# Vim-latex vs MacTex

#### karohan

##### macrumors 6502
Original poster
What do you think is a better package to use for LateX on OS X: Vim-latex or MacTex. I have used LateX on linux systems with Kile, which has a GUI. I guess that would be similar to the apps offered with MacTex, but would Vim be more powerful? Should I bother learning it?

#### crypticlineage

##### macrumors regular
No matter what type of latex distribution you use, the syntax will still remain the same. Some people prefer having GUI, others don't. MacTex is very comprehensive and is likely all that you will need to get a functional latex system.

My personal choice is to compose documents in vim and process them with pdflatex. I use mactex.

#### karohan

##### macrumors 6502
Original poster
I am little confused as to how you would do that though (using MacTex to compile .tex files that VIM created). Is it as simple as creating a .tex text file with VIM?
Also, does VIM have auto-complete with the code? So if I type $$for example, it would autocomplete with a$$ and put my cursor in between.

#### MisterMe

##### macrumors G4
I am little confused as to how you would do that though (using MacTex to compile .tex files that VIM created). Is it as simple as creating a .tex text file with VIM?
Also, does VIM have auto-complete with the code? So if I type $$for example, it would autocomplete with a$$ and put my cursor in between.
I gather that you don't understand what MacTeX is. MacTeX is a comprehensive installation package for TeX. It includes the teTeX backend and a suite of compatible frontend applications. Included in the package is the well-regarded TeXShop editor. However, you are not limited to the bundled applications. With the exception of a few commercial/shareware applications, virtually all MacOS X TeX editors use the teTeX backend.

Plain text editors like vi and its progeny, emacs and its progeny, and others that include built-in TeX support automatically link into teTeX. Rather than fretting, visit the websites for these editors. Download and try them out. Most of this stuff is free. You will have the answers to your question faster than trying to explain your question on this forum.

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