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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As far I know, one nice true WYSIWYG editor that is BaKoMa, although include also a source editor. There are licenses since 55$ but there are a evaluation period, so you can test for free if the ratio quality/price is enough.
Another shareware program,Scientific Workplace is a WYSIWYW (what you see is what you want, nearly to a WYSIWYG) that import/export to LaTeX and other formats and include built-in computer algebra system. I have not tested this software.
A free option could be GNU TeXmacs that is a free WYSIWYW but is not a true TeX editor, since files are saved in TeXmacs formats, but include converters for TeX/LaTeX and other formats.
Similarly, LyX is a free WYSIWYM (what you see is what you mean) where the source text is formated according to the structure of the document (for example, the name of sections is showed with the final numeration and with a bold a larger font) but in far of a true preview because things as margins or number of pages are showed only in the preview of the PDF). The philosophy of a WYSIWYM is that you are not distracted from the contents by the LateX commands nor the final format. Again, this is not really a true LaTeX editor, but convert perfectly to LaTeX. This is often the option preferred by many LaTeX novices (and several experts too).
Disclaimer: The above programs have all Windows versions, but I am not tested any of these programs in any version of Windows.
Personally, among the above I prefer LyX, but more than LyX a true source editor as TeXworks (included with TeX Live) that showed easily a preview that can be synchronized with the source (clicking on the PDF go to the corresponding source, and vice versa). Please see the comparison of LaTeX editors in Wikipedia for more details.
I use Scientific Workplace (SWP), Version 5.5. I have used SWP since the mid-1990's and have been pleased with it. I have written several books with it, many research papers, and many exams. Their Beamer template is also good for presentation slides.
At present, I am using SWP under both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. It works fine!
You also can use WinEdt 8 (shareware), almost entirely customisable via a powerful system of macros (over 1,000!) and a very reactive community.
Just two examples of what can be done to ease typing: a shortcut to type set greek letters in formulae is Alt+G, then B to obtain
\beta. This is in the the standard configuration, but one can do more: it typesets
β but saves it as
\beta. When you re-open the file,
\beta is again converted to
β. This is for the legibility of the source code.
Second example: there is a system of personal abbreviations, so that your usual mistyping (everyone has…) is automatically corrected or usual phrases are completed (e.g.
My vote goes for LyX.
- It’s free
You can edit both WYSIWYG part and LaTeX code
- WARNING1: works flawlessly only in math mode
- WARNING2: therefore, each time just copy-paste your math TeX source into “normal” latex editor
Crash course: math in LyX
- open LyX -> new document -> view -> toolbars -> check math (auto)
- view -> toolbars -> check source pane
- push button at the bottom left of the screen (Set display mode)
Start you equation in WYSIWYG, if you need to insert code, press CTRL+L or simply backslash
I like Infty Editor myself: http://www.inftyproject.org/en/software.html#InftyEditor. It's free. It only runs on Windows though.