TeX and LaTeX are widely used in Computer Science. What other academic disciplines or professionals use it?
I've just started to use LaTeX. After many years of disappointments with word, open office and google docs, I started to use it to write technical manuals for analytical equipment. I found the
pgfplots package really amazing and I also love the package
I'm only a bit sad because I've never tried LaTeX before. It would have saved me heaps of time and I would have produced much better looking reports and manuals.
I definitely recommend it for technical manuals!
Depends on the university I guess. Here in University of Hull only a few engineering and maths professors use LaTeX, there are no LaTeX classes for thesis nor assignments. The LaTeX installation on the machine is from 2004 and hasn't been updated since.
Over the past 4 years I haven't seen a single PhD student use LaTeX. =(
I'm a mechanical engineer working in materials science / materials processing.
I had lots of experience (from quite good to extremely bad) with
Microsoft Office (versions
XP and before, also
Office:mac) and consider myself a "power user" (at least concerning the versions until
Office XP and
Based on that experience I decided, not to write my diploma (master) thesis with
Word, but with
LaTeX. And I'm currently writing my PhD thesis with
Some of my colleagues (mostly engineers and chemists) also use(d) LaTeX for typesetting their thesis, but many that I know use
Some "statistical" data of people
- which I know,
- remember their name
- and know how they wrote/write their thesis
MS Word: by far too many (7 + many many more that I know)
TeX is used for serial letters. I am going to create printed letters, including construction drafts with numbers, barcodes, invoices and business letters with TeX for a small company.
Gemanwings, a German low-cost airline (turnover ~700 mio Euro), sends booking confirmation and invoice in PDF-format by e-mail. The PDFs are created by "pdfTeX-1.10b, LaTeX with hyperref" and the fonts are typical TeX-fonts too.
Since learning LaTeX, I've used Word maybe twice. Meeting protocols, motions, seating cards, lab reports, essays, a songbook, some sheet music (Although Lilypad is hard). It shouldn't be a question of which professions can use it, but rather which professions have the privilege of being in contact with someone who can teach them.
I also use LaTeX as a very flexible report-generating tool out of various MySQL databases, with help of a preprocessor, namely pdflatexdb (Hans-Georg Eßer) or nlatexdb (Robin Höns). I tried BIRT or even the Oracle Report tool bundled with OpenOffice.org, but that was a great waste of time, really. Check here : http://hgesser.com/software/latexdb/ and there : http://sourceforge.net/projects/nlatexdb/
At least one parasitologist, some day attracted by the synergy of LaTeX + R, but now using LaTeX for any type of non collaborative documents, even to simulate some horrendous Word's forms when writing directly over the original template with any word processor become a nightmare.
A lot of the answers given are academic disciplines (and most of those are scientists or related).
I personally have used LaTeX to write my CV. But more interesting, was that I was contacted by a doctor colleague of mine, who was having a little trouble with a document he was preparing on NHS computers. He sent me his source file, and it appears that at least his hospital was using LaTeX to prepare documents providing guidance on the use of certain drugs for treatment of HIV. He mentioned that LaTeX are installed on the hospital computers, and he cannot modify the installations in any way, so I would not be at all surprised if it is at least somewhat commonly used in the medical profession.
I also have a friend who works at a hospital lab who prepared another guidance document using LaTe, after I introduced it to him.
I use (La)TeX for any automatable manipulation or examination of .pdfs:
- measure ad sizes and export them to a spreadsheet for verification
- set ads to the correct size
- concatenate .pdfs for printing or distribution
- variable data printing / typesetting
- interactive ad design using LaTeX as the typesetting back-end and a web page tied into a CMS as the front-end
Biologist here. I use LaTeX for pretty much everything. All my research papers, personal and business letters and their envelopes, occasional family newsletters with photos, wedding invitations, my family cookbook. I have used LaTeX to make several tri-fold brochures, slideshow presentations, 3x4 foot posters.
I am too new here to be able to comment yet, so this Answer is a request to the attorneys for class or style files for basic legal documents: affidavits, motions, etc.
I recently posted a similar question on reddit, asking about the "Popularity of Latex wrt other text processors". Here's a summary from 29 replies.
I myself am in the process of discovering Latex for my own business as a freelancer on technical product optimization.
Summary from reddit replies
Incomplete and biased as these replies are, the answers indicate a wide variety of applications.
Kind of documents produced with Latex
research papers, lecture notes, course slides, lots of equations, graphics of all kind.
Books ("Git", "TeX for the impatient", Publisher lehmanns media (Germany) ...); authors (e.g. for a novel). Reminder: many print-houses offer Latex-templates for authors
Field of Latex applications
research, university, science (Latex only tool used?)
Professions using Latex
research, university, IT, MINT-professions (Math-IT-Natural sciences-Technology)
Latex is used at least in ...
USA, Bulgaria, Russia, Germany, Europe
From available fonts worldwide use can be speculated ;-)
People using Latex
professors, doctors, students
Trend of using Latex
CTAN's up- and downloads seem to be an indicator, which increased at least last year.