# Math Help - LaTeX program editors

1. ## LaTeX program editors

Anyone know of any good programs that are easy to use for LaTeX. Getting tired of using the math editor in Microsoft Word. I actually don't know LaTeX, but would like to learn.

2. Originally Posted by acevipa
Anyone know of any good programs that are easy to use for LaTeX. Getting tired of using the math editor in Microsoft Word. I actually don't know LaTeX, but would like to learn.
For Windows, if you want an operational LaTeX system you need to first install a LaTeX system like MikTeX, then you will probably need Ghostscript/Ghostview and an pdf reader like Acrobat reader. then on top of that you will need a LaTeX editor like texnic center, winedt, texmaker, ...

(google for them they all have homepages)

CB

3. Or just use Texworks that is shipped with MiKTeX. Along with a copy of the Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List, the work gets done cleanly. Well, for most people, that is. If you're planning to include diagrams or very high complexity diagrams and stuff in your documents, you might be better off using a professional software.

4. I like using TextPad myself (I also use MiKTeX, GhostScript, GhostView, and YAP (Yet Another Previewer) that comes with MiKTeX). You can set up inverse search in TextPad (other editors let you do that as well), such that when you double-click in a dvi document, TextPad takes you to the line of code that produced that part of the dvi. I would recommend an editor that lets you do inverse search, as well as syntax highlighting (TextPad does that, too). In TextPad, you can set up commands to do the TeX-ing; there's documentation for all of that. It worked well for my thesis.

5. Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
For Windows, if you want an operational LaTeX system you need to first install a LaTeX system like MikTeX, then you will probably need Ghostscript/Ghostview and an pdf reader like Acrobat reader. then on top of that you will need a LaTeX editor like texnic center, winedt, texmaker, ...

(google for them they all have homepages)

CB

I've downloaded texnic center. Why do you also need MikTeX?

Also what prohgram will you need for Ghostscript/Ghostview

Thanks.

6. ## LaTeX installation

Hi acevipa,

Originally Posted by acevipa
I've downloaded texnic center. Why do you also need MikTeX?
Also what prohgram will you need for Ghostscript/Ghostview
TeXnicCenter is just an editor for LaTeX, it isn't LaTeX. You have to install a LaTeX distribution. For Windows there are MiKTeX and TeX Live. Both install also a easy-to-use LaTeX editor called TeXworks.

I recommend to use TeX Live. If you want to know reasons or if I should tell you how to install it, write it here, because perhaps you've already installed it since you've written the question already some days ago.

Stefan