Thursday, May 12, 2011

Texmaker: Cross-Platform Open Source LaTeX Editor And PDF Viewer

Texmaker is a free, open source LaTeX editor for Windows, Linux and Mac that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX. Like most other text editors Texmaker is equipped with a unicode editor to write LaTeX source files with syntax highlighting, undo-redo, search-replace. Most of the LaTeX tags and over 370 mathematical symbols can be entered quickly using menus. Handy wizards guide first time users through creating tables, tabulars, figure environments etc. Texmaker opens PDFs too.

But What is LaTeX?

LaTeX is a document markup language based on the idea that authors should be able to focus on the content of what they are writing without being distracted by its visual presentation.

In preparing a LaTeX document, the author specifies the logical structure using familiar concepts such as chapter, section, table, figure, etc., and lets the LaTeX system worry about the presentation of these structures. It therefore encourages the separation of layout from content while still allowing manual typesetting adjustments where needed. This is similar to the mechanism where styles are defined globally for an entire website using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

For example, a typical LaTeX input has the following layout


and the output will be this


Texmaker is a LaTeX editor. There are other LaTeX editors such as LyX, and even Google Docs can be used as a cloud based LaTeX editor.


Features of Texmaker:

  • Unicode editor to write your LaTeX source files including syntax highlighting, undo-redo, search-replace, etc.
  • Principal LaTex tags can be inserted directly with the "LaTeX" and "Math" menus
  • 370 mathematical symbols can be inserted in just one click
  • Integrated in-line spell checker
  • Wizards to generate code (´Quick document´, ´Quick letter´, tabular, tabbing and array environments)
  • LaTeX-related programs can be launched via the "Tools" menu
  • The standard Bibtex entry types can be inserted in the ".bib" file with the "Bibliography" menu
  • A "structure view" of the document for easier navigation of a document. By clicking on an item in the "Structure" frame, you can jump directly to the corresponding part of your document
  • In the "Messages / Log File" frame, you can see information about processes and the logfile after a LaTeX compilation
  • The "Next Latex Error" and "Previous Latex Error" commands let you reach the LaTeX errors detected in the log file by clicking on the number of a line in the log file, the cursor jumps to the corresponding line in the editor
  • An integrated LaTeX to html conversion tool
  • An integrated PDF viewer


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