LaTeX on Macs

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  1. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    What is a good (or the best) TeX distribution on Mac OSX?

    Also what do you use as an editor?

    I am going to be doing scientific/mathematical documents.

    Also, I am new to LaTeX, know any good tutorials?

    Thanks.
     
  2. officerdick macrumors regular

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    i use LaTeXIT as editor. i really like it. drag and drop support. And a libary, where you can sort out your stuff in folders. You also need LaTeX .. think it's a 300mb download or something like that.
     
  3. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    I'd recommend using TeXShop (it's one of the most common front ends for LaTeX).

    To install it you can find instructions at the MacRumors guide here.

    I'd recommend the second install option (which uses a stand-alone installer called I-Installer, available here, and would suggest following the instructions (i.e, install more than just Ghostscript, as indicated in the MacRumors guide) here.

    That installs all the LaTeX guts, and you'll need a front end to actually use it, which you can get by clicking this link here.

    After that, this is a really good intro doc, and a google search will turn up lots of other web-based resources.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    I am aware of four LaTeX distributions on the Mac: Mac veteran Blue Sky TeX Systems's commercial Textures, Andrew Trevorrow's shareware OzTeX, freeware teTeX, and XeTeX, a Unicode/MacOS X font technology replacement for teTeX. teTeX/XeTeX serves as a backend for several freeware editors. Among these are the LaTeXit equation editor, LyX, iTeXMac, texmaker, and TeXShop. The most popular of these is the wickedly-fast TeXShop.
     
  5. irbdavid macrumors regular

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    I second the TexShop/teTex/LaTeXiT combo recommended above, the above trio have served me very well over the last few years, and do a great job helping you put good documents together.

    TexShop should get a mention because of its use of the Cocoa spell checker, which some of the alternatives don't use.

    Who needs MS Word...?
     
  6. happyElephant macrumors member

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    I would like to use LaTeXiT...

    I'm looking for some advise, guys. Yesterday I felt like using my computer for some other purposes than sending e-mails, reading on-line news or using i-Tunes. As a result, I installed LaTeX, LaTeXiT and GhostScript. Unfortunatelly, LaTeXiT is not able to find GhostScript:( Could you, please, advise me on that.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Install teTeX. You will find it at the link in my post above.
     
  8. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    You want to download Ghostscript from i-installer.

    If you want to write full documents in LaTeX I'd use TexShop or iTexMac, (both linked from the [guide]Installing LaTeX on a Mac[/guide], guide, LaTeXiT is designed as a "plugin" application for Pages and Keynote (and writing equations for other applications.)

    If you have already installed Ghostscript it should be located here: "/usr/local/bin/gs/" (put that path in the box without quotations.)
     
  9. happyElephant macrumors member

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    Thank you so much

    Thanks a lot everybody! I reinstalled LaTeX with related applications following your links and I solved the problem of a location of the GhostScript which wasn't correct at the beggining.
    Everything works now! :)
    Thanks again:)
     

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