis

We are successfully using LaTeX at our company to create our product documentation. We have a custom document class that works OK and we currently use TeXnicCenter to edit our documentation. "We" are ...
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Editing LuaLaTeX files in emacs

(A follow-up question to Which is the best editor for LuaTeX?) Emacs offers the LaTeX-mode in AUCTeX for editing LaTeX files, while it has the Lua-mode for editing Lua-files. Consider the following ...
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What is the difference between LyX and LaTeX?

Currently I am using LaTeX to typeset all my math reports. Recently I found out that LyX also uses LaTeX, which can also generate PDF, accept commands from LaTeX, but is easier to use as it does not ...
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ConTeXt editors

There is a very active question about LaTeX editors and IDEs. I personally use Vim with LaTeX-suite for any latex editing, and I am very happy with it. Lately I began to use ConTeXt more and more. ...
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How to set up inverse search with Okular and Kile

The title pretty much sums it up. I use the package srcltx in my documents. I am running Ubuntu with Kile 2.1 and Okular 0.8.2 as a viewer. I am pretty sure that inverse search should work, but I ...
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On-line LaTeX editor with Git or CVS support

Before I sign up to one of on-line LaTeX editors (writeLaTeX, ShareLaTeX, LaTeXLab) I was wondering if any of those support a real version control (CVS, SVN, Git, Mercurial etc). I saw that ShareLaTeX ...
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Comparison of TeX editors with respect to collaboration (diff etc)

I am attempting to read my student's LaTeX file and leave suggestion/corrections. This is for Win7 and a file of about 100 pages. At a minimum I expect to compare two files and/or show changes with ...
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Is there a LaTeX editor supporting Subversion out of the box?

Actually I am new to Subversion. Shortly speaking, Subversion is a tool to manage versioning of documents, especially for software developers. You can find the details here. I have a team to write a ...
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Automatically replace all |foo| with \abs{foo}

Technically speaking, this isn't a LaTeX specific question, but there are so many useful tools in LaTeX, and I'm using it to solve a LaTeX problem, so I thought here would be a good place to ask. I ...
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IDE / Best known method for writing Hebrew documents with LaTeX

I usually use LyX to prepare lecture notes, course summaries, etc. The reason I use LyX and not LaTex directly is twofold - I usually need to type in real time - summing a lecture. I think for this ...
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What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word?

What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word? What software is available for Windows for WYSIWYG editing of TeX files?
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How to add new auto-complete options in TeXnicCenter?

When I type "ite" in TeXnicCenter, I see the autocomplete option: \begin{itemize} \item \end{itemize} Pressing ctrl+space will activate the auto-completion. How do I add additional ...
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Why can Bakoma process .tex files so fast?

Bakoma is a LaTeX Editor which has the real-time preview on Windows. On Linux, one has Gummi which has a similar feature and on Windows, I use WinEdt with Sumatra PDF together with an AutoIt script to ...
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Are there any (La)TeX editors that accept pasting rich text?

If I copy text to the clipboard from a PDF file, web page, email, or Word document and then paste it to Word or Thunderbird, it is recognized as rich text and converted to Word's or Thunderbird's ...
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Most useful sed one-liners for TeX users

The title of the question says it all. What is your favorite sed one-liner when it comes to editing TeX files. I have seen at least one sed goodfella on this forum who is writing a book about a sed in ...
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Editor for DTX files

DTX files are based on LaTeX comments, which means that any editor that can highlight LaTeX code will print most of the DTX files - all the documentation - as a comment and thus not highlight the ...
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What LaTeX system should I use for an Ubuntu/Win7 dual boot environment?

I have a fresh install of a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10. They live in separate partitions of the hard drive, invisible (unmounted...) to eachother, but have a common data ...
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Confusing code auto-completion in TeXnicCenter yields double \begin

I have experience in programming Python in NetBeans and using the code hints with Ctrl+Space or Tab is a breeze. Here is my experience with using the code hints in TeXnicCenter: When I type the ...
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Entering unicode math symbols into LaTeX, direct from keyboard, on a Mac

I would like my LaTeX files to contain Unicode characters. For instance, I want to see ∃x.x ⟶ β in my text editor, rather than \exists x\ldotp x\longrightarrow\beta Also, I would like to ...
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Editing *existing* multipage TeX tables in a spreadsheet-like interface?

Is there any GUI/interface/package that will enable me to edit existing data in columns of my super-complicated multipage TeX table? Currently, I count the "&"s to get to the correct column and ...
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Editor that replaces only text inside math environments

I'm writing a document where I had to change all instances of the variable i to x and the document is already considerably long. Is there a editor that will allow me to do this, or in general, replace ...
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Click on macro name to jump to its definition?

Encouraged by a super response to my previous question on a similar topic, I shall persevere with a similar line of inquiry. I think it would be super if, in my LaTeX editor, I could click on a macro ...
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Editors supporting unicode

For some reason it seems that my favourite editor TeXnicCenter doesn't support unicode (correct me please if I'm wrong, which wouldn't be the first time). Can anyone recommend an editor which does, ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of Lyx compared to TeXnicCenter

I'm relatively new to LaTeX and have been using TeXnicCenter. I've heard one or two people rave about Lyx and am debating if I should switch to it. What are specific benefits and drawbacks to ...
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Front end software for people doing editing and typesetting of articles

The editors and typesetters at my organization are not very computer savvy, so I don't think they would be interested in editing in LaTeX or XML directly. However, we are interested in pursuing a ...
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What is best LaTeX editor for win7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: LaTeX Editors/IDEs What is best LaTeX editor for windows 7? I'm searching for best and perfect editor for Latex based on Windows 7.
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Vim: Get Rainbow Parenthesis work with Latexsuite?

I'm using the text editor vim (or MacVim) together with the LatexSuite plugin. It works good, so far, but there is one thing that annoys me: There is an awesome plugin, Rainbow Parenthesis, that will ...
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Editors/IDEs for LaTeX documented source (.dtx) files

Similar to the question "Latex Editors/IDEs," I'm curious if there are any editors or add-ons that directly support the LaTeX documented source (.dtx) format. I imagine such an editor would support ...
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Good LaTeX Table Editor? [duplicate]

For LaTeX tables editor, I am using LaTable version 0.7.1 which is good to a large extent. The only problem I have (so far) with this editor is the ability of adding multi-lines in a cell. Can ...
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Texmaker and TeXnicCenter.

What are relative merits of these two Latex editors: TeXnicCenter and Texmaker? What are their shortcomings to prefer one over other? Inspired by this SO question.
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Get emacs to automatically insert \end{} commands after a \begin{} command

I've recently switched from Kile to Emacs/AUCTeX for LaTeX editing. I like AUCTeX a lot more in general, in part because I've put a lot of effort into learning Emacs really well. One feature I really ...
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What is the optimal LaTeX WYSIWYG editor/platform (quality/price) for Windows 8?

I am doing lots of Math and also writing; want to use in the future LaTeX and seeking the adivce of this community. What is the optimal WYSIWYG editor/platform (quality/price) for Windows 8? Why?
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replace often used Tex-Literals ($ and $$) for math regions into \( or \) and \[ or \]

Is there an editor or IDE (or a script) for substituting the TeX-Commands $ and $$ for opening and closing math regions into the corresponding LaTeX-Commands \(,\) and \[,\]? I'm sure there is a tool ...
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Automatically convert “…” to “\ldots”

Is there a way to automatically convert a basic string into a command, for example converting instances of ... to \ldots? I have to work with a large number of plaintext files, and doing a dozen ...