I stumbled upon AutoLaTeX today and it seems to be very similar to LaTeXMk indeed. Can you summarise the main differences, which might help me choose between the two tools?

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    I don't think this is a duplicate as it is asking for a compare/contrast, while the linked question is just a big list which currently has few if any details and very specifically does not answer this question.
    – Canageek
    Jan 13, 2014 at 22:56
  • The title is perhaps a bit misleading in that respect.
    – You
    Jan 16, 2014 at 14:17
  • I have clarified the title.
    – Ingo
    Jan 17, 2014 at 8:52

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The easiest answer is to follow the table in the autolatex site. According with that table, Autolatex:

  • Is more recent (2014 vs 2012, and in active development, as it can be seen in its git repository)
  • Is implemented in python (vs Perl). This is a + for me :-)
  • Supports more tex engines (as xelatex, lualatex)
  • Can automatically convert some file types to include them in latex documents (images, and some programming languages, to be included as listings, I guess)
  • Can export to Elsevier, whatever this means i.e: conform to the document and folder structure in which Elsevier expects the submissions for automatic compilation.
  • Has support for some editors, in form of "plugin".

Since I don't really have any experience with this tool (which I just discovered too), I can't go any deeper in the comparison, so I don't deserve nor want the bounty, but I didn't want to leave the question without answer either.

  • Export to Elsevier is explained below the table.
    – Manuel
    Jul 2, 2014 at 19:40
  • It seems to be implemented in Python and Perl, approximately half and half. That's a - for me: introducing another dependency. Jan 29, 2017 at 6:07

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